The first edition of Hack It, the first hackathon organised by Hrvatski Telekom in co-operation with hub: raum, a Deutsche Telekom start-up incubator with branches in Berlin, Krakow, and Tel Aviv, has recently ended.
Maggie team members with Davor Tomašković, President of the Management Board, and Richard Brešković, Marketing Director
The main criteria upon the selection of the winner were innovativeness and the development of the idea, as well as its market potential. Maggie project, behind which it is important to mention Ivan Voras,Bojan Opačak,andMarijan Jurešić, received the greatest number of votes and won the first prize worth HRK 20,000. It provided a vision of a personal digital assistant that follows one’s conversations through a mobile phone and hence, based on the data and patterns collected, predicts user requirements and wishes and acts accordingly (for example, it automatically schedules a meeting arranged during a conversation and enters it into the digital calendar).
Davor Tomašković, President of the Management Board of HT, and Richard Brešković, Marketing Director, presented the award to the winners.
Second ranked HoloTalk won Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) along with Gear Fit. The team comprising of Darian Škarica,Oleg Jakovljev,Josip ŠarlijaandMarko Mijatovićdeveloped a platform for holographic communication against the backdrop of mixed reality.
The OffCom team (Dino Budilimić,Nica Acosta,Tamara Dika) ranked third and won Samsung Gear Icon X. The team developed a mesh network forofflinecommunication between devices.
The teams will also be provided the opportunity to access hub:raum.
The participating ten teams with a total of 43 contestants presented their solutions to an expert panel comprising of nine members and the audience at Hrvatski Telekom premises in Stara Trešnjevka Park. All the teams were provided the opportunity to deliver a three-minute presentation and additional three minutes were at their disposal for answering questions posed by the expert panel and the audience.
Most solutions provided diverse versions of personal digital assistants, yet there were also solutions relying on technologies and platforms that are yet to mature, such as virtual reality.
Prior to the delivery of presentations, both the audience and the participants were addressed by Jakub Probola, Managing Director at hub:raum Krakow, who thanked the participants for providing their own views of the future of communications. “It is not always easy to work with telecoms, yet you can count on our support in the form of expertise, experience, and strength,” stated Probola, adding that he will continue closely monitoring the future work of the teams that participated in hackathon and will even remain in contact with some of them.
“The doors of HT and DT are open for you,” stated Ana Pauzar, hackathon Project Manager, whilst addressing the contestants, whereas Judit Andrasi, Vice-President Strategy Europe at Deutsche Telekom, pointed out the fact that she encountered a large number of talented people and saw many excellent ideas and hence she expects the co-operation to continue.