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Blue Hackers Club to host IBM retail hackathon in Hamburg

Focus on developing software for "shopping experience of the future" - knock-on effects likely

The Blue Hackers Club, sponsored by IBM, is inviting students and developers to a so-called hack-marathon in the Kulturwerkstatt focusing on retail from Friday (May 12-14, 2017). The aim is to develop useful, creative or entertaining software products in retail and for the IBM Bluemix cloud platform. The event comes after hack marathons – aka hackathons in culture, tourism and education held earlier in Hamburg.

“Mix and Mingle”

Hamburg’s Kulturwerkstatt is a hot music venue often featuring new upcoming bands. But the volume is likely to be hushed this weekend when teams of developers begin focusing on new solutions for the “shopping experience of the future“.

A “mix and mingle“ at the food truck and chatbot garage kickstarts the weekend. Then, hackathon teams will be built to tackle the programming challenge. The 24-hour hacking will start Saturday with breaks for food and drinks and few surprises. The results will be presented Sunday to the jury who will select a winner. Those interested can register for the free event here.

Tourismus hackathon – discovery tours based on chatbots

Hamburg Tourismus GmbH and nextmedia-hamburg recently held the first Hamburg Tourism Hackathon. Interdisciplinary teams spent three days and nights working on digital experiences of Hamburg. Several new ideas and concepts were presented in record times. The main prize went to the digital assistant “Käpt’n Fiete” for dynamic recommendations and individual discovery tours based on a chatbot. The “Echo Concierge” won the innovation prize for a digital hotel recommendation based on Amazon Echo. The “Go where the heart is” application won a special prize for digital user digital stories.

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