Bosch India Hackathon
An incredible Hackathon organized by our partner Bosch took place in Bangalore, India from February 5th through 7th 2016. Over the course of three days, 23 teams strived to create new meaningful and technological solutions for the Indian market, covering various themes including sports, gaming or industrial automation. A mind-blowing 800 people registered and took the opportunity to contribute to this innovation culture.
“We decided to have the Hackathon in India, because we understood that interest and needs are not necessary the same in each country. We believe that young engineers in India can provide better solutions to local problems or needs. A good example can be seen in our Winners Solution “Cricket bowling assist”. Cricket is the sport number one in India, I can hardly imagine such a solution coming up from another country." Walter Sanchez, from the organizing team of Bosch India Hackathon
With a desire to have maximum diversity in the participants group, the organizing team from Bosch India decided to select suitable candidates with backgrounds in different disciplinary fields coming mainly from outside Bosch.
The Hackathon began at noon on Friday with a welcoming speech from the Jury composed of managers, engineers, and technical experts. While initially acting as coaches for the teams to provide them with useful tips on the projects, the judges finally evaluated them on the last day to select who would continue to the finals.
Participants brought nothing except their laptop, creativity and positive energy! The hardware was provided by Bosch and included 45 Arduino Due boards and 95 Arduino 9 Axes motion shields. In addition to the hardware, small components and a special development kit was given to each team.
Results were announced on Sunday afternoon after the semi-finals and finals. The two main prizes were distributed – a first prize of 2000 Euro and 1000 Euro for the second - by final jury panel comprised of Vasantha Kumar Narayan, the Head of Technical Mentorship, Bosch India; Gopalan Vijendran Venkoparao, the Head of Corporate Innovation and Technology, Bosch India; Salagame Dattatri, the Head of Business development, Bosch India; and Christian Koitzsch, the Head of Engineering Section, Consumer Electronics, Bosch India.
Winners: Cricket Bowling Assist
Team: Kartik Samtani & Saurabh Sachan, Third Year Graduates, National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Mangalore
This unique project acts as personal cricket trainer. It records the movement of the arm and shows the result to the user on an app. This allows the user to know if the toss of his ball is valid or not.
The prototype was developed using two BNO sensor modules – one placed at the shoulder and the other at elbow level. The readings from both were computed and data was processed to decide whether the bowling action was legal or illegal. The hackathon was challenging for the two participants right from pitching the idea till the completion of the hack.
"We had to start right from scratch: identify the problem statement, read up ICC (International Cricket Committee) guidelines on bowling and so on. Our product involved the development of an android application. We bowled over 100 times to test the hack", says Saurabh, NITK.
Runners up: Peer to Peer Contextual Awareness Sharing
Team: Subham Das, Amar Desai & Dhruva Venkatachallam, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited, Bangalore
This project is a team solution using indoor navigation in a shopping center to track and detect the customer behaviour and therefore develop the best marketing strategy.
The basic principle was to use the 9 axes sensor to devise an ‘inertial measurement unit’, which measures changes in acceleration and orientation vectors, leverages the sensor’s fusion capabilities and estimates relative position of the sensor with respect to a reference point. In the hackathon, a retail use-case was demonstrated by showing position and orientation tracking of two dummy ‘customers’, whether they approached a particular merchandise stall. The sensor recorded the acceleration and orientation, derived the distance travelled, sent the data wirelessly over Bluetooth to the other customer’s screen and the path and heading taken by both customers were clearly shown on laptops.
At a product level, value of this ‘customer movement and heading tracking’ insight could be valuable to a brand, store, or advertising manager, as this data can be used to decide how to better position and market the merchandise, selectively pitch a flash discount, and also know if the sale happened.
We are more than amazed by the incredible results and all the effort and dedication that has been put into the projects by the participants. 36 hours were invested and the candidates hardly slept two hours per night! Thanks to the provided food, showers, and place to sleep, along with the support from experts for guidance or queries, the teams made it to the end with remarkable projects. We can't wait till the next event!
“It was really a nice and productive experience and we plan to have another Hackathon in India on the second part of the year,“ said Walter Sanchez.