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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF TEXTILE HACK!

June 4th-5th • Mafinex Technology Center • Mannheim • Germany

Join us to hack the future of industrial textiles and develop new used cases for high end, multi functional fabrics. You'll be working together with researchers and industry experts from the textile industry and leading universities. Your a student, researcher, entrepreneur or young professional? Apply now for one of 20 slots!

 

WHAT IS THE HACKATHON ABOUT?

Startup Mannheim in cooperation with Dr. Zwissler AG and Shenkar College is hosting an exciting hackathon for textile and material technologies. This unique event will bring together enthusiastic young professionals and students to develop innovative solutions for current and future textile challenges. In just 48h you develop your ideas, find your team, meet experts, build your own project and inspire us with it.

You will have the opportunity to come network with the biggest names in the textile and materials field in Germany in a motivational environment that challenges open and creative thinking - a true think tank.


You are a student, graduate or young professional, you think ahead and want to take your ideas and skills to a new level? You want to face friendly competition and make contacts with like-minded people and mentors from areas such as design or business? Then join us and register today for our HACKATHON in Mannheim.

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

Application is open for individuals and teams of students, young professionals, entrepreneurs and researchers preferably from but not limited to the following backgrounds.

BUSINESS

Marketing, Management, Finance, Economics, Business Education, IT, Business & Culture etc.

TECH

Textile Engineering, Material Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Biology etc.

CREATIVE

Design, Music, Architecture, Movies & Fotography, Communications, Fashion, Art etc.

 

CHALLENGES

The challenges can be grouped into four verticals. Each challenge will be presented in a short pitch at the event.

Urban Gardening

Work and prototype on textile based solutions for vertical and horizontal urban gardening solutions for professional or home use.

Textile & Water

Filtration, Irrigation, Drainages - functional textiles that are water repellant or permeable. There are plenty of untouched use cases to use textile in a water context.

Automotive

The autonomous car will heavily impact the interior of the car and leads to new functionalities that are required in the inner part of the car. Design your vision of the interior of the car of the future from a textile view.

Open Challenges

Work with cutting edge materials such as FreeDMesh and others that come with a big variety of functionalities and develop used cases in different verticals that can range from construction to protective gear or sports up sun-protection. Be creative & prototype!

 

PARTNERS

who make this event possible

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Mannheim offers a unique startup eco-system in an inspiring urban environment and an increasing number of  young companies have begun mapping out the future from here. The mg:gmbh manages eight startup centers, offering 28.000 square meters of office space. A diverse spectrum of 300 startups are based here, including music, creative and fashion businesses, ranging all the way to information technology, medical engineering and many different technological startups.

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Dr. Zwissler Holding AG combines the innovative capability of medium-sized enterprises with the strength of a global corporation.
The holding company comprises 15 high-performing companies with operational centers in Europe, North and Central America and Asia. From their headquarters in Gerstetten in Baden-Württemberg, they support them in developing viable strategies for success, thereby ensuring sustainable growth for the entire Group.

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“Shenkar - Engineering. Design. Art” has established itself as one of the leading colleges in Israel.
The David & Barbara Blumenthal Israel Center for Innovation and Research in Textiles, CIRTex at Shenkar, is dedicated to the advancement of textile innovation and research with the objective to reinvigorate the field in Israel and promote the utilization of advanced textile techniques, processes of production, and fields of implementation.

 

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

Our hackathon offers more than just a fun experience, it's your chance to start your own venture with access to the people you need to succeed:

INCUBATION IN MANNHEIM

Enjoy free coworking and housing during the incubation time, access to the Startup Mannheim community, connections to investors, customers and mentors for a wide range of topics topics from Marketing to Legal or Finance!

COLLABORATION WITH DR. ZWISSLER AG

Have the unique opportunity to build up your own venture with a true global champion in functional textiles!

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

At the end of the second day you will be pitching your idea in front of a jury consisting of corporate representatives, mentors and investors. They will assess you on the basis of the following criteria:

NOVELTY AND CREATIVITY

How innovative is your approach?

FEASABILITY AND RELEVANCE

Does your approach correspond with market needs?

TEAM SPIRIT AND MOTIVATION

How dynamic is your team?

 

AGENDA

JUNE 4TH

08:30 Check-in & Breakfast

09:00 Opening & About Dr. Zwissler Holding AG
09:30 Pitch of all challenges by Dr. Zwissler AG
10:30 Building the teams
11:00 Prototyping in the teams

JUNE 5TH

09:00 FAQ with the Dr.Zwissler experts
10:00 Working in the teams
14:00 Optional Pitch training
17:30 Deadline for the final pitch
18:00 Pitch Event
19:30 Awarding Ceremony
20:00 BBQ

 

IMPRESSIONS

 

GET IN TOUCH

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Creative Working
 

FAQ

WHO CAN APPLY?

The hackathon is open to all who are interested in the field, have the necessary skills and feel like working on the topics for a whole weekend. No matter whether students or professionals, anyone can apply.

UNTIL WHEN CAN I REGISTER?

Registration starts immediately and is possible until 12th of May Just follow the registration link. After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email that you take part in the hackathon. The places for this hackathon are limited and will be assigned after the registration. It is therefore advisable to register in good time. With more registrations than places we reserve the right to select the participants.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO BRING?

Participants bring their own hardware - typically notebooks, smartphones etc.

I’M NOT FROM MANNHEIM, WILL TRAVEL COSTS BE ACCOUNTED FOR?

There is a dedicated but limited travel budget for international applicants.

IS THE EVENT CATERED?

Of course, food and drink will be provided throughout the entire weekend.

IS THERE ACCOMODATION NEARBY?

Free accomodation is available but limited, you are more than welcome to bring your sleeping bag and crash at the event site.

CAN I PRESENT MY OWN CHALLENGE DURING THE EVENT?

No, the event is reserved for planned challenges only.