An startup challenge is a rapid prototyping event where mature startups selected on specific criteria compete to create a Minimum Viable Product answering to a specific challenge in a short
space of time.
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For Dassault Aviation, we organized a 24-hour hackathon with an ideation for innovative solutions for the maintenance of the future. Participants have the opportunity to test their solution directly on the aircraft with maintenance specialists. The 5 major challenges were: Predictive maintenance, 3D printing, Big Data / IA, Robotics, and Training. There was also a visit to the assembly lines and maintenance hangars and a Rafale and Falcon on site.
Outcome: 10 selected startups - 1 winner
L’Oreal Research and Innovation organized a startup challenge involving scientists from L’Oreal R&I in New York City. This was a 3-step operation which consisted of:
- A 6-week worldwide call-for-startups phase to identify innovative startups and suppliers across the globe.
- An Inspiration Day in NYC where selected startups and suppliers showcased their innovations to L’Oréal R&D scientists.
- A 1-day challenge (the next day) in Clark, NJ where L’Oréal scientists prototyped new products using samples provided during the inspiration day.
The 3 startups that served as inspiration for the winning projects are currently discussing partnership opportunities with L’Oréal.
Outcome: 52 selected participants - 3 winners
A program calling on quality startups recruited by Hackathon.com to create winning prototypes, incorporating technologies from GSK’s Tech Partners (Microsoft, Atos & Sopra Steria on site), destined for GSK’s internal use. An online ideation phase was set up 3 weeks before the hackathon to train and inspire participants, followed by a 48-hour startup challenge in Brussels.
The challenges were: digitalising internal meetings, creating a personal assistant and an internal search engine to facilitate access to information.
Outcome: 23 startups - 85 participants
"I had reached out to Hackathon.com to organise Vodafone’s first Global challenge and they delivered successfully across the board. I look forward to more innovation challenges with them."
“When we start planning for a challenge at NBCUniversal, Hackathon.com is the only partner we wanted to have. Hackathon.com has been a trusted partner of ours since 2015 and together we’ve successfully executed about a dozen challenges– both with internal and external participants. What impressed me the most is their deep expertise in the space as well as their connections within the various developer communities. The team we work is attentive, extremely competent, organized, proactive and most importantly able to adapt to the ever-changing needs before and during a hackathon. For any company out there who is looking to organize and execute a challenge, must talk to Hackathon.com as a part of their due diligence.”
"[Hackathon.com] are essential for a successful event. You can focus on your own objectives while you can be confident that they run a smooth event."
"Hackathon.com has been organising several challenges and other open innovation events for our different entities. Their professional skills and high level of expertise is valuable... that really matches our needs. Today, we’re collaborating with several startups that were detected during the challenges managed by Hackathon.com"
"We worked with Hackathon.com to launch the new Bixby, by hosting a Developer Showcase. The Developer Showcase unveiled new ways for developers to bring a more conversational, personal and useful intelligent assistant experiences to life. It was awesome working with the Hackathon.com team and I plan to partner with them for future projects to attract developers to the Samsung developer ecosystem."
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