That was the E³UDRES² Hackathon 2021

From 23 - 24 September 2021, E³UDRES² hosted its first-ever Hackathon titled "Hack2Change". During the international Hackathon, which took place under the motto of "Smart & Sustainable Regions", teams of students and interested staff from the universities participating in E³UDRES², as well as external people, worked for 36 hours on challenges submitted by regional stakeholders.

A jury of international experts awarded prizes to the top three teams for their ideas on the challenges they worked on: The first prize was won by a team for the challenge "Using AI to find the right talent that fits within our company", submitted by ABN Cleanroom Technology.

The team developed an AI platform called "A.R.T" (AI-powered Recruiting Technology). The platform analyses language, answers and values in CVs and offers automated question rounds and skills tests. The platform also enables an automated interview using artificial intelligence, followed by an interview with a "real" recruiter.

Hackathon Merch at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Connecting Citizens in a Neighborhood

Second place went to a team for the development of the open source platform "NENA - The Neighborhood Network". The app should make it possible to develop and publicise neighbourhood activities initiated by citizens, organisations and associations. The app will invite citizens to participate, show the progress of a project and make the community aware of the events and projects. In this way, the app connects communities and citizens. The challenge on the topic "NENA - The Neighborhood Network" was submitted by the Federal Government of Lower Austria.

The third prize went to the idea for the challenge "Artificial Intelligence and digital tools for pest control in vineyards", submitted by the Portuguese winegrowers' association AVIPE. The concept developed, called "PLAGA INQUISITOR", provides mentoring for winegrowers on digital technologies by students from technical universities, as well as the establishment of a remote control system for pheromone traps against pests.

Each of the six E³UDRES² universities provided on-site tutors, rooms and catering for the Hackathon event. The online supporting programme included yoga sessions broadcast from the partner universities in Belgium and Hungary to make sure the teams can relax their minds a bit before digging into their work again.

Thanks to everyone who made this event possible and participated! The E³UDRES² Team already looks forward to the next one.



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