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2017-04-14

Hackathon for a smart environment and for shared skills

Smart Environment PhD hackathon aimed to bring PhD students from different departments together. Four teams proposed solutions that will make our society a more efficient and intelligent place to live.

Winners of PhD Hackathon 2017

The winning project Fridge WOK aims to reduce food waste. The winning team members Yuantao Fan, Hassan Nemati, Julia Malmborg and Maytheewat Aramrattana received 1000 SEK per person for buying books.

– We wanted to create an event for all PhD students to interact. Four teams were formed, with three to four students from different research areas in each team. The task was to suggest a digital solution to an existing problem within the area of smart environment, says Deycy Janeth Sánchez Preciado, PhD student at School of Business, Engineering and Science, as well one of the hackathon organisers.

The hackathon was organised by HRSS – Halmstad Research Student Society, which is an autonomous organisation of PhD Students. Lukas Linnér was one of the participants.

– The hackathon has been exciting, and it was fun to meet in this context. In HRSS we have had social activities, but through an initiative from the former Vice-Chancellor Mikael Alexandersson we got the chance and resources to organise even more exchange between the different schools at the University, says Lukas Linnér.

Important collaboration

– In this way we can share ways of thinking and also knowledge from different areas. Many of us who are here today are the future researchers at the University. If we collaborate, it benefits the interdisciplinary work within the innovation driven University, says Lukas Linnér.

The main part of the work was done during one day, April 7. The teams received coaching and feedback continuously from part of the jury and other advisors. After a final presentation from each team, the jury chose a winning project based on a number of predefined criteria.

The jury consisted of researchers from different parts of the University: Stefan Byttner from School of Information Technology (ITE), Ingela Skärsäter from School of Health and Welfare (HOV), Cecilia Björken-Nyberg from School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences (LHS) and Magnus Holmén from School of Business, Engineering and Science (ETN). The advisors were Peter Uppman from Connect and Conny Nilsson from ALMI.

The winners have a solution for limiting food waste

The winning project, Fridge WOK, managed to score high across all criteria. In Fridge WOK (Waste Or cook) everything in your fridge is registered in a digital platform. The platform can for example suggest what you should cook in order to limit food waste. It can also recommend what groceries you should buy and what you already have at home.

– The jury found it to address a very urgent problem in our society – to reduce food waste. They believe it has high potential of succeeding and that it is scalable, Hassan Nemati, part of the winning team and a PhD student at School of Information Technology (ITE).

The team had four members, Julia Malmborg (ETN/HOV), Hassan Nemati (ITE), Yuantao Fan (ITE) and Maytheewat Aramrattana (ITE). They received 1000 SEK per person for buying books, as well as the opportunity to receive further coaching if they choose to develop their winning idea.

– It has been a very good experience! Through efficient group discussions, we managed to define food waste as an important challenge in our society, and suggest our solution. We hope that Fridge WOK can become a reality through a research project or master thesis, says Hassan Nemati.

This year’s PhD hackathon was the first at the University.

– After this experience, we hope to do it again next year, says Deycy Janeth Sánchez Preciado.

 The four hackathon projects were called:

  1. Smart Digital Dual Career Environment – a way to combine sport and career
  2. Fridge WOK (Waste Or cook) – reducing food waste by digitally connecting your fridge
  3. Guide of Thrones – an app to find your nearest and cleanest toilet
  4. The wellbeing of PhD students – a way to continuously measure PhD students’ health
Teams, jury and advisors of the 2017 PhD Hackathon

The PhD Hackathon will hopefully be an annual University event.

Text: Kristina Rörström and Louise Wandel

Photo: Lotta Andersson and Kristina Rörström 

PhD Hackathon, work in progess

The final day of the Hackathon was April 7. All four teams teams received coaching and feedback continuously from part of the jury and other advisors.

PhD Hackaton organiser Deycy Janeth Sánchez Preciado.

Deycy Janeth Sánchez Preciado, PhD student at School of Business, Engineering and Science, as well one of the hackathon organisers.

The task was to suggest a digital solution to an existing problem within the area of smart environment

- Deycy Janeth Sánchez Preciado.

Updated 2017-04-19