SPD Hackathon: How we Accidentally Dethroned the German Chancellor #Schulzzug

In Germany’s 2017 national election it really looks like Martin Schulz (SPD, Gottkanzler) has the momentum to beat Angela Merkel. Germany’s social democratic party (SPD) was able to start a positive hype around their candidate Martin Schulz that had its origins in the Internet; organically. Thousands of memes were shard online, like the Schulz-Train – promoting the values of Martin Schulz and the SPD: A strong Europe for a bright future for all EU citizens.

Hackathon Stuttgart 2016: Hacking a street-sweeper: SuperMarioKehrt

This year’s Hackathon Stuttgart took place in the beautiful Römercastel location in Bad Cannstatt. This is a huge building with plenty of places to work and sleep at night. This hackathon is organized by logicline. The Idea When it comes to hackathons I am always a fan of crazy projects you wouldn’t or cannot do at home. In this case we were interested in Car2Go and Kärcher (which is a German company producing machines and equipment for cleaning) – both provided interesting hardware for the event.

funk Hackathon Mainz: WorldWide Protest

At this year’s Funk Hackathon in Mainz we developed a platform to organise and participate in protests all around the world. This platform helps to strengthen the democracy we live in by bringing together organisers and participants for protests against right-wing ideology, nationalism or for animal’s rights. In the last couple years, young people have often been accused of not being political. A generation where political activism equals clicktivism or slacktivism that remains digital, but fails to show visible dissatisfaction with policies on the streets.

TravelHack at SFO Hackathon: SafeStay

THack was a hackathon organized by the airport administration. The hackathon took place within SFO – the airport of San Francisco. Larissa and I decided to participate in the hackathon before flying home. Inspiration Two German developers came to San Fransisco two years ago for Apple Developer Conference. Looking for a cheap and convenient place to stay, they booked a room at a hotel at Tenderloin, SF. However, they had no idea that Tenderloin was an unsafe place at nights.

Wikipedia Open Culture Hackathon in Bern: Cultural Music Radio

We built a “cultural music radio” which plays suitable music depending on your gps location or travel route. Our backend server looks for artists and musicians nearby the user’s location and sends back an array of Spotify music tracks which will then be played on the iOS app. We use a python server backend to process RESTful API requests. Clients can send their gps location and will receive a list of Spotify tracks which have a connection to this location (e.

Evernote Apple Watch Hackathon:  Watch Vocab Trainer App

Evernote organized an AppleWatch hackathon in Zürich. There I met with Arik, whom I know from previous WWDCs. We developed an Apple Watch app which helps to learn vocabulary on the go. We use different sensors to determine when the user is idling, for example waiting at a red traffic light. We then push a little exercise notification which includes one vocabulary. This can help to learn a new language on the go without a big effort.

Hackathon Stuttgart 2014: MealHub

MealHub was our project at the Hackathon Stuttgart 2014. We developed this app to be able to meet new people, cook and eat together. The initial problem was the lack of lunch options at our university. But what if every dorm could be a canteen? Cooking for five people is not much more time-consuming than cooking for one or two. After all we received the “price for best project”. After winning the hackathon we decided to continue working on MealHub and release the app on market.

Halloween Hackathon 2014: Kolumbus, a cultural travel buddy

Kolumbus is an intelligent, gps-based iOS application + server-backend, which reminds you to visit cultural institutions, when you are already there. The idea is to encorage especially young people to enjoy cultural highlights without additional effort. This project was rewarded with “Price for best Application”. The source code is available on GitHub.

Paypal’s BattleHack London 2014 – RunForIt!

We developed an app which helps to collect donations for charity by running. People who participate pledge a certain amount of money for every mile you run which is then automatically collected and donated to the charity organization. You can select from different charity organizations manually who should receive the donations which are collected by your running activity.

IBM Hackathon Uni Stuttgart: Weather-Alarm App

At IBM’s bluemix hackathon we developed an iPhone app with intelligent weather capabilities: The app can wake you up earlier when harsh weather conditions occur (for instance snow). It is also able to warn you before certain weather conditions appear using the weather forecast. All calculations are done on IBM’s bluemix backend system, which then sends out a push notification to our fronted iPhone app. Read more about the hackathon and our project on IBM’s website.

HP Hackathon San Francisco 2014: Reviewily

A single restaurant can have thousands of reviews. Way too much noise to actually get exactly what you may want. At Reviewily we help organize the reviews, ratings, and comments so you can dive directly into what you care about, what people mention a lot, and you can be a more informed customer. Using IDOLOnDemand API (Sentiment Analysis) we pin point specific topics people people care about when reading reviews & comments.

Hackathon Stuttgart 2013: Multiplayer GravityGuy Game

We developed a game which can be controlled using a smartphone. The controller is a website which uses touch-input events which are then transferred to out server which displays the game on a large monitor-matrix. The school where this took place offers such an monitor-matrix, this is why we came up with this idea. Up to for players can play together using their smartphones as controller and seeing the game on the monitor matrix.