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Volkswagen Group Kicks off i.mobilothon a Hackathon to Explore Innovation in Mobility Solutions

23.09.2022 - 10:12:13

Volkswagen Group Kicks off i.mobilothon a Hackathon to Explore Innovation in Mobility Solutions. Participants would dwell upon a series of challenges focused on real-world business problems to find innovative solutions using diverse technologies

Business Wire India
Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions India, the global technology Hub of the Volkswagen Group along with Skoda Auto Volkswagen India and Skoda Auto Digilab India are hosting the 2nd edition of i.mobilothon, a Virtual Hackathon that focuses on prototyping various solutions in the area of Mobility.

The hackathon, launched on 13th Sep 2022, seeks to bring together the sharpest minds from the industry. With wider horizon, the event invites participation in three broad categories, namely Start-Ups, Employees of Volkswagen Group and their partners, as well as University Students from across the country. Over a period of several weeks, the participants would dwell upon a series of challenges focused on real-world business problems and try to find innovative solutions to those problems using diverse technologies.

The scope of i.mobilothon encompasses 4 themes which are: Holistic Sustainability, Transforming Mobility with AI, Internet of Things and Mobility Solutions in the Metaverse.

Stephan Fingerling, Managing Director, Volkswagen IT Solutions, Wolfsburg, Germany, inaugurated the i.mobilothon. In his opening speech, Stephan said, “Hackathons are wonderful platforms to give innovation a way to come to the surface and to create new ideas in a way that is useful for all. I am curious about the good ideas and prototypes that will be created within this hackathon, specifically in reducing our carbon footprint by IT and Digitalization to benefit our children and future generations.”

“Great start for the Tech community to join the hackathon focused on disruptive ideas/solutions/products based on the automotive and mobility sector. VW Group Tech communities, Startups and fresh talent from universities are invited to join this mega hackathon. Thanks, Stephan Fingerling for flagging off the event.” added Sidharth Yadav, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions India.

The top two participants in each category will be awarded prizes ranging from co-create opportunities for start-ups, cash and employment opportunities for students, and gadgets and goodies for employees respectively. The evaluation criteria for the same would be based on parameters such as impact, degree of innovation, scalability, time to market and risk of failure.

i.mobilothon would be held over a period of 10 weeks with registrations starting from 13for idea submission is 14th Oct. Final presentations with prototypes and the closing ceremony with awards distribution are likely to be held towards the end of November 2022.

Detailed information about the hackathon can be found here:

The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.

Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. (Formerly Volkswagen IT Services India Pvt. Ltd) is a global technology Hub of the Volkswagen Group. Our 1600+ strong young, energetic, and enthusiastic team of tech junkies and technology experts co-creates and co-innovates, while constantly exploring newer possibilities in the area of technology.

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About Skoda Auto Volkswagen India

ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED represents the passenger car subsidiaries of the Volkswagen Group in India. ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED has been formed following the merger of ŠKODA AUTO India Private Limited (SAIPL), Volkswagen India Private Limited (VWIPL), and Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited (NSC). Headquartered in Pune, ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED will be responsible for the business operations of five automotive brands in India: ŠKODA AUTO, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini.

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About Skoda Auto Digilab India

The ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab in Pune is an integral part of the India 2.0 project led by ŠKODA AUTO, whereas the Volkswagen Group confirmed investments of around one billion euros.

ŠKODA has consistently established its innovation hubs in important markets and high-tech regions. ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab in Prague was the first of the now four centres, which opened at the beginning of 2017. The first spin-off followed in January 2018, commencing operations in the Israeli IT hotspot of Tel Aviv as a joint venture between the Prague-based ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab and the local importer Champion Motors. The third hub in China joined the team in April 2019 and has since been testing digital prototypes and mobility services for Chinese market. These agile business organisations, which function as start-ups in the IT industry, allow ŠKODA to sustainably strengthen its expertise in both innovation and digital development.

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