Introducing our first global student hackathon
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November 8-12, 2021

A recap of our first global student hackathon

Every engineer wants to be a part of creating the next big thing. That’s what TomTom n.EXT is all about.

During our first n.EXT hackathon, students (a.k.a. future, game-changing engineers) applied their theory to create and develop an innovative idea. They did this with a team of classmates and the advice of TomTom mentors from all over the world. The reward? Some awesome prizes, but more on that later.
Want to see what the students got up to? Here’s our recap video to get you hyped for the n.EXT edition of the hackathon.
Want to see what the students got up to?
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Prizes


Here are the prizes awarded to the three teams with the most innovative ideas!
1st
place
A €3,500 cash prize, plus each team member had the choice of Apple or Bose headphones
2nd
place
A €3,000 cash prize, plus each team member received an Oculus Quest 2
3rd
place
A €2,000 cash prize, plus each team member received a Nintendo Switch
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Challenges

To win one of the prizes, students needed to complete one of the following challenges. The overall goal of each? Making drivers’ lives better, easier, and more enjoyable.
How can drivers deliver things, food, and people more efficiently?
Challenge 1

How can drivers deliver things, food, and people more efficiently?


With COVID-19 leading to more deliveries, we’ve seen an increase in road traffic, impacting our climate and quality of life.

In this challenge, students needed to build a driver app that encourages drivers to deliver more efficiently.
How can TomTom help drivers enjoy their time while charging their EV?
Challenge 2

How can TomTom help drivers enjoy their time while charging their EV?


An electric vehicle (EV) can drive between 200-400 kilometers before the battery starts to run low, which may concern drivers. Plus, waiting for an EV to charge isn’t very exciting.

Students had to build a solution that shows where drivers can charge and what activities they could do while waiting.
How can TomTom make group riders’ trips safer and more enjoyable?
Challenge 3

How can TomTom make group riders’ trips safer and more enjoyable?


There are more than 200 million motorcyclists globally, and the number is increasing every year. Many of these motorcyclists want to connect with their traveling group safely.

To complete this challenge, students had to create a solution that combines communication and safety to take the TomTom navigation experience to the next level.
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Agenda

Here’s an overview of what happened over the five-day hackathon.
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November 8, 2021

Bootcamp


During this, students attended talks hosted by TomTom’ers and guest speakers to help prep them for their chosen challenge.
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November 9-11, 2021

Hackathon


This was the time to get hacking! Students grew their idea throughout these three days, based on the challenges we’d set.
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November 12, 2021

Finals


Teams pitched their ideas to the jury, and the jury selected the three most innovative solutions.
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Got any questions? Here’s an FAQ to put your mind at ease.

  • Who can register for TomTom n.EXT? Are there any prerequisites or required skills?

  • Do participants sign up as individuals or as a team?

  • Where will TomTom n.EXT take place?

  • How are teams divided into challenges?

  • How good should my English be?

  • Who owns the rights to my Intellectual Property (IP)?

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TomTom n.EXT is organized alongside some of the top tech universities, who all share our support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality education).
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Dartmouth logo
Warsaw University logo
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Birla Institute logo
Lodz University logo
BITS Pilani logo
IIT Kanpur logo
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IIT Bombay
Dartmouth logo
Warsaw University logo
Codam logo
Birla Institute logo
Lodz University logo
BITS Pilani logo
IIT Kanpur logo
Tech Grounds logo
IIT Bombay
Dartmouth logo
Warsaw University logo
Codam logo
Birla Institute logo
Lodz University logo
BITS Pilani logo
IIT Kanpur logo
Tech Grounds logo
IIT Bombay
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Partner with us

Are you a representative of a tech educational institution? Would you like to partner up for the next edition of TomTom n.EXT? Please reach out to us at next@tomtom.com and we can take it from there.