The Challenges

At our intercampus hackathon, there will be a total of three challenges that are set by different companies on the topic of smart city, addressing various aspects of urban life.

Based on the challenge description, you can decide in advance on a question that you would like to work on together with your team during the hackathon.

Important! The challenges are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
This means that if you register quickly, you have a better chance of working on your "desired challenge" during the Hackathon.

When registering, you can assign priorities for each of the three challenges. The following challenges will be worked on during the hackathon:

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Digitally in Style: Re-Opening Businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the breaking news about the COVID-19 vaccines were published, cities are hopeful about the reopening of businesses, especially the tourism industry that much needs the economic boost. Many ideas about using digital solutions to help these businesses have been floating around, e.g., blockchain-based vaccination certification, and wristbands for tourists. This problem statement challenges you to think holistically about the entire journey of visitors to provide both a predictive and preventative digital mechanism to help businesses reopen at the lowest risk acceptable of getting sick with COVID-19.

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Creating Smarter Life in Public Spaces

A smart city should not only be efficient, it should also make people feel good. Scene hotspots that exude an intimidating or even dangerous atmosphere, combined with waste collections left around should be avoided in order to promote the maintenance of the cityscape. This is where monitoring of public places comes in.

Collect diverse information/data in new ways to identify gatherings in these areas and find approaches to counteract them. The interface is provided by ATLAS IoT Tech and Smart City Solutions GmbH with an area-wide LoRaWAN network, through which you can transmit sensor data and use it on various channels (MQTT, HTTP Push, databases). What technologies would you use to identify the emergence of such gatherings/hotspots to respond to the identified situation?

Develop a concept with a small-scale prototype to influence the atmosphere of the square so that the crowd can be dispersed peacefully.

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Inclusivity/Urban City

One of the main mobility barriers experienced by users with disabilities are in public transport, in terms of urban and architectural design, as well as information communication (e.g. information that allows them to know where to board and descend). Given the importance of urban planning and duration needed to effect change, it is also critical for governments to understand the distribution of people with disabilities in the community, to identify critical areas to improve accessibility.

How can we design a solution that addresses mobility barriers faced by commuters with impairments (visual, motor, auditory, and cognitive) through?

  1. collecting and analysing data on the population distribution of people with disabilities within the country so as to better inform urban planners to prioritize regions to improve accessibility?
  2. identifying and visualizing problems that greatly hinder usability, accessibility, and inclusivity for public transport systems?
  3. redesigning of public transport systems to enable greater accessibility to commuters with disabilities?