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*students who cannot register online should submit their information using this form to the respective coordinator.


Design the City of Tomorrow

Design the cities of tomorrow together with students from Bangkok, Nanjing and Würzburg!


The first intercampus hackathon is a cooperation between the King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Lat Krabang (KMITL), the Nanjing Tech University Pujiang Institute (NJPJI) and the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS).


Test your skills with the following challenges

Test your skills with the following challenges

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Topic: Smart City– Urban Planning

Orientation day: Friday, 21/05/2021


Date: Friday, 28/05/2021 - Sunday, 30/05/2021


Challenges: 3


Participants: max. 150 hackers


Team size: 3-10 person


Hackers per challenge: approx. 50

The Challenges

At our intercampus hackathon, there will be a total of three challenges that are set by different companies on the topic of the smart city, addressing various aspects of urban life.


Based on the challenge description, you can decide in advance on a question that you would like to work on together with your team during the hackathon.


But beware! When assigning challenges, the following applies: first come, first served. Each challenge can only be worked on by a certain number of teams. This means that if you register quickly, you have a better chance of completing your "desired challenge" during the Hackathon.


When registering, you can assign priorities for each of the three challenges. The following challenges will be worked on during the Hackathon:


Digitally in Style: Re-Opening Businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the news about the COVID-19 vaccines broke the news, cities are hopeful about the reopening for business, especially the tourism industry that much needs the economic boost. Many ideas about using digital solutions to help these businesses have been floated around, e.g.,blockchain-based vaccination certification, and wristbands for tourists. This problem statement challenges you to think holistically about the entire journey of visitors to provide both a predictive and preventative digital mechanism to help businesses reopen at the acceptably lowest risk of COVID-19.

Creating smarter life in public spaces


A smart city should not only be efficient, it should also give a good feeling. In this context, we deal with the monitoring of public places. Scene hotspots that exude an intimidating mood to the point of being dangerous, combined with leaving waste collections should be avoided in order to promote the maintenance of the city image. Collect diverse information/data in new ways to identify accumulations in these areas and link them to your approaches to counteract. The interface is provided by us with an area-wide LoRaWAN network, through which you can transmit sensor data and play it out on various channels (MQTT, HTTP Push, databases). What technologies would you use to identify the emergence of such aggregations/hotspots to respond to the identified situation? Develop a concept with a small-scale prototype to influence the mood of the square so that the crowd can be dispersed peacefully.

Inclusivity/Urban City


One of the main mobility barriers experienced by users with disabilities are in public transport, in terms of urban and architectural design, as well as information communication (e.g. information that allows them to know where to board and alight). Given the importance of urban planning and duration needed to effect change, it may also be critical for government to understand the population distribution of people with disabilities in the community, to identify critical areas to improve accessibility.


How can we design a solution that addresses mobility barriers faced by commuters with disabilities (visual, motor, auditory, and cognitive) through?


1. Collecting and analyzing data on population distribution of people with disabilities within the country so as to better inform urban planners to prioritize regions to improve accessibility

2. Identifying and visualizing problems that greatly hinder usability, accessibility and inclusivity for public transport systems

3. Redesigning of public transport systems to enable greater accessibility to commuters with disabilities


Important Questions and Answers

Dear participants and those interested, over the next few weeks, we will address all frequently asked questions on this web page, which will be updated continuously.

1) Who organises the hackathon?

The hackathon is a cooperation between King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang ( KMITL) in Bangkok, Thailand, Nanjing Tech University Pujiang Institute ( NJPJI) in Nanjing, China and University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt ( FHWS). The hackathon was initiated by the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems at FHWS. Moreover, the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying, and the Faculty of Business and Engineering also take part.

2) When does the hackathon take place and what is the schedule?

The hackathon will take place over 36 hours from 28 to 30 May 2021. Beforehand, there will be an Orientation Day on Friday, 21 May, where the companies will present their challenges and be available for questions, and the teams can meet in initial introductory meetings with icebreaker activities. The exact schedule is as follows (times correspond to respective GMTs below): Friday, 21 May 2021 (Germany, GMT +2) 12:00 - 15:00 | (Thailand, GMT +7) 17:00 - 20:00 | (China, GMT +8) 18:00 - 21:00 Presentation of the challenges and teambuilding 22 May 2021 - 28 May 2021 Warm-up week: Teams can already discuss, develop project ideas Friday, 28 May 2021 (Germany, GMT +2) 12:00 | (Thailand, GMT +7) 17:00 | (China, GMT +8) 18:00 Start of the Hackathon (welcome, onboarding) Friday, 28 May 2021 (Germany, GMT +2) 13:00 - 22:00 Working on the challenges (location: SHL*) Saturday, 29 May 2021 (Germany, GMT +2) 07:00 - 22:00 Working on the challenges (location: SHL*) Saturday, 29 May 2021 (Germany, GMT +2) until 24:00 | (Thailand, GMT +7) until 30 May 05:00 | (China, GMT +8) until 30 May 06:00 Finalising the prototypes, presentations, etc. • Sunday, 30 May 2021 (Germany, GMT +2) 06:00 - 09:00 | (Thailand, GMT +7) 11:00 - 14:00 | (China, GMT +8) 12:00 - 15:00 Final pitch Teams can also already exchange ideas about their challenge or get to know each other in the time between Orientation Day and the official start of the hackathon. * For FHWS students, the hackathon is planned to take place in the FIW building (at SHL). Due to the building opening hours, it is unfortunately not possible to execute the challenges on site overnight. Therefore, the mentioned times refer to the building opening hours. This means that during the night from Friday to Saturday it will be possible to continue working on the challenges after 22:00 and before 07:00 (GMT +2), but not at SHL. Food (fruit and snacks) and drinks will be provided free of charge to participants on site at SHL. * For NJPJI students, students will be gathered at a common area (teaching hotel). More details will be given closer to date. * For KMITL students, the hackathon will be held virtually, there will be no need to meet physically.

