Hack the Harvester

with Ponsse

Challenge info

Mar 18th - Mar 20th

Vieremä, Finland

3000 €


Hack the Harvester

with Ponsse

We invite all hackers, designers and forest machine enthusiasts to hack the harvester. We will take you to a visit to the Ponsse’s manufacturing factory, show harvesters in action and provide you with different APIs and data sets from the forest machines and the maintenance process. Now, Ponsse wants to build a community of tech startups and talented developers with whom co-operation can be continued.


Ponsse is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forest machines for the cut-to-length method, and its customer-oriented operations are still guided by the wishes and needs of forest machine entrepreneurs. Read more from: www.ponsse.com


  1. Harvester operator
    How to make operator more efficient and work feel more pleasant. What happens between the time when operator wakes up, ends day’s work and everything between. Could e.g. gamification, wearables or other things play role?
  2. Contractor & Fleet Management
    How could contractor handle every day increasingly growing information mass? There are machine production, diagnostic, Ecodrive and service data available. Operator/Machine comparison can be done in Report software. What kind of reporting possibilities there are if there was also third party information available? What kind of possibilities do we have to make sure everybody does Right/Optimal usage of the machines. How to increase productivity?
  3. Maintenance process
    How to help the maintenance to work remotely. Tools to understand the downtime reasons. Predictive tools to prevent need for repair work. Maximising up-time for harvesters. Improving regular maintenance. Maybe using VR or AR for special repair processes.


  • Harvester machines
  • History data from harvester usage (operations, locations…)
    • GPS coordinates of harvesters
    • Fuel level
    • Operating hours
    • Name of current area and operator
    • Outputs of harvester, operator, harvesting area by different tree species
    • Maintenance history of harvester and time for the next maintenance
    • Percentage of progress within certain harvester area
  • Swagger interface for JSON information
  • CSS library for UI development
  • Simulator to simulate harvesting work (data creation)
  • IT infrastructure
  • Samsung smart watches, phones and tablets
  • IBM Bluemix and Watson AI

The harvester collects data from sensor modules and puts the data to a bus. Ponsse Opti handles the bus together with wireless and wired devices like USB and internet modems.

There will also be professionals who operate harvesters, manage fleet, develop software for information systems and are training operators. They will help with any questions about the challenges and resources.

Video of Ponsse’s current Fleet Management system. Video shows what data is already in use.


The winning team will get 3000 euros. Prices are paid either as salary or invoice.


Apply with a team of 2-3 people. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline and all applicants will be informed one week after the deadline.

What is the goal?

The goal is to develop such prototypes or ideas that help Ponsse’s customers and Ponsse’s service personnel to be more productive in their everyday work. The goal is to create innovative ideas that could someday make working easier, fast and keep customers smiling. The goal is to use harvester’s data so that has never been done before.

Who will own my idea?

Ideas are free for everyone to use but the IPR for any software codebase or documents produced during the competition will stay with the participating team. The host has the first right of refusal to negotiate further collaboration with the team to purchase or continue working on the project initiated at the hack.


Ville Riikkala, former Coach and Screening Team Lead at AppCampus
Pekka Sivonen, founder of Digia & Director of Digitalization at Tekes


Juho Nummela, CEO, Ponsse
Juha Inberg, CTO, Ponsse
Jarmo Hiljanen, Web applications Project Leader, Ponsse


Judging criteria

1. Innovativeness and new approach
2. Commercial potential
3. Team’s capability to finalize the project
4. Wise use of given resources (Data, APIs, Devices)


Applications open on 4.2.2016
Applications close 19.2.2016
Teams chosen 26.2.2016
Industryhack event 18.-20.3.2016 at Vieremä

Transportation & accommodation

We will have a free bus connection to Vieremä from Oulu city center and Oulu airport in the morning of Friday 18th, and back in the evening on Sunday 20th. If you come by plane, we suggest to take any of the morning flights on Friday, a hotel for Sunday-Monday and a morning flight back on Monday. Flights and hotel in Oulu are not covered by Ponsse.

All accomodation, food and drinks are covered by Ponsse in Vieremä.


You can ask questions related to participating by emailing us at info@industryhack.com.