A hackathon brings together specialists from various technical fields to work together on a problem. The second BVL-Hackathon took place during the 35th International Supply Chain Conference. Corporate teams competed for the best programming solution to a data-driven problem.
Important knowledge in your team: Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Mathematical Modelling, Optimization, Big Data Analytics, Data Engineering. The problem was handled by teams of two to four people. Each company was only allowed to nominate one team. Companies, institutions and scientific institutions regardless of industry (logistics service providers, shippers, IT, consulting etc.) could have nominated a team. BASF as host did not participate in the hackathon.
What was the task?
The exact problem was not published until the day of the hackathon. The theme of the BVL Hackathon 2018 had a logistical reference and fitted in with the motto of the congress "Digitalization meets Reality". The problem was designed in such a way that no industry or single company has an advantage. No knowledge was necessary in a logistical process to handle the task. The focus was on data and methods, not systems. No security scenario has been investigated. It was not about protecting a system from attacks or gaining access to a system.
What did the teams have to bring along?
Every participant had to bring his laptop with charging cable, all other necessary work equipment were provided on site.
What to win?
The prize was € 10,000 for the winner's team. It is supported by BASF. Free admission to the 35th International Supply Chain Conference was granted to all participants of the hackathon.
What about some help and mentoring?
The Hackathon was supervised by data analysts from BASF.
What is the procedure?
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 3 to 5 pm: Kick-off Sequence, Room Charlottenburg, Hotel InterContinental.
Thursday, October 18, 2018, all day: Hackathon, Hotel InterContinental.
Friday, October 19, 2018 11am: award ceremony and presentation of the results; the winning team will be on stage.