AI - the driver of tomorrow

1. - 2.10.2021

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WHU's online Hackathon IDEAHACK 2021 is about to take place !

From October 1-2, 2021, we, BMT - "Business meets Tech" at WHU - Germany's #1 Business School, will host our Hackathon under the motto "AI - the driver of tomorrow" . To make participating possible for everyone we have decided to host the hackathon entirely online.  Thanks to our sponsors, there will be a total price pool of 3.000€.

In a 12-hour hackathon, you will face our challenges, for example that of our main sponsor, the AI service provider Comma Soft AG. In addition, we offer you exciting networking opportunities with other participants or our sponsors at our speeddating.

Our collaboration with IdeaLab! also allows us to offer you a limited number of combined tickets that entitle you to attend this year's IdeaLab! - WHU Founder's Conference on our campus Vallendar.

We are looking forward to finally welcoming you back to IdeaHack 2021 and have worked hard to provide you with the best possible event experience.


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Winner Hackathon 2020

1500 €

2000 €

1000 €

1st Place: Stargaze - Starmind Challenge 🔗

Company-intern talent platform: Finding career paths within at your current workplace

2nd Place: CaroLingo - Educaro Challenge 🔗

Language learning app: playful introduction into new languages and cultures

3rd Place: SolarCulator - Enpal Challenge 🔗

Solar-savings calculator: Determines your potential savings from solar energy depending on your location, roof size and other factors


IDEAHACK! - WHU's Hackathon

  • hosted by Business Meets Tech - Tech at WHU 12h Hackathon
  • aimed for tech enthusiasts / developer and business people
  • develop creative solutions on topics

Challenge your self

  • compete against others from top universities
  • develop solutions for challenges of our partners
  • use your skills and learn from team mates and mentors

Expand your network!

  • meet new people from different universities or companies
  • show your skills to judges, partners and other participants

Support from us and our mentors

  • the organizing team of IDEAHACK! - WHU's Hackathon will be available any time to help regarding all organizatory questions
  • our mentors will try their best to help you and your team to progress and are happy to support you and your solution

Our Sponsors and Partners


Enpal is a renewable energy provider that tackles the challenge of making solar energy affordable and convenient for a wider range of people. By offering an all-round service and a new financing concept to the customers, the company has been able to significantly increase the amount of solar energy produced on private houses. Enpal’s vision is to shape a future independent of fossil fuels, making this world a better place for us and the coming generations.

Starmind designs and develops a self-learning technology which applies insights from neuroscience and artificial intelligence in order to network and map internals of large corporations. That way productivity, innovation and career development is increased throughout an organization. Starmind serves customers in the United States, Germany, and Switzerland.

As an educational institution in the global market for migration, the Educaro Group has positioned itself as an ecosystem in third countries with physical training centers. The consistently technology-driven approach enables the group to effectively coordinate migration for career purposes from initial selection abroad to full integration at the institution.



Dragos Nedelcu
Bogdan Nedelcu
Lukas Ryll
Alexander Hess
Thilo Huellmann
Gerrit McGowan
Borja Sánchez Clemente

We are always open to team up with new partners. Contact us, if you want to interact closely with students at the brink of business and software.

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Kacke Bauen um zu nerven

Start Hacking

Welcome Stream





Kacke Bauen um zu nerven

Start Hacking

Welcome Stream





Kacke Bauen um zu nerven

End Hacking

Welcome Stream



10:00-11:30 - Opening ceremony

Opening speech and presentation of challenges

12:00 - Start of hacking

Beginning of the 12h hackathon

24:00 - End of hacking

Submission of all work created during the hackathon


09:30-10:30 - Pitches

Presentation of the work created

10:45-11:45 - Speeddating

Get into personal contact with our sponsors

12:00-16:45 - IdeaLab! (optional)

Participate in europes  #1 startup conference

17:00-18:00 - Winners presentation and closing ceremony

Official end of the event Ideahack!2021

21:00-open end - IdeaLab! afterparty (optional)

Celebrate with your teammates and meet exciting people


What is so special about it?

We give you the chance to change the world by building applications that truly matter! You will also have the opportunity to get in touch with our awesome partners, slip into their shoes and solve real-world challenges using their API and expertise.

What will be the challenge?

The broader topic of Ideahack!2021 is AI. You will get to choose between different challenges by our sponsors (e.g.: Comma Soft)

How much does IDEAHACK!2021 cost?

Our Hackathon is entirely free of cost! If you choose to participate in IdeaLab! 2021 in Vallendar on saturday we will charge an optional extra fee of 25€.

Can I work on my hack before the event?

No. To maintain competition integrity and fairness, all work on your hack must be done during the event. All work done prior to the hackathon will not be taken into consideration when judging your final solution.

Please drop us an email if you have any questions or hit us up on Instagram. We’d love to help you!

Organized by BMT

Business Meets Tech

Similar to our hackathon, the objective of the student club Business Meets Tech – Tech at WHU is to connect the worlds of tech and business.

Additionally to our hackathon we help with organizing courses at our university to teach business people some things about Web Development and Coding as well as supporting the digitalization of our university with products for a better organization.

Find out more about BMT

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is the #1 German Business School for degree programs. Accredited by EQUIS, AACSB, and FIBAA, WHU offers academic programs as well as continuing education for executives, following four core values: community, cosmopoliteness, entrepreneurship, and excellence.

Find out more about WHU