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MAN Data Hackathon 2019: It's a wrap!


When MAN approached us in late September that they want to organise a public, cross-disciplinary Data Hackathon with 100 participants in less than 3 months we have been surprised (and at times even worried). Now looking back at the event, we are amazed by what they put together and are grateful that we partnered up with them.

Sebastian Hojas

Culture & Agile Advisor

The teams were working on topics around electrification of trucks and buses, disruption of the transport ecosystem and improvement of road safety. They were supported by coaches from MAN, Microsoft and Futurice.

The MAN Hackathon: Facts & figures - Duration: 3 days, December 5-7th 2019 - Participants: 100 hackers - Partners: Accenture, Microsoft, ZD.B, Futurice - Topics: Empower the digital transport ecosystem, hack the electric future, improve road safety and operations - Additional support: Co-creation lab powered by Futurice and MAN, Microsoft Azure coaches, MAN business coaches

What was our role?

We helped MAN with the concept and organisation of the event, and created a co-creation lab where teams received coaching and support with ideation, rapid prototyping, business model hacking, pitch practice or sometimes just a little encouragement. Over the three days we offered 28 sessions, and we have been fully booked every day.

We see hackathons as a great investment. They are all about learning new methods/approaches, while gaining perspectives that we might not otherwise have thought of. We always discover something new, which consistently exceeds our expectations.

- Niklaus H. Waser, Senior Vice President - Digital Transformation & Business Models at MAN Truck & Bus SE

Sonja, our Swedish MD at the panel discussion about partnering when developing digital business models

Our team working on MAN cases

Our coaches who ran the co-creation lab

We have been surprised by the excitement and momentum within MAN around the event. Part of a greater strategy to transform, the hackathon has been a big step forward in bringing together many different departments at MAN. This proved especially useful: if the aim is to generate meaningful inbound innovation and change, involvement from all business areas and parts of the organisation is needed for any hackathon to have meaningful impact. We look forward to the next MAN Hackathon. If you want to stay in the loop and meet us at the next iteration, follow the MAN Hackathon on LinkedIn or contact Tom Schneider.

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