Published: June 9, 2015 | Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) is hosting a public Hackathon at the GSVLabs in Redwood City on this weekend. It starts on Friday, 12 June at 7.00 p.m. local time. Registration is still open, so those who decide to take part on the spur of the moment can still do so. To obtain further details and register for the Hackathon, visit: www.hackwiththebest.com
The organizers are looking for new and exciting in-car concepts as part of the Internet of Things. But also innovative ideas looking at how vehicles can communicate with wearable devices. To this end, the Hackathon participants are provided with vehicle data in the form of an API (Application Programming Interface). The three Hackathon finalists will then be announced on Sunday, 14 June at 6.00 p.m. local time. Before the prizes (including a Mercedes-Benz CLA 250) are awarded, however, the three finalists have to negotiate the all-important second phase.
Daimler Board of Management chooses winning project
Following the Hackathon, the three finalists will further develop their ideas and produce prototypes with a team of coaches. To try out their concepts in a real environment, they are given access to Mercedes-Benz vehicles, for example. Plus there will be MBRDNA engineers and developers on hand with help and advice. The day of reckoning then arrives at the start of July when the finalists pitch their projects to the Daimler Board of Management. The members of the Board of Management will then decide which project is the overall winner of the Hackathon.