3) Where does the hackathon take place?

The hackathon will be held mainly online. This will enable students from all participating universities to work together in international teams. FHWS students can work together in their teams in person at the SHL in Würzburg on Friday, 28 May and Saturday, 29 May (during the current building opening hours) and use the available hardware.* On Sunday, teams must work and present from home. *While doing so, the applicable hygiene rules must be followed strictly: Keep your distance, wear a medical face mask (or FFP2/FFP3 respirator) without valve, ventilate frequently, etc.

4) Who can participate?

All students, teachers and other staff of all participating universities and faculties are welcome to participate. At FHWS, the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems, the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, the Facilty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Plastics Engineering and Surveying and the Faculty of Business and Engineering are taking part in the hackathon. In addition, representatives of the universities as well as the companies providing the challenges will be involved to help with questions about the challenges, e.g. as mentors.

5) How can I get involved?

Participants are assigned different participation roles, for which they need to register before the start of the hackathon. The roles are: • Hacker: hackers are persons who work on the challenges. They choose one of the challenges set, form teams and work together on a creative solution (a prototype or a concept), contributing with their individual skills and knowledge. • Scrum Master / Mentor: Scrum Masters, also called mentors, are there to help the hackers along the way with their subject-specific specialist knowledge. They are not bound to any one team or challenge but can be called into action as needed to provide important impulses for working on the given task. • Challenge Owner: Challenge Owners announce the problems for the hackers to work on. They will present their challenge at the beginning of the hackathon and will be available to answer questions at the very beginning and sporadically during the hackathon. The role of the Challenge Owner in our hackathon is taken by representatives of the participating businesses. • Juror: Jurors form the jury, consisting of challenge patrons and/or business representatives as well as members of the participating universities, who judge the resultsof the teams at the end of the hackathon and select a winning team.

6) Which tools will be used for working remotely?

The teams are free to organise their collaboration on their own. The official channels used for the general organization of the hackathon and for communication between the organizers and all participants will be made available on Zoom. To join these channels, a Zoom account is required. It is also recommended to install the Zoom client on desktop. Other tools that can be used for virtual teamwork include:

  • Miro
  • Padlet
  • Ideaflip
  • Trello
  • MeisterTask
  • Asana
  • JetBrains
  • Discord
  • GitHub
  • Slack

7) What prior knowledge do I need to participate?

You do not need any programming skills in order to take part in the hackathon. Every team benefits from the different skills and backgrounds of its members. The results produced together can be (digital) prototypes as well as good concepts. Because this hackathon is virtual and international, all you need are digital competencies and basic knowledge of English to ensure good communication during the hackathon.

8) How are the teams put together?

Hackers can register either individually or in pairs. Each challenge is to be worked on by a maximum of 50 hackers. The size of the individual teams can range between 3 and 10 people. The hackers who register for a challenge will be assigned to a team by the hackathon organization team on the basis of the information they provide when registering (university, course of study, etc.). The goal of this measure is to ensure that the teams are made up of hackers from all three participating universities. Each team should ideally consist of hackers from Thailand, China and Germany. Within the teams, the hackers can organize themselves and, for example, form smaller groups that are responsible for specific work packages.

9) How can I sign up and how can I sign up for a specific challenge?

You can register via this link. Sign-up is possible both individually and in groups of two. When registering for the hackathon, preferences for the challenges can be assigned. Depending on the number of hackers, we will try to ensure that all participants can work on the challenge with their highest priority.

10) Is there a registration deadline?

Yes! You can register for the hackathon until Friday 14 May 2021.

11) What happens on Orientation Day?

The Orientation Day will take place on Friday, 21 May 2021 from (Germany, GMT +2) 12:00 to 15:00 | (Thailand, GMT +7) 17:00 to 20:00 | (China, GMT +8) 18:00 to 21:00. In the first 30 to 60 minutes, the challenge owners (representatives of the companies) will present their challenges in detail and answer any questions. Afterwards, you and your team members will go into breakout sessions to get to know each other a bit better. A team will consist of students from all three participating universities, i.e. in your team there will be at least one student from Thailand, China and Germany. To get to know one another better, there will be a moderator in each breakout session who has prepared a few icebreaker activities. You can also use the time to think about your solution or project idea.

12) Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Further questions can be addressed to the following personnel: King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang ( KMITL)

  • Aj Kanoknuch (kanoknuch.so@kmitl.ac.th)
  • Aj Ler (rutchanee.gu@kmitl.ac.th)
Nanjing Tech University Pujiang Institute ( NJPJI )
  • Robin (dcrobin@qq.com)
University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt ( FHWS)
  • Franziska Meyer (franziska.meyer@fhws.de)
  • Maike Antlitz (maike.antlitz@fhws.de)