Global Hackathon 2018

On 12-13 July we welcomed over 500 people – a record-breaking number – from the Czech Republic, India, Poland, Thailand and the UK to compete against one another in the Tesco Global Hackathon 2018.

The teams were given 24 hours to create an innovative technology solution that could revolutionise the future of retail. The teams, many of whom worked through the full 24 hours, produced a wide-range of innovative solutions focusing on improving the customer shopping experience in-store and at home.

Jordan Skinner, Trainee Produce Manager in our Loughborough Extra store said; “I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the Hackathon and have learned a thing or two. It’s been a really great experience and I would recommend taking part in the Hackathon to anybody working in our stores because it enables you to network and work with people who you wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to meet.”

Indy Kaur, Food Researcher at the Food Academy said, “Fabulous experience working with great techies. The event was fun, stressful and challenged me. Yes, I would do it again. Roll on next year!”

Our judging panel, which included Chief Technology Officer Guus Dekkers, CEO of Tesco India Sumit Mitra, and Senior Manager for Technology in Thailand Wiphak Trakanrungsi, listened to the three-minute pitches from each team and selected regional winners to progress to the grand final.

The top three teams in each of Europe, India and Thailand, listed below, then pitched again to the judging panel with the aim of becoming Tesco Hackathon Global Winners for 2018.

After some tough deliberations, the judges decided that Nav AR and their in-store augmented reality solution were worthy winners. Congratulations to all of our finalists who each receive prizes. Nav AR will be able to celebrate their win with a trip to Lisbon in November to attend Web Summit, the world’s largest tech event.

Thanks to everyone who competed and to those who came to watch the pitches. It was fantastic to see teams from so many different disciplines come together to create such innovative solutions in such a short amount of time. Congratulations again to our winners!

See you in 2019!

Europe Top Three

Team: Nav AR
Location: Czech Republic
Hack: AR store navigation solution – allows customers and colleagues to navigate to products using an augmented reality layer

Team: The Checkout Boys
Location: UK
Hack: An innovative in-house build using enterprise APIs and consumer technology to show what the next generation of tills could look like.

Team: Epicureans
Location: UK
Hack: The use of sentiment analysis and natural language processing to derive the intent of customers and drive basket completion through recommendations based on sparse, unstructured or conflicting information.

India Top Three

Team: Tesco Visionaries
Hack: A way to configure nutritional information for health-related shopping decisions.

Team: Grey Matter
Hack: A platform to show heat maps generated through computer vision to detect movement of customers in stores.

Team: Rockers
Hack: The Tesco Shopping Assistant app which is a voice assistant agent connected to our Product API. This can be used by customers through a phone or a self-service kiosk to guide them round a store.

Thailand Top Three

Team: Shopachip
Hack: Aims to connect gamers with Tesco via a platform which allows them to purchase via virtual reality.

Team: Tesco Easy Checkout
Hack: An app that you can link your payment and Clubcard details through. Customers can then scan barcodes in store and leave with a checkoutless experience.

Team: Tech Crusader
Hack: An app to manage in home stock inventory.