Doing it alone requires more strength and effort to achieve the end result. This also applies for developing innovations. However, when people with the most varied experiences come together and share their knowledge, innovations can be created more strategically and more effectively.
The Venture Forum is one of many initiatives designed to foster open innovation. To BSH, open innovation means working together with innovative start-ups and industry players to discover new solutions to new and old problems. This way, we innovate the ways in which we meet our consumers’ current and future needs. This is especially relevant today, as we can only stay ahead of the digital curve, through pushing ourselves to think outside the box and collaborating with new partners from outside of the company. The BSH Venture Forum therefore paves the way for new developments, business models and cooperation.
Anyone running a marathon wants to cover a distance of 42 kilometers in the shortest possible time. The classic marathon is thus not only where the Home Connect "Hackathon" gets its name from, but also its idea. Even if the participants in this case are much less out of breath afterwards.
What do you get when you give young developers from different sectors 48 hours to connect modern home appliances with smart sensors, thermostats, weather stations or app solutions? Innovative applications for the connected home! That's what the "Hack the House" Hackathon initiated by Home Connect in Stockholm is all about. The main objective of this annual event is to generate lots of ideas in the shortest possible time, try out new things and, last but not least, make interesting contacts and form new partnerships. The focus, on the one hand, is on how communication is organized between a home appliance, services or devices such as digital voice assistants. On the other, the participants are faced with the task of developing solutions that simplify everyday life of the consumers – irrespective of whether it’s about shopping, security or energy management, for example. “Hack the House" is a meeting point for the most diverse individuals from start-ups and companies, who bring the topic of Internet of Things to life in an unconventional and smart way with the infamous "outside" perspective. Over the two days, programs are written, hardware and software tasks are tackled, and tests are performed on how solutions might look in practice.
What can happen in 24 hours? Take a look at highlights from the last Hackathon!