A Hackathon? Yes! A Hackathon!
For those of you not familiar with the term Hackathon:
The word “hackathon” is a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon“, where “hack” is used in the sense of exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime. The term seems to have been created independently by both the developers of OpenBSD and the marketing team of Sun; these usages both first happened in 1999
Starting in the mid to late 2000s, hackathons became significantly more widespread, and began to be increasingly viewed by companies and venture capitalists as a way to quickly develop new software technologies, and to locate new areas for innovation and funding.[
Hackathons typically start with one or more presentations about the event, as well as about the specific subject, if any. Then participants suggest ideas and form teams, based on individual interests and skills. Then the main work of the hackathon begins, which can last anywhere from several hours to several days.
Usually it’s computer programmers, but in this case it will be logistics talent, and they will not be programming, but they will develop new solutions and opportunities for existing and future logistical issues. The “Disrupt Logistics Hackathon” is part of eft’s 3PL Summit & Supply Chain Officer Forum, which will take place next week October 10-12 in Venlo, the Netherlands. It will be the European version of the successful hackathon that was held at the US 3PL Summit earlier this year. You can read about the results of the first hackathon here.
“Logistics faces two major challenges right now – innovation, and attracting the best talent. We want Disrupt Logistics to drive the solution to both these challenges forward”, says Haley Garner, Head of Research and Content for eft.
Proud to mentor young talent
There are two reasons I’m very much looking forward to the hackathon. First, I’m very curious about what solutions and propositions today’s young logistics talent will come up with. And second, I’m honored to say, I have been asked by eft to mentor one of the teams of young talent.
Let’s not forget about the conference
But there is much more than just the hackathon. The 3PL Summit is packed with interesting presentations on a broad spectrum of logistics and supply chain subjects. 350+ C-level logistics and supply chain leaders will gather in Venlo to talk about themes like innovation, collaboration and growth.
October 10 will be filled with the Hackathon, and two workshops on logistics and supply chain.
October 11 is the first full conference day. Some highlights from the agenda:
- How to achieve Profitable Growth. The What (Be a First in Class Company) and the How (Personal Excellence Left/Right Brain)! – Thomas Schmitt Member of the Board of Management (Contract Logistics/SCM) Schenker AG
- Digital connectivity – how the next generation of IT integration can deliver a step change in logistics efficiency – Jesper Bennike CEO GateHouse Logistics and Tim Phillips Chief Executive Freightex
- The European Truck Platooning Challenge – Marouschka Booij Strategic Communication Advisor EU Truck Platooning Challenge
- The state of logistics affairs, the changing battlefield and the road ahead for the industry – Stephanie Kearney Senior Vice President Contract Management Kuehne + Nagel
October 11 will the second and final conference day. Some highlights from the agenda:
- Developing a culture of disruption – from the balance sheet to the shop floor – Chris Roe Head of EU Supply Chain Finance Amazon
- The impact of Brexit on logistics – Nick Bailey Managing Consultant Transport Intelligence
- Supply chain strategy mind-mapping – The strategic ascent to competitive advantage – Martijn Lofvers Creating Director and Chief Trend Watcher of Supply Chain Movement Supply Chain Movement
Will I see you there?