HACKATHON: Hack the future of industrial automation
SICK Solution World - Creating Digital Transformation Today
Why does this take so long? Why this solution does not exist yet?

Drones in production, autonomy instead of automation, smart awesome robots, real-time cockpit for global supply chains, sustainable production processes, self-optimizing machines, eco-friendly cars, cognitive engineering...

Admit it, you have ideas! Out with them! Show what you're made of!

Cloud services, software solutions, sensors, actuators, controllers, robots and more from cool hack enablers. So that your idea takes the leap from drawing board to application.

Key facts

Who you are:
A software developer, student or professional who wants to do something in a different area or solve exciting solutions together with other programmers in an industrial environment and logistics automation.

What you need:
Registration, accommodation (maybe), ideas and spirit … and your own laptop

What you get:
Free registration, action-packed days of challenges & fun, nerve food and drinks for free, access to top devices from leading partners, networking with exciting people, competition & victory

How we support:
We take care of the programmable devices, programs, cloud instances - the hackenablers. Everything a hacker needs - with the exception of the laptop which you have to bring with you.
Prices and awards
We will award the winners in two categories: technology and new business model. The winners of both categories will receive highly attractive prices from our sponsors
What you need to know
The Hackathon starts on Tuesday, October 5th,  2021 at 05 p.m. and will end at Thursday, October 7th, 2021 around 3 p.m. at

Messe Freiburg
Hermann-Mitsch-Straße 3
79108 Freiburg im Breisgau

The award ceremony in which we award the two best solutions in the categories “Technology Excellence” and “Creative New Business Model” will take place at Thursday October 7th, 2021 at 1.30 p.m.

The opening hours of the “Hack-Area” are:

  • Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 – 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 – 8 a.m. – 11. p.m.
  • Thursday, October 7th, 2021 – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For developers, tinkerers, innovators: The unique opportunity to meet highly motivated experts who are on fire for digitalization in the industry who work directly with you!

Our Hack Enabler
Our hack enabler will support the hackathon and all development teams with their broad expertise.
Company facts
AWS offers the worlds broadest and deepest set of services for industrial, media, financial, healthcare, life sciences, retail, telecommunications, automotive and the public sector applications.
Key industries: Industrial Services and Solutions, Machine Learning / Predictive Maintenance, Connected Factory, Smart Products
Business offering: Global cloud-based products to help customers to digitize, monitor and optimize their industrial operations.
Hackathon offering
  • Industrial IoT Services(to ingest and process industrial IoT data)
  • Industrial Data Lakes(to store and analyze industrial data at scale)
  • Industrial ML(to leverage machine learning e.g. for visual quality inspection)
Company facts
Employees 2020: ~ 30,000 employees
Sales: 5.2 billion euros in fiscal 2020
Key industries: Factory Automation, Building, Logistics Automation
Business offering: Manufacturer of Automation Solutions (HMI, Controls, Servo Drives, Servo Motors, Automation Software)
Hackathon offering
  • Open industrial controller platform (cpu, I/O) based on Ubuntu Linux= ctrlX CORE virtual and industrial edge control + ctrlX I/O Extendable with software containers based on snap format = via ctrlX Software Development Kit with examples in C++, C#, Go, Python,CODESYS, ...
  • ctrlX WORKS engineering software
  • ctrlX Apps (PLC, Motion, IoT, Security)
  • ctrlX DRIVE + servo motors

Company facts
Employees 2021: > 180,000 employees
Sales: 168.1 billion $ in fiscal 2021
Key industries: Cross-industry (Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Nonprofit, ...)
Business offering: Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge.
Company facts
Employees 2021: > 200 employees
Sales: 14 million € in fiscal 2020
Key industries: Automation Technology, Mechanical & Plant Engineering, Smart Products, Energy
Business offering: Individual Software Development Services and Consulting
Hackathon offering
  • Software Development
  • IoT | Industrial Edge •Embedded Systems
  • Azure Cloud Development
  • Microsoft Azure Passes
  • Cloud IoT Backends
  • AI and Analytics Services
  • Compute and Data Services
  • Industry 4.0 / Open Industry 4.0 Alliance
  • Data Analytics
  • Hardware
  • WAGO PFC | WAGO PFC with IO-Link Module
  • MX Chip AZ3166 (Azure-ready Arduino)

Company facts
Employees 2020: More than 17,100 employees
Sales: 2.4 billion euros in fiscal 2020
Key industries: Manufacturing industry, renewable energy industry, mobility and smart building industry
Business offering: Phoenix Contact is a globally present, Germany-based market leader. Our group is synonymous with future-oriented components, systems, and solutions in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics and automation.
Hackathon offering
  • PLCnext Control – Open control platform
  • Edge Devices
  • I/O modules with digital and analog inputs and outputs and functions
  • Special PLC extensionsfor Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • IO-Link master
  • WLAN access points or clients

Company facts
Employees 2020: approx. 160 employees
Sales: approx. 33 million euros in fiscal 2020
Key industries: Factory Automation, Logistics Automation, Machinery
Business offering: Manufacturer for AGVs and Commissioning Systems
Hackathon offering
  • AGV Model “S2” including:
  • SICK Laser Scanner also used for contour navigation
  • RFID-Antennas, -tags
  • Magnetic Lane sensors
  • Reflectors for optimum localization
  • Access to implementation applications

Company facts
102,400 employees from 140+ countries
22,000+ SAP partner companies globally
27.34nb€ total revenue (Non-IFRS) in FY2020
200 m+ subscribers in our cloud user base
100+ innovation and development centers
#1 software company in Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 14 years
Key industries:
  • SAP is a market share leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP), analytics, supply chain management, human capital management, master data management, data integration as well as in experience management
  • Recognized database leader
  • Broadest portfolio of modular and suite solutions available on premise, in the cloud and hybrid
Business offering: SAP Is the world’s largest provider of Enterprise Application Software
Hackathon offering
Business Excellence
  • Tools & Content for Definition of the Use Cases
  • Design Thinking experience from 120+ use cases
Technical Excellence
  • Account Provisioning for SAP’s No Code Platform App Gyver
  • Guidance & Support to use AppGyver

Company facts
Employees 2020: ~ More than 290.000 employees
Sales: Around 86 billion euros in fiscal 2020
Key industries: Digital Industries, Mobility, Smart Infrastructure
Business offering: Process Automation, Process Digitalization
Hackathon offering
  • Mendix Low-Code Platform
  • Cloud Native Applications
  • Connectivity (REST, ODATA, OPC UA etc.)
  • Mindsphere IoT tenant
  • Cloud platform for IoT data
  • IoT Sample Box (Sensors incl. cloud connectivity)
Company facts
Employees 2020: More than 14,000 employees
Sales: Around 3.5 billion euros in fiscal 2020
Key industries: Machine tools and industrial lasers, Smart Factory, Industrial electronics
Business offering: Implement industrial high-tech processes
Hackathon offering
  • System control board for battery inverters
  • Smart power tube
  • Device Control Box

Company facts
Employees 2020: More than 650 employees
Sales: Around 219 million euros in fiscal 2020
Key industries: End of Line Automation, CNC/Machine Tending Automation, Electronics Industry
Business offering: Industrial Cobots
Hackathon offering
  • Three UR3e Robots
  • Easy programming environment
  • Wide range of interfaces for data exchange and robot control
  • URCap Programming platform for custom SW apps
  • Different Endeffectors for part handling
  • Additional Equipment to simulate small Pick and Place applications