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Fresh ideas and clever minds - Siemens organizes Industrial Security Hackathon in Aachen



Aachen, Germany. The Siemens Industrial Security Hackathon took place in mid-October 2017 at the Cybernetics Lab of the RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen). A total of seven groups from a pool of 31 students from different faculties developed solutions to a range of problems - the best three were awarded prizes. The aim of the hackathon is, on the one hand, to get to know interesting participants and, on the other, to gain fresh ideas and new solutions to the challenges in the sector.


In end-October 2017 Siemens organized the hackathon in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen) at the collaborative partner’s Cybernetics Lab facility. A total of 31 people from tomorrow’s pool of talent were divided into seven groups; they could each choose from five tasks concerning industrial security in the field of digitalization and then applied themselves to working on these from early morning until, in some case, late into the night. Experts from Siemens were on hand to offer guidance and resources to the youngsters. The presentation of results and prize-giving for the best teams took place on Sunday night. The jury consisted of Siemens specialists and professors from Aachen University.


Heads were spinning

The best-placed team was “The Gnu Man Group” who developed an asset information system consisting of network tools and system analysis programs in order to keep equipment up to date using suitable asset management. The second place went to “It helps to think” (“Denken hilft”) who analyzed a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) using data modules. The team used the collected data to develop a probability algorithm which is able to distinguish anomalous behavior in control loops for equipment and processes. The group “The Team” captured third place with a combination of a simple scanner for network analysis with a program for reading PLC data in order to find participants on networks more quickly and to send the information on the participants quickly and efficiently to a database. The hackathon provides an opportunity not only to get to know new talent but also to uncover fresh, new and creative ideas for solutions to current problems in industrial security in the context of digitalization.


When hackers “run a marathon”

The term ‘hackathon’ is a portmanteau word from ‘hack’ and ‘marathon’ and is used to describe a collaborative event for developing software and hardware. The Industrial Security Hackathon took place in Aachen, October 20 to 22, 2017. The event started on Friday with the demonstration of an automation system (a Festo model provided by Customer Services Expert House) followed by an introduction to the tasks for the 31 participating students from various faculties and year groups.




31 students from various faculties dedicated themselves to problems originating in the field of industrial security in digitalization as part of the hackathon organized by Siemens and the University of Aachen.

The venue of the hackathon was the Cybernetics Lab of Aachen University.

Experts from Siemens were on hand to offer guidance and resources to the youngsters in the various tasks.

The students were divided into seven groups and tinkered with their solutions well into the small hours.

On the third day of the hackathon, the seven groups presented their solutions to a jury consisting of university professors and Siemens specialists who picked out the best teams.




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