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Go big or go home: Kickoff for Hackdays Germany in Rhein-Neckar

Go big or go home: Kickoff for Hackdays Germany in Rhein-Neckar Hackdays Germany

Go big or go home – the motto under which the startup Bruemmer Digital Ventures (BDV) GmbH from Mannheim organizes multiple Superhackathons across Germany in 2019. Usually, hackathons last about one or two days on which digital challenges set up by a company are being solved by participants in a preferably innovative and creative way. “Anyone can do that.”, thought BDV and goes one step further. With their regional Hackdays BDV brings together the who’s who of corporations in the respective region and celebrates with talents and corporations for four days.

Hackdays Germany start off with Hackdays Rhein-Neckar on February 14th to 17th in Mannheim. For this regional hackathon, the introduction as well as the final award ceremony will take place at the John Deere Forum, the hacking will be done right across the street in the Mafinex. Challenge setters are BASF SE, SAP SE, Bilfinger Digital Next GmbH (under Bilfinger SE), Heidelberg Digital Unit GmbH (a company of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG), Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, Rhein-Neckar Löwen GmbH, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG and Mannheimer Morgen Großdruckerei und Verlag GmbH.

The challenges are as diverse as the participating corporations. While SAP is setting up a data-driven challenge in the esport department, BASF is setting the task of developing new business models and technical concepts around digital health plans. While the challenge of the digital unit of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen is in the realm of data analysis and processing, Bilfinger is proposing a smart engine problem. John Deere also recognizes the challenges of digital transformation and hence, approaches them with a smart farming challenge. At the same time, Mannheimer Morgen addresses the topic of Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa. A sporty focus will be on the challenge of Pepperl+Fuchs which – in cooperation with the DFB GmbH and the Badischer Fußballverband – deals with algorithm models for the coordination of soccer teams. Additionally, the handballers of the Rhein-Neckar Loewen direct their challenge at business pros who are up for some sports spirit and a task in the domain of user generated content. “We hope to contribute with a lot of emotions, excitement and lots of fun,” says Jennifer Kettemann, CEO of Rhein-Neckar Löwen GmbH.

According to the diverse challenges, we are looking for highly heterogenous teams of talents: from business, over design to IT, everyone who is keen on taking on the digital design- and tech-challenges of the corporations is welcome! Saying it by quoting Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hermann, executive board member and CDO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: "We have the data, you have the talent and together we can create new digital business models to shape the future of our industry."

For all of you who can’t wait, there is a little pre-taste of Hackdays Rhein-Neckar, our teaser video: and

Interested digital natives can apply now at and become a part of the Hackdays Germany community.

About BDV GmbH: BDV organizes regional Hackdays across Germany to connect IT-talents, developers, designers and growth hackers with Germany’s leading corporations. With “Hackdays Germany” BDV bundles up the leading-edge enterprises of each region and calls digital talents to the location at the same time.

About BASF SE: BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future and has embedded this into their corporate purpose: “We create chemistry for a sustainable future.” The group combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Their portfolio is arranged into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.

About SAP SE: SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, they are the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer. SAP helps you streamline your processes, giving you the ability to use real-time data to predict customer trends across your entire business. SAP is committed to helping every customer become a best-run business.

About Bilfinger Digital Next GmbH: Bilfinger is a leading international industrial services provider. The Group enhances the efficiency of assets, ensures a high level of availability and reduces maintenance costs. With this background Bilfinger expand the pioneering role in the process industry with BILFINGER DIGITAL NEXT, connecting industry and IT. BILFINGER DIGITAL NEXT offers customers consultancy, digital networking, data collection and analysis as well as predictive maintenance all from a single source. And applies comprehensive expertise leading to new digital solutions.

About Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: With the Heidelberg Digital Unit – HDU – Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is realigning its e-commerce and digital marketing activities. With its IoT (Internet of Things) partner iq! GmbH, HDU is creating a single omnichannel platform that combines, harmonizes, and coordinates the company’s various sales channels. HDU also covers all marketing activities that focus on expanding and shaping the digital customer experience.

About Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH: As a technology leader in industrial sensor technology and a pioneer in electrical explosion protection, Pepperl+Fuchs has been developing components and solutions for over 70 years. Above all, their goal is to offer the perfect solutions for their customers’ applications. Creating customer-focused solutions to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges is at the center of everything they do. And Industry 4.0 makes this more important than ever.

About Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Rhein-Neckar Löwen is one of the most successful teams in German handball based in the Rhein-Neckar region. The two-time German handball champion was founded in 2002 as SG Kronau/Östringen and has used their current name since 2007. The club’s home arena is the SAP Arena in Mannheim which has the largest capacity for seating in the German Bundesliga with 13.200 seats.

About John Deere GmbH & Co. KG: John Deere is the world’s number one manufacturer of highly developed products and services for the agricultural and forestry sector. Furthermore, it is a significant provider of construction machinery and machines for yard and property maintenance. John Deere is on site with manufacturing plants, sales houses and spare parts stock warehouses in 36 countries and sells its products in 160 countries. In Germany, John Deere counts 6,600 employees at 6 different locations.

About Mannheimer Morgen Großdruckerei und Verlag GmbH: The regional newspaper Mannheimer Morgen is the leading newspaper in Mannheim and appears daily from Monday to Saturday with a circulation of around 110,000 copies and exists since 1946. A total of 142 editors at 10 locations produce these titles, supported by correspondents in all parts of the world. As one of only a few regional newspapers in Germany, the "Mannheimer Morgen" appears in three federal states: Baden-Württemberg, Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz.

Press Contact for Hackdays:
Annika Spranz, Bruemmer Digital Ventures GmbH, Technologie Zentrum MAFINEX
Julius-Hatry-Straße 1, 68163 Mannheim

Phone: + 49 (0) 177 833 46 03
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  • Europäische Union
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