Hackathon 2019

On 13 and 14 June, Tesco colleagues and suppliers from the Czech Republic, India, Poland and the UK came together to compete in the eighth annual Tesco Global Hackathon.

The teams had 24 hours to come up with an innovative technology solution to one of these business challenges:

  • How can we use our customers’ data to serve them better?
  • How can we simplify in-store operations/routines?
  • How can we help our customers be more eco-friendly?
  • How can we optimise our transport either for distribution or for Grocery Home Shopping delivery?
  • Come up with an idea that will save the business over £10m in year one
  • Come up with an idea that will generate over £20m revenue in year one

Jo Hickson, Head of Tesco Labs said: “The Hackathon is a great way for us to pull in brilliant ideas from people across the business. Last year’s winning idea is now being trialled in a store in the Czech Republic and we can’t wait to explore the ideas from this year too.”

Lakshmi Madhavarao, a Software Development Engineer in the Search and Recommendations team said: “I have participated two years in a row and happened to be a finalist both times! More than winning, it is really fun to work with different people on an idea and learn new skills in 24 hours. It is just amazing to see what can be done in such a short period of time.”

This year, two separate judging panels, which included Chief Technology Officer Guus Dekkers, CEO of Tesco Business Services Sumit Mitra and Managing Director in the Czech Republic Patrik Dojčinovič, had the tough task of selecting finalists from Europe and India.

Then on 9 July, the finalists took to the stage again where they pitched to a wider panel of Tesco leaders. The panel in India selected Team Double as their winners, who looked to tackle the challenge of simplifying instore operations with their paper and time saving app for colleagues.

In the UK, the winners, NutriScan took on the challenge of using our customers’ data to serve them better, and developed an app to help customers choose products based on dietary requirements.

Thank you to all competitors and everybody who came to support them during their pitches to the judges. There was a really great atmosphere throughout the event and we can’t wait to see some of the ideas come to fruition over the coming months. Congratulations to our winning teams!

Europe Winner

NutriScan – UK (William Powell, Mohamed Mamdouh, Lakshmi Madhavarao, Tim Volkov, George Sykes)

An application that helps in-store customers make the right choices based on dietary preference and shopping history – the app provides personalised recommendations if the original product selected is not suitable or is out of stock.

Europe Finalists

Tesco Magic – UK (Matt Bennett, Lawrence Rayner, Carl Knibbs, Ross Arnone, Adam Cohen-Rose)

A data visualisation tool that brings customer data to life so they can gain a better insight into their relationship with Tesco.

Wawel Dragons – Poland (Urszula Perry, Michał Nawilny, Michał Podskoczy, Artur Skowroński, Michał Fudała)

A system that enables our customers to choose an eco-friendly delivery option for online shopping or enables an eco-friendly option for Click & Collect customers.

Waste Hunters – Czech Republic (Zuzana Radicova, Milan Zelenka, Ondrej Basler, Jaroslav Havelik, Lukas Duris)

An augmented reality application designed to help reduce food waste by enabling colleagues to quickly and easily identify products that are about to expire.

India Winner

Double – (Suryanarayan Raju, Gopal Krushna Pattanaik, Narendra Allampatti, Archit Saxena)

Save paper and time by using both sides of the shelf-edge label to display the promotion price on one side and standard price on the other side. Store colleagues will be notified via app when and where to flip the label.

India Finalists

mBill (Hanumath Mahankali, Balachandar Ramalingam, Ajith Srinath, Sourabh Joshi, PraveenKumar Patil)

Remove the need for a paper receipt at checkout by providing an option for customers to receive a digital receipt using QR code.

Bugs Slayers (Devika Awasthi, Anurag Mishra, Sreenivas T, Shubham Chaturvedi, Manjunathan Raman)

Providing a braille catalogue of products for visually impaired customers and enabling them to add items to the basket using a mobile barcode scanner.

TechHack (Dheeraj Kysetti, Prashant Pandey, Rupasmite Devi)

Providing a virtual store where customers navigate aisles, click items to find out more and add items to their basket virtually.