Sensors & Coding Hackathon 2018

On December 18 and 19, 2018 the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA will host “Sensors & Coding Hackathon 2018” as an activity of the IEEE NTUA Student Branch and in collaboration with Advantage Austria.

The goal is to hack Sensor Intelligence, while working time-efficiently in small teams of 3-5 individuals.

Participants are encouraged to realize their own ideas on the following subjects:

  • autonomous driving
  • manufacturing 4.0
  • smart cities.

During the Pre-Hackathon workshop that took place on December 3, 2018, ECE-NTUA students had the opportunity to learn more about the available technologies and receive hacking-hints in advance.

Autonomous vehicles use a variety of sensors to perceive their surroundings, such as radar, computer vision, Lidar, sonar, GPS, odometry and inertial measurement units. Advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles. Potential benefits include reduced costs, increased safety, increased mobility, increased customer satisfaction and reduced crime. Safety benefits include a reduction in traffic collisions, resulting in injuries and related costs, including for insurance. Automated cars are predicted to increase traffic flow; provide enhanced mobility for children, the elderly, disabled, and the poor; relieve travelers from driving and navigation chores; lower fuel consumption; significantly reduce needs for parking space; reduce crime; and facilitate business models for transportation as a service, especially via the sharing economy.

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services. The smart city concept integrates information and communication technology (ICT), and various physical devices connected to the network (IoT) to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens. Smart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving. ICT is used to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to increase contact between citizens and government. Smart city applications are developed to manage urban flows and allow for real-time responses. A smart city may, therefore, be more prepared to respond to challenges than one with a simple "transactional" relationship with its citizens.

Industry 4.0 is a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 fosters what has been called a "smart factory". Within modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real-time both internally and across organizational services offered and used by participants of the value chain.

In Sensors & Coding Hackathon 2018, participants will be tasked to program a state of the art web-based datalogger and use a telematic data collector gateway system. The Austrian Sick GmbH will provide all necessary devices, sensors, hardware, peripherals and tools to the students. Top of the industry instructors and mentors will assist them in this effort. After the 24-hour hack, each team is given only 5 minutes to pitch and bring its proposal to life in front of a mixed corporate and academic assessment jury. Prof. Nectarios Koziris, Dean of the School of ECE NTUA and Chair of IEEE Greece Section will head the jury.


SENSORS & CODING HACKATHON 2018 - NTUA Ceremonial Hall & School of ECE NTUA

Tue, 18.12. | 10:00 – 10:15

Registration – Welcome

Tue, 18.12. | 10:15 – 11:15

Presentation of the Case Study

Tue, 18.12. | 11:15 – 12:00

Q&Α Session and Release of the Case Study

24 Hours Non-Stop Hacking Phase

Snacks, water and non-alcoholic drinks available throughout

Wed, 19.12. | 12:00 – 13:00

Light lunch

Wed, 19.12. | 13:00 – 16:00

Pitching Session and Assessment

Wed, 19.12. | 16:00 – 18:00

Award Ceremony