Future visions to experience up close: check out the highlights from the 2015 Venture Forum.
BSH Venture Forum
What we understand by this search field is innovative, next-generation software and hardware solutions. The requirement is to connect our home appliances intelligently, to enable them to be autonomous and self-monitoring, and allow them to be operated and controlled digitally by the user.
The target audience in this case are companies who deliver innovative ideas as to how foodstuffs, beverages and nutrients can be produced, distributed, prepared and consumed in the future.
One of the most demanding search fields involves searching for solutions that can provide answers to the challenges in developing countries. This involves fulfilling fundamental or previously unfulfilled customer needs. Or access to clean drinking water, improving living conditions in emerging nations or business models that are tailored to the special characteristics of the respective countries.
Doing it alone requires more strength and effort to achieve the end result. This also applies for developing innovations. However, when people with the most varied experiences come together and share their knowledge, innovations can be created more strategically and more effectively.
Those attending the BSH Venture Forum will benefit two-fold. For example, ambitious and innovative companies can present themselves, their know-how and their prototypes using a special platform and get an opportunity to cooperate with BSH. Secondly, participants benefit from being able to promote developments together with BSH, extend their own network, establish customer/supplier relationships or have an opportunity of a minority stake by BSH. The BSH Venture Forum therefore paves the way for new developments, business models and cooperation.
Anyone running a marathon wants to cover a distance of 42.195 kilometers in the shortest possible time. The classic marathon is thus not only where the Home Connect "Hackathon" gets its name from, but also its idea. Even if the participants in this case are much less out of breath afterwards ...
What do you get when you give young developers from different sectors 48 hours to connect modern home appliances with smart sensors, thermostats or weather stations? Innovative applications for the connected home! That's what the "Hack the House" Hackathon initiated by Home Connect in Berlin is all about. The main objective of this annual event is to generate lots of ideas in the shortest possible time, try out new things and, last but not least, make interesting contacts. The focus, on the one hand, is on how communication is organized between a home appliance, services or terminals such as digital language assistants. On the other, the participants are faced with the task of developing solutions that simplify everyday life – irrespective of whether it’s about shopping, security or energy management, for example. “Hack the House" is a meeting point for the most diverse individuals, who bring the topic of Internet of Things to life in an unconventional and smart way with the infamous "outside" perspective. Over the two days, programs are written, hardware and software tasks are tackled, and tests are performed on how solutions might look in practice.
What can happen in 24 hours? Take a look at highlights from the first Hackathon!