According to a projection by the UN, two-thirds of the world population will live in cities by 2050, amounting to an urban influx of 2.5 billion people over the next three decades.
With this rise of “megacities” across the globe comes increased pressure for cities to improve their citizens’ quality of life and for agricultural regions to put solutions in place for scaling production with minimal environmental impact. One way to do this is to connect multiple, currently fragmented information sources and data silos. A key catalyst for greater data collaboration lies in location data which helps put together the pieces of the Internet of Things puzzle.
That’s why we joined more than 700 backend and frontend developers, product owners, product managers, UX and UI designers eager to hack everything IoT at Germany’s largest hackathon Bosch Connected Experience 2018. At the HERE sponsored Connected Life hack challenge hackers brought their best game to Berlin and put their minds together to develop solutions for smart cities, building management, farming, traffic management, neighbourhood development, rural and urban connectivity.
The doors opened on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6PM – more than 20 teams formed around topics like smart waste management, automated grocery shopping, blockchain and even preservation of the world’s bee population. Our hacking coaches Rebecca Amir and Richard Süselbeck were on the ground for all 38 hours of the hackathon providing tips, encouragement, guidance, and sometimes coffee to the hacking teams.
The winners of the Connected Life track won not just the respect of their hacker mates in their hacking challenge, but also the overall Bosch Connected World 2018 conference attendees. Their prototype autonomous robot for testing pollution in oceans and rivers – specifically focused on the Yamuna – the world’s dirtiest river – won with its focus on sustainability. Congratulations to team E-MUT!
If you are also working on your IoT solution, try out our APIs and SDKs for free now on the HERE developer portal and start building today. If you need help or want to show your prototypes and hacks, reach out to us on Twitter @heredev