L&T Technology Services (LTTS), a leading global pure-play engineering services company, successfully concluded its 'Engineering the Change' campaign in Munich with a 24-hour hackathon. The company’s 16-day all-Europe initiative included a 3,000 km innovation-on-wheels drive covering Greater Manchester and Ellesmere Port (Cheshire) in the UK, Amiens and Paris in France and Eindhoven in Netherlands, culminating in Germany.
The campaign saw a total of 230 visitors, including customers, analysts, industry experts, government officials, local authorities and engineering students attended the drive from Manchester to Munich. LTTS showcased visitors with the latest industry solutions covering domains such as artificial intelligence, digital twin, cyber security, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).
In the final leg of the campaign through four major German cities, including Leverkusen, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Frankfurt, LTTS, through its innovation drive showcased demos on leading-edge Industry 4.0 solutions and shared its insights on digital transformation across various industries.
The highlight and final leg of the tour in Munich was a 24-hour hackathon on June 14, which received over 250 registrations, that saw 17 teams tackling complex industrial challenges related to factories of the future to reduce workplace risks and errors through Augmented Reality (AR), mobility solutions to reduce traffic congestion in cities using AI and Machine Learning and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) to increase operational efficiency of aircraft using Data Analytics.
Around 43 percent of the contestants included technology professionals and freelancers; 30 percent hailed from the startup community with students also in the mix. The winner of the competition were Munich-based collective Intellight who were awarded the top prize of 10,000 euro (around Rs 784,00) for their traffic management solution that uses deep learning algorithms to reduce congestion in cities.
Amit Chadha, president, sales and business development and Executive Director at L&T Technology Services said, “LTTS‘ unique on-the-wheels ER&D campaign spanning 9 cities across Europe has met with an overwhelming response across all locations. This has been an epic odyssey of engineering transformation that brought together industry, academia and the government to create new technologies and solutions in an attempt to improve the lives of the next billion of the world’s population. What is especially praise worthy is the spirit of creativity and scientific enquiry among the participants that was on display through the exciting proof of concepts.“