Konecranes to Host ‘Hackathon’


Konecranes will host its second industry ‘Hack Hackathon’ event on September 4-6, 2015 in Hyvinkää, Finland. For 48 hours during the event, 12 teams will develop and build new applications and services around the theme: “The Digitalization of Maintenance and Services”.

Konecranes challenges the teams to come up with ideas on how to utilise new tools and data to make a service visit more efficient and fluent by optimising the whole service process.

The Hackathon event will combine the knowledge and enthusiasm of coders and designers with that of Konecranes’ technical and business experts.

Konecranes’ first Hackathon event, held at the beginning of February, 2015 generated several valuable and advantageous ideas. One of the main targets of the first event was to see if Konecranes’ already available crane interfaces for collecting, processing and transmitting data are of a type that external developers could hook into and then use as the basis for creating solutions and services.

Lasse Eriksson, Program Manager at Konecranes, said: “Since the first Hackathon, we have had several discussions about new collaborative opportunities with the companies who had teams participating in the event.

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“These discussions have provided us with new insight into the capabilities that start-ups and SMEs have in the field of the ‘Industrial Internet’. Certain new ideas presented in the Hackathon have been developed further with two of the teams. One of the companies that participated in the first Hackathon is now a key partner in Konecranes’ research and development projects. We have also hired one of the participants.”

Juha Pankakoski, Chief Digital Officer at Konecranes, said: “We are looking at ways to renew the whole service process and to create a truly new kind of customer experience. We hope that the teams will help create a memorable experience together with Konecranes staff and that we’ll have many more ‘wow’ moments in the demo session.”

On Sunday afternoon the results will be presented to a jury and the prize for the best innovation will be awarded.

Fact File: Konecranes is a world-leading group of lifting businesses, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides lifting solutions, as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes.

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