Over 50 startups register for Skoda Auto DigiLab India’s i-mobilothon

The hackathon challenge saw participants present transforming mobility solutions with Artificial Intelligence

In 2021, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab India devised a hackathon challenge called i-mobilothon. The idea behind it was to accumulate and recognise ‘pioneering concepts relating to Mobility and Information Technology with the potential to shape the future of the Automotive Industry.’ 2022 saw the Czech carmaker subsidiary host the second edition of i-mobilothon, recording over 50 start-up registrations.

The second edition tasked participants to present noteworthy solutions, addressing issues in the digital world and the internet. The hackathon categories comprised four banners: the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility solutions in the Metaverse, transforming mobility solutions with Artificial Intelligence, and holistic sustainability.

Contestants developed and designed prototypes that promote future car connectivity and enhance the customer experience, business digitisation, and pre-sales and post-sales solutions driven by Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, and data analytics. Over 200 registrations were recorded, comprising entries from start-ups and students to internal employees. Dave.ai and Xane.ai bagged the first prize for their Metaverse and Artificial Intelligence concept at the closing ceremony held recently.

Piyush Arora, Managing Director of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd., emphasised, “The Indian automotive and tech ecosystem is truly world-class, and this is what we witnessed at ‘i-mobilothon 2022’. Innovation is central to our business in the VW Group, and the i-mobilothon platform enables us to kindle this spirit and at the same time identify and collaborate on innovative mobility solutions. I congratulate both Dave.ai and Xane.ai for winning with their brilliant concept and all participants for demonstrating exceptional innovation. We look forward to cooperating with them to develop tailor-made digital mobility solutions for our discerning customers in the region. The past thirteen weeks of ‘i-mobilothon 2022’ leading up to the award ceremony today have been an overwhelming and enriching experience.”

The hackathon, a thirteen-week event, went live on 12 September 2022. ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab India, the event organiser, is an innovation hub for Skoda Auto globally with the aim to strengthen its expertise in both innovation and digital development.

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