Boost Your Tools

Bosch Online Hackathon

23-30 July

Win € 1,000 for your hit idea!

Boost Your Tools is a unique online competition where the teams combines hardware and software tools to create innovations.

Drilling and screwing might sound like a piece of cake with all the fantastic, easy-to-use Bosch power tools, but there is always room for improvement here and there. If you have an innovative idea and you’re interested in realizing it by using Bosch sensors, your C++ and Arduino knowledge, join our online hackathon with your team and win 1000 Euro for your hit idea!

After the registration period, the selected teams will receive a so-called starter kit, with the content of which they have to prepare their solutions to one of the given use-cases.

About the event session

4000

Euro Prize

168

hours work

15

solutions

We are looking for your innovative solution with the given items but here you can find 5 different use-cases as well to get inspiration:

The Challenge - Problem definition

For amateur users exploring new home projects learn at first hand that, it is difficult to drill or fasten screws at the desired angle. Getting a screw or drill with the right angle can seem trivial but can be a big challenge for first-time users. Wrong angles can lead to domino effect problems due to alignment issues, which are difficult to repair and most of the time require one to start all over again, which can be quite frustrating and taking out the joy of making your very own DIY projects.

Inspiration - Possible solutions

To make the first-time user experience joy of their initial projects, an angle detection on the drill or the automated screwdriver should be introduced. This can easily be done with an acceleration sensor that can measure tilt. The right angle can be set as required by the user and feedback through a LED or alarm. One can also block the drilling or screwing trigger until the right angle is met.

The Challenge - Problem definition

Screwing and drilling until the desired limit might seem easy, but is not always meeting the requirement of the construction especially for first-time users. Screws when screwed in excessively can damage the furniture, however, when screwed in less can cause the lack of grip to hold the two pieces of wood or furniture together. Manual torque drills can be a good solution but can be difficult for first-time users or for persons doing their initial DIY projects.

Inspiration - Possible solutions

Acceleration sensors and gyroscope sensors can be used to realize, how big the screw or the depth of the drill hole must be. Screwing in or drilling causes movement in the inward direction as well as vibrations, which can be picked up by integrated acceleration and gyroscope sensors from BOSCH.

The Challenge - Problem definition

One drill bit cannot be used for all types of surfaces and walls. There is a need for special screw drills or rather a stronger drill bit for special surfaces. Using the wrong type of drill bit causes the bit to wear out because of excessive friction. The worn-out drill bit renders uselessly due to lack of drilling profile on the drill bit.

Inspiration - Possible solutions

Using the wrong drill bit on a certain surface causes friction which is generally accompanied by smoke from the bit, heat generation, and wear of the drill. This generated smoke and it’s increasing level could be detected by an innovative environmental sensor capable of measuring VOCs.

The Challenge - Problem definition

Drilling in walls to hang your favorite picture might seem the best thing for making your house or apartment feel like home, but it can lead to some serious issues while drilling holes in walls. While making a simple hole in the wall you might damage concealed wires in the wall. There are multiple devices to detect these concealed wires, but those are most of the time unknown to most of the users. Damaging some of these wires lead to a lot of consequences where one might end up renovating the entire wall from scratch. Damaging such wires also causes complete breakdown of electrical connections and can be a major health hazard.

Inspiration - Possible solutions

Electrical wires carry current. These currents also generate a magnetic field. This magnetic field can be detected by commercially available magnetic sensors. The idea would be to detect these magnetic fields through a sensor attached to the drill and avoid the most harmful spots in the wall to avoid drilling into any concealed wiring in the wall.

The Challenge - Problem definition

Screws are vital components in setting up furniture. Excessive screwing can cause wear and tear of the screw and screw-up the screw. The wore down screw head can lead to problems later on in the furniture. The worn-down screw head might cause hindrances in disassembling the furniture and could be stuck in the joint, causing the need for a brute force for removing the screw. Such damaged screws also result in any modification which needs to be done to the furniture where one needs to remove the screw head for some modifications.

