All good things must come to an end: the winners of our online hackathon!


On July 22, 2021, the virtual Award Ceremony of our Bavarian Hackathon "In Code We Trust: Responsible Innovation for a Flourishing Society" took place. We are happy to reveal the app "Wavy" by Steve Thijssen and Thuy Nguyen as the overall winner of this year's Hackathon and the winner in the Digital Health category.


We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all participants and thank them for the effort and time they put into these great projects.



The Selection Panel

Our winners were selected by a distinguished panel of seven jurors made up of key executives from a variety of industries including education and tech.

Alongside Executive Director of the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations (Amerikahaus München) Dr. Meike Zwingenberger and PAO John Stubbs from the U.S. General Consulate Munich, the Mayor of Freising, Tobias Eschenbacher, also ranked the submitted projects. The experts, sponsors, and partners in the IT industry who agreed to review and evaluate all projects were Alois Eder Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Intel, Lukas Weiss, IT Team Lead at Siemens, Dr. Susan Lindner, the leader of Digitalization at Bayern Innovativ, and Michael Stockerl, the Director of the Digital Product School, UnternehmerTUM.



The Hackathon

The submission period began on April 23 2021, during the US Consulate General in Munich’s Transatlantic Innovation Week, and the submission period lasted until June 29 2021. With 138 registered participants between the ages of 15 and 28, and over 15 projects that were reviewed by the jury, this hackathon exceeded all expectations. Participants had the opportunity to submit their innovative tech ideas in different categories, provided they were related to a topic involving the environment, public and private health, cybersecurity or democratic practice. With this wide range of topics, we hoped to give particularly many young women and men the opportunity to give free rein to their creativity. The goal was to have our young participants decide for themselves what, in their eyes, the most important challenges of our society and environment are, and where solutions are needed most urgently.



Accompanying Workshops

During the hackathon, our partners at UnternehmerTUM and Digital Product School also offered a series of three workshops for all participants. These guided the competitors and teams throughout the process of ideation, the implementation of their own projects, and offered them the possibility to get advice and support from technical experts. This workshop series started with a workshop on "Discover a problem worth solving" on May 26, 2021, continued with the second workshop on "Come up with product ideas that your customers love" on June 9, 2021, and concluded with the workshop on "What's a Minimal Viable Product?" on June 16, 2021.



Honorable Mentions

Since many of the projects submitted unfortunately did not fully meet our criteria, we decided to reward particularly outstanding projects, which were also rated as excellent by the jury, with small consolation prizes. Here, too, a big thank you to our partner Texas Instruments, who agreed to provide extra Tech Kits for this purpose.


"Qbreak" (Category: Digital Health)
Qbreak is a software solution that seeks to avoid overcrowding in public spaces, in particular in spaces related to health care. Developer Anshika Singh’s website will manage the arrival of its user at a particular location just in time. This includes an email the user will receive to let him know the appropriate time to leave to make it just in time for one’s appointment. Initially, this website was supposed to assist healthcare employees and patients, but it may be used to manage any other location regarding crowds as well.

"Supply-19" (Category: Fighting Disinformation & Digital Health)
This application helps to make sure that you can trust the information you receive by various sources. It was developed by Aryan Solanki, and it allows its users to get hold of all the verified information in their area, offering them a platform to raise questions. Each user can pose questions within the application and will receive an individual answer composed by the moderators. Volunteers for this application will post leads, and those leads will be then verified by and edited by a team of moderators. All of this will help to ensure that every piece of information appearing on the application is up-to-date and reliable.

"GleeTimes" (Category: Fighting Disinformation & Digital Health)
This is application provides news designed specifically for young people or children. Its developer Shivam Bhatia aimed to build a constructive platform for kids to learn new things and to see the world in a more positive way than it has shown itself over the past months or even years. It wants to inform children of good news, instead of constantly confronting them exclusively with “bad news” on pandemics, social injustice, natural disasters, and so on. Instead, GleeTimes offers children “good news.” In addition to written articles, it seeks to include children that yet have to learn to read or who can hardly read yet by offering a listen-to news feature attached to each article with the function to adapt the speed of the audio for each user.

