Following last year’s success of the brain marathon (hackathon), our China team got all excited to start a new round of hackathon with 43 student teams from top universities in China this past October. Under the theme ‘Bathroom solutions for the elderly’, a judges panel of 11 experts including designers and representatives of NGOs as well as people from other industries and our product marketing, engineering and, design studio teams. They cheered the contestants on to find new and innovative solutions for the bathrooms of the future and in particular for elderly people.
The hackathon kicked off in October in Shanghai with field research, training and the selection of the teams. In November, the students brought their sketches to the actual hackathon day and crunched the next 24 hours to find 14 great ideas for new product development.The judges had a hard time to decide which idea was the best as there was a whole slew of incredible thought processes turned into projects and potential great products.Finally, the top three projects were selected and awarded a prize. These ideas will be further developed and realized and implemented by our industrial and product design team. The first prize will be registered for a patent. The other projects will be reviewed and considered for later product developments.This year was as much fun as last year and the hard work of the students paid off handsomely with incredible ideas and a collective creativity that keeps us amazed. The teamwork and the productivity of the teams are outstanding.
But even the strongest sometimes had to give in – taking power naps in bathtubs seemed to be a popular past time for students.
Although there were only three winners at the competition, we feel that everyone who participated was a winner and we are really impressed by the work presented.