Challenges & Solutions

Challenge #1: Smart Store - Keeping Food Safe & Saving Energy Using IoT

Problem statement: Today, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets lost or wasted. About one fourth of the food loss takes place in the retail sector. At the same time, energy consumption in supermarkets in order to keep the food cool is high. To avoid global warming and its alarming consequences, the situation calls for technologies and solutions that can maximize energy efficiency.

Brainstorming leads: How to use IoT to make supermarkets smarter to reduce food loss and save energy? How to optimize the energy consumption of a supermarket by finding correlations between ambient temperature, refrigerator temperature and external weather conditions? How to find an energy consumption profile of the store and detect anomalies in the energy consumption profile? How to detect if products are reaching their “best before date”? How to find patterns that will provide the probability of a certain device needing service or checkup by correlating data points? How to detect false alarms? What solutions are missing to reduce food loss and save energy in supermarkets?

Assets: Development environment for the IoT and data analytics services (IBM Watson and MS Azure subscription), API access (and relevant documentation) for accessing data from “test” systems (supermarkets), anonymized snapshot data from production systems (running supermarkets). 

Prize: A trip to a Danfoss location to pitch your idea to relevant experts and executives.

Challenge #1 - Solution (Team)

Implementing a device that monitors refrigerators in supermarkets and sends a live message on phone to manager if an error occurs. (Enermation)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Clara Sainz Ubide, Lorenzo Sani, Muhammed Zeeshan Karamat, Monty Gimpel, Myrna Sandhövel, Siarhei Shumski, Yangyang Teng, Franziska Wirth, Lise Berit Rugland, Nikhil Gaval, Florian Ziesche

Our solution makes energy consumption transparent to consumers, lets them participate in improving efficiency and shares economic benefits. (The Lobsters)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Gerlinde Theunissen, Stefan Pisula, Max Fydrich, Marius Gerz, Tine Kleinschmidt, Christian Würz, Marwyn Vernon, Rashid Ali, Deniz Turkcu, Oliver Ruhnau

Save costs by combining the energy demand beeing a swarm of supermarkets that benefit from better market prices due to scale effects. (Energy Bees)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Marcus Berr, Marc Jené Vinuesa, Alessia Xu, Carmen Pajuste, Jerome Möbus, Julia Martius, Anna Maria Kozubal, Sophie Török, Hoang Le, Sorcah Ní Mhuimhneacháin

Go to market strategy for Danfoss. (Cool and Chill)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Ioana Dragos, Jan Silberer, Susanne Schleyer, Isabell Fischer, Jeevan Dasan, Vincent Jornet, Arnau Risquez, Anton Gorodnichy, Till Richter

Stickers that capture data and change color/price as product approaches expiration. Danfoss sells stickers & waste prevention service. (GoodFood)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Sandeep Sinha, Leon Hofmann, Bartek Obolewicz, Daniel Gimbatschki, Peter Stephen Blass, Aigerim Shamshidin, Pertu Läteenlahti, Kirsten van Fossen, Andreas Beda, Anna Khudiash

Challenge #2: Making Ubiquitous Data of Building Materials Accessible and Usable for the End-Consumer

Problem statement: If you are currently thinking about building or refurbishing a house, you need to take various aspects into account: You are probably looking for an energy and cost efficient (ideally short- and long-term) solution but also design aspects, safety (e.g., flammability) and sustainability might play a significant role. Especially the insulation system of a building is influenced by all of these factors. However, currently there is no user-friendly solution available that is helping in providing a transparent overview of the various options for building insulation and their advantages and disadvantages.

Brainstorming leads: How to develop a smart system creating transparency on the relevant dimensions and thus helping consumers to make resource and energy efficient choices? How to connect already available data, which are multidimensional and are coming from many different sources? Can we make such “softer” factors visible to the consumer in order to consider those in their personal decision-making process when building or renovating a house? Can such a system establish sustainability as a key buying factor for building insulation materials?

Assets: Evonik makes examples of (super) insulation products available and provides data packages with relevant factors on the different materials. To experience the topic better, we also provide visualization methods to screen the insulation properties of buildings.


