The Technical University of Munich’s Junge Akademie has just finished hosting one of the most exciting tech events of the year with the finale of the “ScienceHack 21 – Season 2” last weekend. After a successful kick-off, student teams started working on their solutions for the different challenges and presented them on Sunday – with a team participating in Altair’s ‘Envision the bike experience of tomorrow’ challenge, taking home 2nd prize! 

TUM Junge Akademie is a scholarship program for talented students from different backgrounds with an enthusiasm for research and teaching. Students from universities around the world are invited to participate in this Science Hackathon and show off their innovation and problem-solving skills.  

Each Science Hack has a unique focus and the event’s challenges are set by industry partners and by Technical University of Munich professors who serve as chairs. This season’s Science Hack focused on encouraging student creativity surrounding Human-Centered Technology, which shifts the attention from traditional product development which was focused purely on technology to the human who is at the center of using the technology. In a nutshell, technological innovation should benefit the lives of people – improving their user experience whilst securing a sustainable future for all of us. 

This is the third time that Altair was very proud to partner with Junge Akademie to propose and present a unique challenge to participating students and make the Science Hack a success!  

The challenge we set to participants this season was called ‘Envision the bike experience of tomorrow’ which encouraged competing student teams to rethink the way in which we go about designing a bicycle.

In recent years bike development focused mainly on purely mechanical or hybrid models utilizing motor support. We wanted to change this and ask students to utilize either existing technologies or those that are emerging on our horizon to envision what a bike ride that puts the human at its center might look like.

We asked teams to put the emphasis on the biker’s health and wellbeing using design approaches like digital twin, system simulation or machine learning etc.

Body sensors could drive the motor support, performance data could be displayed in real time from the cloud – the possibilities are endless! The task was to come up with a development plan that describes the experience from the biker’s perspective without forgetting physical limits and the safety of the rider and others in traffic.  

We saw some very interesting presentations on Sunday, with one of the two teams participating in the Altair’s challenge winning the 2nd prize in this season’s Science Hack competitions. Their solution called “Beesafe” involves a warning ring to be worn by bikers alerting them when the biker approaches a dangerous zone on the road, their video below illustrates the solution very well

Congratulations to all the participants and the winners!

About Rahul Ponginan

Senior Manager - Global Academic Programs
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