The project iHack RLP University Start-up Hackathon on Infrastructure, funded by the Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viniculture (MWVLW), will offer a special series of events for the next 2.5 years to raise awareness of start-ups, bringing together interested students from a wide range of disciplines at universities in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Each year, several challenges from Rhineland-Palatinate companies are defined for each Start-up Hackathon in coordination with the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences. The goal of the Start-up Hackathon is to develop solutions to real-world problems ("Challenges") within a tight time frame of two to three days in cross-functional teams with creative and innovative products or processes. The student teams act as a kind of corporate or in-house startup for the companies, providing them with impetus and innovative business ideas for future operational problems. The series of events focuses primarily on the areas of energy, the environment and mobility, as well as digital and information technology infrastructure as an all-encompassing bracket, which takes up the innovation strategy of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and contributes to the economic dynamization and future viability of the state. Professors or representatives of the start-up offices of the participating universities as well as members of the companies or cooperating associations supervise the teams as mentors. The solutions developed are presented in the form of pitches and awarded prizes by a jury consisting of representatives of companies, associations and universities as well as the MWVLW.
In addition, the ideas developed are to be further developed with the support of the local university start-up offices and interested companies, thus possibly leading to start-up companies.
This special form of event is to be coordinated by two employees of the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences. For more information, visit www.ihack-rlp.de.