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Participant BENEFITS

START Hack 2021 provides a unique platform where technology meets entrepreneurship. The world of tomorrow needs innovative technical solutions to overcome its numerous challenges. Be a pioneer. Challenge today, code tomorrow.


Measure your skills

Skills (1)

Compete against highly skilled students to secure one of the many attractive prizes offered by our partners.

Start Up


Seize a unique opportunity to create and develop a long-term project thanks to the partnering incubators and accelerators.

Extend your Network

Network (1)

Get to know like-minded students with different backgrounds. Widen your horizons and - who knows - you might find your future co-founder!

Gain Knowledge


Acquire exciting new insights from experts through exciting keynotes, masterclasses and workshops.

Winners 2019


Their idea started with the fact that videos containing fast flickering images such as camera flashes are non-accessible for some people with photosensitive epilepsy. They used machine vision to detect and eliminate sudden contrast changes in videos, caused mainly by camera speed light. Finally, they demoed their technology with a video from Lady Gaga.

“Selective Horizon”

The ETH-team chose the Leica-challenge, using Augmented Reality to detect errors in architectural work. With their project “LAICA” they managed to create a highly technical solution to scan buildings and rooms to accurately detect the fitting of virtually built houses and objects.


Being one of the first HSG-teams to ever win an event prize at START Hack, “Chinchilab” has shown how to use an entrepreneurial and business-driven approach to solve a technological case. Working on Volvo’s Car Sharing App they developed a special pricing model embedded into the App.

Cases 2019


Microsoft challenged the teams to hack a solution leveraging Microsoft AI to solve previously intractable problems and address public and societal challenges, from environmental sustainability to accessibility.

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IoT & AI technologies have a significant impact on our daily life by using connected things and providing us with a seamless integration. In this challenge, Bosch IoT Lab wanted the coders to explore how eHealth approaches can be adapted to mobility services.

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SBB reached out to the teams to eliminate the giant piles of waste made up of disposable coffee cups. They asked for a decentral, digital deposit system for reusable coffee cups that will work at any train station, anytime.

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FLETA invited our participants to build unique, independent technology and business models utilising blockchain technology and let the MVP run on a private FLETA network.

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Inventx set the goal to create a technical solution that allows efficient negotiation of complex contracts, which is trusted independently of country or rules of law. The participants had to cover the high complexity of contract creation and automated contract handling.

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The media face challenges regarding the increasing flow of information: Where does it come from? How and why would you even trust it? SRF challenged the teams to explore what technologies can contribute to verifying sources and counter the problem of fake news.

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Leica Geosystems wanted the teams to build a product for Paul, an architect that creates a comprehensive construction plan in the office and wants to verify his work on site. The goal was to use his plan as an additional layer in a video stream of a moving camera so that Paul can prove his work.

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Volvo and autoSense asked the participants to build microservices to generate images with 3D-object simulating forces impact with given datasets. They had to deploy these microservices on the Swisscom Application Cloud and provide APIs for submitting input data and getting the resulting 3D pictures.

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Volvo and autoSense set the teams in a situation where their flat they’re living in has a car connected to it. The goal was to create an app providing a convenient and hassle-free experience picking up and returning the car. The teams also had to draft and implement a reasonable pricing model.