#FunkeHack 2017 : Meet the winners 🏆

#hackathon #bots #voice #AI #Berlin

At the first hackathon organized with FUNKE Digital, participants were challenged with the topic “Let the machines talk” and had to come up with innovative solutions for using voice devices (you might have heard — or talked to — Alexa and Google home already).

We managed to bring together 70 people from 10 countries for two and a half days. In the last day were presented 14 different products on how to make machines talk. They covered, for example, solutions to help elderly people in case of emergencies, make online payments faster or to set up personal reminders.

Jury duty. Photo: Christian Kielmann

It was not an easy task for the jury to select which teams would receive the prizes. But they made the decision(🎉) and here are the five winners:

“BEST OVERALL” BY FUNKE DIGITAL

Photo: Christian Kielmann

FunQ: Skill to connect Alexa/Google home and journalists. Users questions are forwarded to a newsroom where journalists can provide answers to specific questions that many users might have.

Team: Marina Wolf, Felipe Goyes, Marc-Anton Flohr and Teresa Conrad

DEUTSCHE TELE MEDIEN:“BOT YOUR BUTLER”

Photo: Christian Kielmann

VOICIFY: An automatic Alexa Skill creation with Shopify import aimed at helping small and medium business to make their shops available via voice.

Team: Philipp Römer, Lars Olsson, Alex Swetlow, Jan König

“BEST INNOVATION” by UnitB Consulting

Photo: Christian Kielmann

DYNAMIKE: An “Interactive Radio Play” for kids where listeners can interact with the main character (Mike). The storyline can be influenced by the listeners (giving commands) and by data (e.g. the weather condition of the listeners location).

Team: Benedikt Wenck, Martin Hoffmann, Anna Blume, Abraham Söyler and Daniel Teske

AMAZON ALEXA “VOICE OF THE NEWS/NEWS OF THE VOICE”

Photo: Christian Kielmann

Sam Silverlake: Real estate bot who will help you find an ideal property with a friendly guidance.

Team: Chris Taylor, Darius Laketcenko, Idanesher, Karile Klug, Miroslav Jelaska

BEST USE OF FUNKE CONTENT DISCOVERY API BY FUNKE DIGITAL TV GUIDE

Photo: Christian Kielmann

Mind Funk: Alexa skill that allows users to create their personalized “content feed”.

Team: Alexander Herr, Andreas Ladendor, Peter Marhewka, Konrad Wohlrab, Mathias Rhein, Christian Jacobs, Axel Kannenberg

Looking forward to joining another of our hackathons? We have two coming up November, in Hamburg and Berlin at the dpa news room. Stay tuned.

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