Comtrade Digital Services Hosted Business Hackathon in Berlin
POSTED ON 20.06.2017
On 9-11 June 2017, Comtrade Digital Services hosted a Business Hackathon in Berlin for the first time. The event in the Impact Hub in Berlin kicked off on Friday evening with a meetup on »How to make future mobility smarter«.
Marko Javornik, VP/GM of Mobility and Travel department, Comtrade Digital Services, and Marta Kos Marko, the Ambassador at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Berlin, opened the event with some inspiring words for the participants. Afterwards, the attendees heard talks from three international speakers. Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie from InnoZ shared insights about his work at the Innovation Institute and his view on the current and future mobility. Thomas Zeinzinger from the Blockchain Hub in Graz introduced the potential of the blockchain technology to the attendees, including the potential use cases of blockchains in the area of mobility. Josep Laborda from RACC Automobil club, Barcelona, contributed his in-depth knowledge about the Mobility-as-a-Service ecosystem and potential developments.
During the next two days, the attendees grouped into seven teams to develop new ideas for business models and systems for a smarter future of mobility services. Throughout their project work, they were supported by three mentors: Marko Javornik, VP/GM, Mobility & Travel at Comtrade Digital Services, Nina Jurčič, Art Director at BlackBill Internet GmbH and Orsola De Marco, Head of Startups at Open Data Institute.
After extensive brainstorming, drafting and working on projects, the teams pitched their ideas to an international jury on the Sunday afternoon. The jury consisted of four professionals from different business areas: David Grant, Senior Project Manager for MaaS at FIA Brussels, Roman Pickl, CTO at Fluidtime, Orsola de Marco, Head of Startups at Open Data Institute and Anna Rösch, Head of Finance at ImpactHub Berlin. With their diverse competencies, members of the jury complemented each other well and were able to evaluate the pitches from different viewpoints.
In the end, three ideas qualified as winners:
3rd place: Move4Less: a platform linking mobility and data to enable a seamless mobility and ticketing experience, topped by a data-driven business layer for targeted advertising linked to the destination and traveler’s profile.
2nd place: PackShare: a solution addressing goods deliveries in urban areas, creating distribution centers at the outside borders of cities and a smart, electric fleet of delivery trucks with optimized routes delivering packages within the cities.
1st place: MoveYa: Mobility designed for you. The idea embraces individual needs and preferences of each customer, providing them with the opportunity to filter their mobility options based on their travel needs and preferred modes of transportation, making mobility more social and individual.
Comtrade Digital Services’ Mobility and Travel team wants to thank all contributors, sponsors and attendees of this event for making this weekend such a success.