Inspiration - Possible solutions

Screw popping is the result of the screw being excessively screwed into the furniture. This can easily be detected by an acceleration sensor as the screwdriver jumps on the screw head multiple times.

We look forward to your creative solution, with which you can create something truly extraordinary and unique with the content of the item list provided by Bosch.

What is a hackathon?

A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the week results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovation.

What is the Boost Your Tools online hackathon about?

This is a unique online competition where the teams combines hardware and software tools to give innovative solutions for DIY use cases.

Prizes

The 3 best projects in the competition will receive a prize of € 1,000 per team.

In addition, the jury will award 5 additional outstanding teams with a prize of 200-200 Euros for their idea.

Agenda

  1. Registration period: 29th June - 15th July
  2. Pre-selection: 15th July - 16th July
  3. Receiving the starter kits: 16th July - 22th July
  4. Opening ceremony: 23th July 09.00
  5. 7 days of competition: 23th July - 30th July

    During the event: several mentoring and Q&A sessions

  6. Submission deadline: 29th July 23.59

  7. Agenda of the last day:
    • Evaluation (top 5 teams): 10.30 - 13.00
    • Top 5 live pitch sessions: 14.30 - 16.00
    • Closing ceremony: 16.30

Do you want to participate?

Don’t hesitate to register now!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the week results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovation.

What is the Boost Your Tools online hackathon about?

This is a unique online competition where the teams combine hardware and software tools to give innovative solutions for DIY use cases.

Can I participate alone?

No, you can’t. You need to find your mates and register in a team of 1 to 5 people.

I have an idea, what do I need to do?

  1. Find your teammates.
  2. Register to Junction App!
  3. Wait until the pre-selection ends.
  4. Receive your starter kit.
  5. Start working on your project!
  6. Submit your project video to the submission platform by 10 am on the last day.

How can I submit my project?

To submit your project you must create a 2-minute-long video, that you upload to Dropbox and create a shareable link for it and paste its link into the submission form where you should provide some more information about your solution. In the video, you have to present everything related to the project: presentation, demo, etc. The jury will evaluate based on this video. Please note that all of the submission videos have to be uploaded into a Dropbox folder, not onto a Google drive one.

What does the evaluation method look like?

Make a 2-minute video with your teammates, upload it into your Google Drive folder, and submit it on the submission platform by the final deadline. The submitted solutions will be evaluated by a professional jury and the 5 best projects have to be pitched in 5 minutes during a live session on the closing day.

What are the evaluation criterias?

The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criterias:

  • Innovation (30%)
  • User Experience (40%)
  • Implementation (30%)

Is participation free of charge?

Yes, the hackathon is free to enter.

Who owns the intellectual property of the hackathon projects?

By participating in the competition, the competing teams agree to hand over the solutions and any related protected knowledge created in the competition to the partner in exchange for a cash prize in accordance with the general terms and conditions.

How do I register a team?

All registration related things happen on the Junction App.

  1. When registering on the Junction App, choose Yes when asked if you’re applying as a team.
  2. Click the ☰ icon in the top left corner of the page and go to Team page.
  3. If you’re the team lead, click Create a new team. Otherwise go to step 5.
  4. The platform now generates you a unique team code. Send this team code to your team members.
  5. If you’re a member of a team, ask your team lead for the team code. Go to the same Team page and insert the team code to Join an excisting team. If you haven’t received a code from your team lead, ask the team lead to follow these instructions.
Link sharing is not possible through the Junction App, so please share the team code between all team members for example by email.

What does the starter kit contain?

The starter kit contains sensors and devices assembled by Bosch, the full list of which can be found here.

Where is the Boost Your Tools organized?

The event is held 100% online. We use open Slack workspace as the main platform for communication and Junction App for the hackathon submissions.

How does the pre-selection look like?

We are looking for teams who have the most relevant background to create something extraordinary with the given items. We will choose the 15 best teams, who have either German or Hungarian addresses.

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Organizers

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Károly Varga

Károly Varga

Main Organizer
Márton Hidas

Márton Hidas

Innovation Management Group Lead