"AvoidInfection" (Category: Digital Health)
This application aims to sensitize young people about preventive measures in connection to respiratory infections, especially to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Emily Fetco was inspired to program this application as a means of information on general preventive measures to contribute to the fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Telescopium (Category: Digital Health)
Telescopium is a mobile application that applies high-level computer vision techniques to real-time diagnostics based on eye situations. This project was developed by Dina Abdul-Rasoul, Mohamed Amr, and Ehab Ebrahem, and it aims to accelerate the diagnosis and hence improve treatment for eye patients. The doctor or nurse takes pictures of the patient’s eyes in a specific way and lighting, and then sends them to the developers’ servers for processing and analysis. In only a few minutes the results appear. To secure the patient data and in order to comply with GDPR and HIPPA, the differential privacy model will be conducted alongside the partners so that they can share their patient data.

The Winners

Cyber Security Challenge - Winner Project "Cyber Security"

This application was developed by Maria Leonore Ares, and it cares about all of the basic security needs and issues of the protection of private data. It aims to teach users of any electronic device about data security, what to keep in mind while browsing the web, and the like. Hence, it aims to keep software’s and devices of private and corporate kind free of threats.

Environment and Climate Challenge - Winner Project "Frappe"

This project was submitted by Siddhika Dangbajiya, Bob Jones, Jessica Andrew, Rick Adamame, Madhav Lodha, Siddharth Agrawal, Keshavi Sinhania, Saloni Agrawal, and Keshav Lodha. The application targets the ongoing food wastage phenomenon by keeping track of everything in the user’s refrigerator. It therefore aims to solve these problems by also deleting or adding which are finished or bought. It makes people’s everyday life easier as it also keeps track of the expiration dates of all foods stored in the refrigerator, so that the user will not have to worry about those either.
Developers: Siddhika Dangbajiya, Bob Jones, Jessica Andrew, Rick Adamame, Madhav Lodha, Siddharth Agrawal, Keshavi Sinhania, Saloni Agrawal, Keshav Lodha

Digital Health Challenge - Winner Project "Wavy"

This project was submitted by Steve Thijssen and Thuy Nguyen. It is an app that tracks individual health, and cardiovascular diseases in particular. It is intended to connect to a smart watch to enable the collection of raw data. Because cardiovascular health relates directly to fitness and personal stress, this project aims to track precisely these connections by collecting raw data, by  helping to retrain the individual’s behavior, and by figuring out their personal stress level. Within this app, the user can also answer questions about his or her mental and physical state. This information can be shared with their own doctor to improve treatment as well. Hence, the purpose of this invention is to help the individual by treating them as an individual and by personalizing everything based on the data that is collected directly from the user. Usually devices use data of the average person instead of focusing on the individual, in contrast, “Wavy” focusses on the individual.

"Wavy" is also the overall winner of the hackathon.

We are very pleased with all of the projects and congratulate again all winners and participants.


Award Ceremony

You can watch the virtual award ceremony here:

Feel free to watch the recorded Award Ceremony on the Amerikahaus Youtube channel, or visit the Devpost landing page for an overview of all submitted projects with more detailed information and video


Thank You

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the participants and judges, as well as a big thank you to our partners from the  U.S. Consulate General Munich, U.S. Mission Germany, ReDI School of Digital Integration, Texas Instruments, Intel Ignite, Bayern Innovativ, Digital Product School, UnternehmerTUM, Siemens Talents Connects, Universität der Bundeswehr München and The Munich Innovation Ecosystem. Thank you for investing so much time and effort into these projects, their evaluation and their support!




(Picture: Hackathon © Amerikahaus and U.S. Consulate General Munich)