The Bright Smart City Hackathon organized by Óbuda University and Tungsram Group was held 26-27 October with the participation of 47 university students. The goal of the competition was finding smart solutions helping the life of city dwellers by innovative lighting.
The Bright Smart City theme of this year’s hackathon was attractive to a lot of engineering students, since 10 teams with 4-5 members were organized with the participation of 47 students at the October 18 preliminary meetup.
The students came from five faculties of the Óbuda University and the competition was international, since besides Hungary their home countries were Tunesia, Kazakhstan, Ecuador or Vietnam. Their work was helped by a 8-member mentoring team, five came from the university, three came from Tungsram.
The hackathon fully titled ‘Bright Smart City: the LED Revolution, Modern Lighting Solution in the City of the Future’ called for solutions that made our cities more interesting, more safe and more beautiful with new lighting technologies. One of the goals was not just make the life of those living is smart cities more pleasant but more healthy, even more the solutions shoud be ‘loveable”,making their lives easier with their practical approach.
Inspiring golden triangle
The competition was launched at October 26 by speech of dr. László Náda, the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Óbuda University. He said that the organizers expect fresh thoughts and useable ideas hoping for interesting solutions.
István Magyar, the COO of Tungsram said that the company HQ situated in the ‘industrial golden triangle’ of Budapest as the venue for the hackathon is inspiring for the future engineers. ‘These young talents have to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 and smart cities’, he added.
László Korányi, Directof of Innovation at Óbuda University, one of the main organizers advised the teams to keep in mind that beyond the technological approach, their solutions are for the end users
The winner is: e-Flow
The winning team was formed by 4 foreign students. Their ideas was the traffic solutions based on LED lighting named ‘e-Flow’ serving the drivers with improved flow of information, thereby reducing traffic jams.
The 1st prize was handed to the team by Richárd Gerendás, marketing manager for Tungsram. The members will travel to Milano to one of the biggest lighting exhibitions in Europe. They told they were really inspired during the hackathon and though tired, they would start it all over again.