Tech start-ups given boost as Siemens hackathon winners announced at Expo 2020 Dubai

The winners of the latest Siemens MindSphere Future World Series hackathon challenges were announced today (9 February) at Expo 2020 Dubai.

After four days of coding, mentoring and working on apps, the teams – who came from start-up companies around the world – made their final pitches, before judges presented the winning teams with certificates at the Partners Hub.

Italian team weAR took the top spot in the Industry category, while USA team Logyc were the Factory category winners. 

Rainer Brehm, CEO of Factory Automation, Siemens – Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai – who was part of the judging panel, said: “The technology and business models were so exciting, but it was much more, it was the dedication and passion to drive things forward, that impressed me the most. They were all unique and fulfilled the purpose.”

Logyc uses artificial intelligence to help companies visualise the efficiency of their business’s production chain, by looking at data, seeing what is missing and predicting different events.

Andrew Vasserman, CEO and Founder, Logyc, said: “We aren’t trying to replace people – we want to empower them and make sure that people who have [our product] are able to build their products and improve their companies.”

The weAR team were complimented for making life easier for businesses with the help of augmented reality that can communicate complex data in the right way, at the right time.

Ninety-six entrants were whittled down to 10 that were invited to Expo 2020 Dubai to take part in the competition as part of a Siemens initiative to crowdsource solutions to make the world “smarter, more liveable and sustainable”.

Start-ups taking part came from a variety of fields, from augmented reality and artificial intelligence to next-gen mobile technologies and carbon-footprint measurement solutions.

Siemens has been holding hackathons since the start of Expo 2020 Dubai as part of high-profile, open-innovation events hosted by Siemens MindSphere, the creator of the Smart City App and the powerful IoT framework that drives it. They have been designed around the five areas that drive modern cities: buildings, energy, mobility, industry and water.