As one of the leading companies in the IT sector, Atos uses a wide range of measures and programs to strengthen the connections between students, companies, business and experts from the industry, in order to promote innovative ideas and use potential effectively. One of these measures is the now successfully established hackathons, in which the participants collaboratively develop software or hardware. This year the fourth hackathon took place, which Atos and the subsidiary addIT organized in partnership with Google Cloud.
The promotion of connections between the various actors in the IT landscape, the mutual exchange and working in teams are important concerns for Atos and its subsidiaries. Thanks to the supported cooperation between companies and young talents, pilot projects are generated that are not only directly implementable but also drivers of innovation for the entrepreneurial clients. Students, in turn, are given the opportunity to network better in the industry and receive useful input and practical relevance. Projects such as hackathons should ultimately create added value for the Austrian economy and drive the digital transformation of domestic companies.
The fourth hackathon, which took place under the motto “Business meets AI” in the Business Technology & Innovation Center in Vienna’s Seestadt, was the largest and most successful to date: Run by Atos, the subsidiary addIT and the common partner Google Cloud, organized for Siemens Austria, Primetals Technologies, Wien Energie, A1 Telekom Austria and WienIT.
More than 50 participants per day, including students from the Vienna University of Technology and the Technikum Wien University of Applied Sciences, transformed the event location into an information and knowledge hub for hackers and experts in artificial intelligence. At the end of the two and a half-day hackathon, the solutions developed for real problems were presented in short pitches to an expert jury made up of company representatives. The team at Primetals Technologies was the winner.
“The hackathon participants were able to establish contacts with important industrial players and learn a lot from each other. As a result, entertaining, creative and useful software products and prototypes were developed in two and a half days. That and the priceless network effect make such events extremely exciting for the industry.”Alfred Seyr, expert for process optimization at Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH
- Key objectives: Show our customers the innovation potential with Atos and Google Cloud
- Participating companies: A1 Telekom Austria, Siemens, Wien Energie, Wien-IT, Primetals
- Teams participating: 5
- Team size: 5-9
- Team roles: Data scientists, Google Cloud Customer Engineers, Atos AI Experts, Software Developers
- Team formation: per customer and formed one day prior to the event
- How was hackathon challenge set: bring a problem from your business you can solve with AI, and deliver the best Google Cloud based AI solution
- Date: 23. – 25. October 2019
- Duration: 2,5 days