1st place: Virtual reality glasses for all winning team members
2nd place: Visit Signal Iduna Park and watch Borussia Dortmund soccer game

Challenge #2 - Solution (Team)

Focus on broadening the customer segments, enhancing product visualization via “Virtual Reality”. Customers will have significant savings. (Fritz Kola)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Muhammed Awais, David Duque Lozano, Mihirani Podige, Mohammad Samir Ahmed, Geetanjali Priyambada, Muhammad Izzat Eshak, Gina Marcela Cortes Valderrama, Luis Romero

Creating an easy online tool for energy efficiency in buildings with providing complete service. (MyIsol)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members:

Tim Mandel, Christoph Wiegmann, Noran Kamal Goma, Nihan Yelkenci, Ivana Cekovic, Camilla Wikström, Martin Arning, Jana Mendelski

"BIMs City" is an interface and a data market place based on BIM. It involves both end-customers and professionals in construction process. (Hackineers)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Hudeyfa Jama, Salim Ziza, Stella Nigro, Na Min, Warisara Krairavee, Jessica Marciniak, Niklas Kluger, Christos Klamouris

Inform Jon Do of the benefits of super insulation in a touching and understandable way in order to create an emotional connection. (Codiency)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Todor Popov, Katrin Mihaylova, Tiantian Zhan, Sumeyra Rehmann, Markus Fritz, Nadja Schneider, Randi Hjartaaker, Thomas Esch, Constantin Mueller

Challenge #3: Smart Building Elements Can Talk To You

Problem statement: Highly efficient windows, combined with smart building automation offer a great opportunity for massive energy savings. However, there is a twofold challenge implied: On the one hand market penetration of smart windows needs to be scaled up to reach a critical mass. On the other hand intelligent building automation elements need to become more user friendly: people are regularly overwhelmed because of an unfamiliar system handling (e.g. hotel guests) and also often have no incentive for energy efficient behaviour.

Brainstorming leads: What features, business models etc. could help to scale up distribution approach of automated building elements with functionality? What can a user-friendly handling of the building automation elements (e.g. windows & shades, connected with heating, ventilation, light) look like? How should the interaction with the intelligent automation be designed to provide a low-barrier access while at the same time leading to energy efficient user decisions? Can human-centred forms of communication be helpful to ease the interaction?

Assets: Schüco will provide a prototype of a smart element with an API and detailed information brochure on the possible functions of building automation solution system. Furthermore, you can directly get in touch with our Schüco experts in case of questions or for further know-how.

Prize: You will be invited to a personal guided (two-days) Schüco Tour in Bielefeld including a visit of the technology centre and our showroom. You also get the chance to meet Schüco experts to pitch your ideas. Furthermore you can attend a soccer game of our local soccer club DSC Arminia Bielefeld.

Challenge #3 - Solution (Team)

Increasing energy efficiency by achieving customer comfort through data collection of the interaction between the guest and the room. (Eco Roomies)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Yasmina Chergou, Salma Merzouk, Basma Merzouk, Bilal Ashfaq, Rajat Ahluwalia, Oscar Blanco, Gifty Attiahe

Hotels can reduce energy usage by knowing guest schedules. We sync an app to guest alarms to predict & manage energy use & track location. (Pandas in Pajamas)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Alice Jardel, Daniel Pezim, Ismael Garcia Moscoso, Solbin Kim, Michael Bock, Abdulkadir Deger, Tanai Potisat

An interface with Personalised room settings to make a guest's stay comfortable in a Smart hotel while rewarding eco-friendly behaviour. (SchüCozy)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Davis Kuma, Anand Narasipuram, Balaji Kumar, Nora Baumgartner, Alexey Menzerskiy, Sahilaushafnur Rosyadi, Christian Ribback, Jarmo Ling

User-friendly interface that can automatically and efficiently get the hotel client in a comfortable atmosphere inside the room. (Just Engineers)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Alexander Schönbeck, Leon Flach, Louis Hansjürgens, Dieter Rempel,, Lukas Wiesner, Miguel Salvado, Stefan Wirsich

Interactive building automation control system to optimize user comfort and maximize energy savings. (The Dream Team)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Mazyar Moghaddam, Agnese Metitieri, Eleonora Velluto, Ailin Huang, Serena Piselli, Abdul Sami Noorzad, Antonio Stern, Hamza Abid

interactive room control panel display with favourite character voice to help hotel guests save energy and get rewards. (SusEnComfy)

Links: Summary [PDF]

Team members: Mridu Surendran, Friederike Stelter, Giorgio Ponte, Markus Brand, Matties Kleesiek, Milan Zlatkovikj, Frederico Ferrari, Dominique Ertelt