FUNKE Digital GmbH is looking forward to stage a Hackathon Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th September with the topic AI (Artificial Intelligence), bots, and voice control systems like Alexa or Google Assistant. The event is hosted in cooperation with next media accelerator and Google News Lab.

AI, bots and voice control systems are already present on many devices. Their penetration will rapidly and massive reach out to our daily routine. That’s why we claim that topic and challenge ‚Let the machines talk!‘

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,000 in prizes

Best overall

Most innovative

Best Pitch

FUNKE Digital Trophy „News & Voice“

Therefore we dare for an outstanding idea that solves a use case concerning our news and entertainment contents with voice application.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Isabelle Sonnenfeld

Isabelle Sonnenfeld
Google News Lab

Stephan Thurm

Stephan Thurm
CDO FUNKE Media Group and CEO FUNKE Digital

Annette Milz

Annette Milz
Editor in Chief, Medium Magazin

Dirk Zeiler

Dirk Zeiler
Managing Partner, next media accelerator

Judging Criteria

  • Customers 30%
    Have you spoken to potential customers? What did they say? Is that something they would use? Prove it!
  • Solution 40%
    Explain the solution in a way that really makes us understand what you have built. Show us a demo, prototype, film. If you have a product that you haven't developed yet please explain how this could be technologically possible.
  • Competitors 10%
    Why you are better than your competitors? What do you do that others don't? Prove it!
  • Customer Acquisition 10%
    Where do the customers come from? Show the market possibilities for your product and sow us how you are going to get them to use your product. Tell us how much would cost you to acquire a new use.
  • Next Steps 10%
    If you have the time explain something about your team, your vision and why you need the money of the prize, what are you going to do with it?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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