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From 5–7 May 2017, the first Munich AngelHack took place in the Phoenix Design studio. Besides urban centres like New York City or Hong Kong, Munich is the first of more than 60 stations of this year’s world tour. Some 40 entrepreneurs, developers and designers convened for the Hackathon over the weekend in order to realise their ideas on the topic of SMART HOME. 

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  • 3 - Registration of AngelHack's participants.

    3 - Registration of AngelHack's participants.

    Photo: Mateo Udovicic

  • 2 - Phoenix Design in Munich opens the doors for the hackathon.

    2 - Phoenix Design in Munich opens the doors for the hackathon.

    Photo: Mateo Udovicic

  • 4 - Gisele Ishema-Karekezi, European Regional Manager of AngelHack, welcomes the participants.

    4 - Gisele Ishema-Karekezi, European Regional Manager of AngelHack, welcomes the participants.

    Photo: Mateo Udovicic

  • 1 - The winners of the Smart Water Challenge: Aqua Ninja - a gamification solution to save water playfully.

    1 - The winners of the Smart Water Challenge: Aqua Ninja - a gamification solution to save water playfully.

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  • 5 - Sandra Heinzen, Lead UX/UI Design Munich of Phoenix Design, explains the Smart Water Challenge.

    5 - Sandra Heinzen, Lead UX/UI Design Munich of Phoenix Design, explains the Smart Water Challenge.

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  • 6 - Ideation workshop for the teams to canalize ideas.

    6 - Ideation workshop for the teams to canalize ideas.

    Photo: Phoenix Design

  • 7 - Bernd Eigenstetter, Managing Director (right) and Tom Schönherr, Managing Partner, support as mentors from Phoenix Design.

    7 - Bernd Eigenstetter, Managing Director (right) and Tom Schönherr, Managing Partner, support as mentors from Phoenix Design.

    Photo: Mateo Udovicic

Smart Home is already all around us, it is happening, it is already here. Our lamps adapt to our mood and our daily schedule, we talk to our apartments, we track, we measure, we adjust. All this is controlled via our smartphones, via language interfaces and our fingertips at our wrist.

Phoenix Design condensed this topic into the challenge of “Look at all the ways we use water in our homes. Create a smart solution to improve that use and build an app.” The teams were supported by Gisele Ishema-Karekezi, AngelHack European Regional Manager, and Sandra Heinzen, Lead UX/UI Design Munich, as well as further mentors from Phoenix Design. On Friday (5 May 17), organisers and participants first met up to get to know each other, to form the teams for the next two days, and to answer final questions about the assignment.

On Saturday (6 May 17), the AngelHack officially started, just like in New Delhi, San Francisco and Melbourne on that day. After breakfast taken together, the countdown started at 12 noon: now the seven teams had 24 hours in which to create new products and ideas about the Smart Home.

In an Ideation Workshop, all teams had the opportunity to channel their ideas with Interaction Designer Sandra Heinzen and to delve deeper into the design aspects. They worked until deep into the night, sitting at desks or lounging in beanbags, revitalised by snacks and beverages. 

On Sunday (7 May 17), the teams presented their projects to the panel of six jurors comprising Sandra Heinzen, Lead Designer UX/UI Munich with Phoenix Design, Philipp Janowski, Managing Director with Umwerk, Ricardo Vidal, International AwardedFinTech Influencer & Startup Professional, Johann Romefort, Tech Evangelist with Stylight, Christian Prinz zu Salm-Horstmar, Managing Partner with Santiago, and Galina Bankova, Founder & CEO of Do Work You Love. 

In the end, the team “Aqua Ninja” was able to win the Smart Home Challenge by Phoenix Design. The app bearing the same name is a gaming solution where people can playfully save water when taking a shower in a competitive challenge with the people they share their apartment with. The second winning teams achievement was “Plant Butler” – an intelligent drone which recognises the specific needs of different plants via an AI camera and sensors. All winners received prizes: a hansgrohe Raindance or Croma handheld shower head, and an Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot.

Hosting the AngelHack, Phoenix Design is in line with sponsors like IBM, Amazon, and Hewlett Packard.

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