Participate in the Hackathon@productronica

At the world's leading trade fair for electronics development and production, you as a young professional or student can prove what you can do: Find the best solution for Internet of Things challenges at the Hackathon. And get fame & glory for it and a cash prizes worth several thousand euros.

The free Hackathon is the perfect stage to effectively present yourself to potential employers: Or to build a network to establish a start-up. Or simply to have fun in a team and to learn from the mentors... Either way: Turn your idea into a prototype, convince the jury and be celebrated at the party.

Use this opportunity to start your career in the electronics industry.

The Hackathon@productronica took place from November 12–14, 2019 at the Accelerating Talents area in Hall B2 of Messe München.

FAQ—Hack the Fair

Hack the Fair HACKATHON@PRODUCTRONICA will be organized for the first time by Fraunhofer IZM, Messe München and VDMA Productronic. The Hackathon is challenge-oriented, i.e. the participants work on a specific task and real challenges of Industry 4.0.

A Hackathon is an idea and innovation competition in which interdisciplinary teams work together over two days to find specific solutions for the set challenges. These will form the basis for later implementation.

For this Hackathon, there will be the following challenges.

  • Challenge 1: Plan meets reality: Adaptation of production planning to the real IoT data infrastructure
  • Challenge 2: Ready for i4.0?—Remote access for machines

Detailed information on the challenges to be solved can be found at

Hack the Fair will take place from November 12 to 14, 2019 (Tuesday – Thursday) during productronica in Hall B2 of Messe München. The hackathon will be launched on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. with keynote speeches, followed by team formation and the subsequent hacking which will continue through Thursday afternoon. The event will end with the teams pitching their solution ideas and the TALENTS Party.

The goal of the Hackathon@productronica is to face real challenges of machine and plant manufacturers in the digital age and to develop new solution approaches. Experienced mentors will advise and support the teams in the implementation of their ideas. At the end of the hackathon, the developed prototypes will be presented to a jury of renowned experts. The best ideas and concepts will be awarded a prize.

You will work together in a team on an exciting challenge from the companies Komax AG or Schleuniger AG. You and your team have two days to turn an idea into a prototype. At the end, the solutions will be pitched in front of a jury of experts and a cash prize will be awarded. Sufficient food and drinks will be provided throughout the event. You can look forward to exciting challenges, new experiences and a chance to significantly expand your network. And who knows, maybe you will continue to work on your solution and establish a start-up from it?

After the Hackathon, you will have the opportunity to pursue the idea with your team. For the winning team, the prize money can provide some impetus. If required, we will support the Hackathon teams in cooperation with the Challenge setters even after the Hackathon.

Everyone is welcome to join us in taking Industry 4.0 to the next level. The Hacking Engineering Hackathon will bring together engineers, software or hardware developers, UX designers, business model experts, scientists and students, to name just a few. You can join as a team or search the platform for team members for your idea.

You can apply for the Hackathon here.

Participation in the Hackathon is free of charge. Included are non-alcoholic drinks and meals during the event. Travel to Munich as well as accommodation must be organized by the participants themselves.

All necessary working materials will be provided. We recommend, however, that you bring your own laptop.

The building will be open throughout the day and night, and it will be possible to stay on site overnight (you should bring your own blankets or sleeping bags).

If you have any further questions, please contact


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