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What are Startup Challenges?

A 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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Launch new products & solutions

  • Create new solutions and products in minimal time
  • Innovate faster and more creatively
  • Collaborate with the developer and startup communities and tap into their expertise
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  • Enhance employer branding and raise awareness of your initiatives
  • Spot the best talent in a unique environment
  • Find specific profiles that match your business needs
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Collaborate with mature startups

  • Create mature and innovative solutions
  • Incorporate mature startups into your business ecosystem
  • Save resources and involve senior stakeholders
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Startup Challenges Examples

Dassault aviation Startup Challenge

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.

ROI: 120 highly-qualified participants

  • 10 selected startups
  • 1 winner

L'Oreal 'Hack the Lips' Startup Challenge

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.

ROI: Partnerships with 3 top startups

  • 52 selected participants
  • 3 winners

GSK "Immunohack" health Startup Challenge

BeMyApp organized a 48-hour innovation challenge in San Francisco with developers, designers, marketers and innovators who gathered to create innovative solutions around educating patients and parents on vaccination in general, on the overall benefits and risks before seeing a healthcare professional. This innovation challenge was focusing on three main challenges:

- Educating parents of infants, school-age children, and teenagers
- Educating adults and older adults.
- Enabling healthcare professionals

BeMyApp incubated the best 3 projects with GSK to develop them further.

ROI: 3 startups integrated to GSK Accelerator

  • 102 attendees
  • 21 projects demoed
  • 3 winners

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SVP, Head of Digital and Emerging Technologies - NBCUniversal
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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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Global Director of Developer Relations - Samsung Bixby

SUDHARSANA SRINIVASAN

Program Coordinator, Z Developer Ecosystem

A highly responsive, friendly and energetic team, eager to ensure that your event is a success. I love working with this team and thank them for a record breaking event this year!

AMIT AKHELIKAR

Group Commercial, Head of Mobile Apps

I had reached out to Hackathon.com to organise Vodafone’s first Global Hackathon and they delivered successfully across the board. I look forward to more Hackathons with them.

SIMON COUTEL

Innovation  & Digital Leader

Hackathon.com has been organizing several hackathons and other open innovation events for our different entities. Their professional skills and high level of expertise is valuable and really matches our needs. Today, we’re collaborating with several startups that were detected during the hackathons managed by Hackathon.com.

DAVID GENE

Global Director of Developer Relations - Samsung Bixby

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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