Two EIT Digital Master School teams have excelled in the Europe's biggest hackathon, the Junction Hackathon, held on November 25-27 in Helsinki, Finland. Junction has grown to become Europe's biggest hackathon and an embodiment of the blooming startup ecosystem of the Nordics. During 48 hours, more than 1,300 coders representing more than 70 nationalities were designing new applications and solutions in more than 300 projects focusing in various challenges in 11 tracks.
EIT Digital Master School team Future Bus Station won the IoT track, with a smart billboard for bus stops recognizing the gender, age, and emotions of the passer-by. Based on these, it shows the best advertisement for that person. The winning solution was required to help us see the bus stop from a fresh perspective - as a vibrant part of the city that empowers both citizens and visitors and potentially makes it easier for the rich variety of people who wait for public transport every day to access digital services. The winning team members are: Daniel Bruzual (Service Design and Engineering), Sharbel Dahlan (Digital Media Technology), Federico Fiorini (Service Design and Engineering), Anastasia Karpenko (Service Design and Engineering), Teodor Patraş (Cloud Computing and Services), and Solip Park (Aalto University).
Team Donatewise won the Transferwise's "Moving Money Without Borders" challenge, belonging to the Fintech track. Participants to this challenge were asked to make their best effort through creating a solution that will have a real impact for customers and the world. Further, the jury was looking closely and challenging if the product is viable from business perspective, and if it provides a slick user experience. The Master School team won the challenge with their embeddable payment button allowing people to pay or donate money online using Transferwise international money transfer service, founded in Estonia. They will get a full-day of mentoring at the Transferwise offices in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. (Estonia will be hosting the 2017 Startup Nations Summit, and EIT Digital be one of the Summit's co-organizers.)
The challenge winning team Donatewise members are: Martin Borek (NordSecMob), Susanna Nevalainen (Human Computer Interaction Design), Alessandro Capra (Human Computer Interaction Design), Abhishek Shetty (Human Computer Interaction Design), Thomas Langerak (Human Computer Interaction Design), and Stefano Munarini (Software and Service Architectures).