Results — Hack Mercedes-Benz Airport with Veho
“This is not something we’re doing just because it’s in for the moment — it’s actually coming from our strategy.” — Kenneth Strömsholm, CEO at Veho
Veho is a car sales group and importer of Mercedes-Benz, Citroën, Smart and Peugeot. It also provides related maintenance services.
Digitalisation is strongly tied into the company’s strategy and as the brand new Mercedes-Benz flagship store was opened in March 2016, Veho team wanted Industryhack to take a group of developers and designers on site before the actual opening — to hack
the car ownership
Using connectivity, sensors, digital maintenance history and other features of a modern car together with the car maintenance center to create services that make owning a car easier and care-free
the maintenance process
Developing new ways to improve the maintenance process, creating value to end-customer and helping the staff to work better
Using the given resources and environment to solve another problem for the customer, maintenance staff or other stakeholders
Hack MB Airport took place in Mar 4–6th 2016. During the weekend 15 teams built new product concepts with access to
- Mercedes-Benz cars
- Veho’s car maintenance history data
- License plate recognition technology
- Mechanics and other professionals who work daily with car maintenance customers
- Industryhack coaches
- IoT buttons (bt.tn), beacons, and sensors
- IBM Bluemix development & Watson artificial intelligence platforms
- Samsung tablets, smartphones, VR headsets and smartwatches
The participating 2–3 person teams came mainly from startups and bigger tech-oriented companies. The final product prototype demos covered themes such as automatic customer identification, communication between mechanicians and customers, on-site car traffic analysis and paper-free maintenance service.
The best performing teams
The jury consisting of Veho management and Industryhack coaches selected four teams as the hackathon winners:
What happened next?
Veho continued discussions with the teams above and has recently started a pilot project with Team Connectify.
To sum up
Industryhack has provided Veho with
- help in building and maintaining an external developer community
- efficient R&D: 15 prototypes in just 48 hours
- a followup pilot project
- understanding about the latest technologies and their possibilities
- help in advancing cultural change within the company
- marketing benefits and positive PR
“The hackathon exceeded our expectations. The teams got fast on top of the development targets and they really challenged us to look at things from different perspectives.” — Kenneth Strömsholm, CEO at Veho
Veho was founded in 1939. In 2015 it had 1,1 billion euros in revenue, 2.000 employees and operations in Finland, Sweden and Baltic countries.