December 8-10 of 2017 will see a weekend-long Hackathon in Delft, the Netherlands, sponsored by IKEA. That may sound surprising to some of you who only associate IKEA with its innovative furniture, but in fact, IKEA’s been doing this for awhile. For instance, here’s a few exhibits from the IKEA “DIY TOY” recently:
Wait, so you’re inventing toys? Right before Christmas? That’s kind of like being an elf in Santa’s workshop! How cool is that?
And if anyone doubts IKEA’s claim to be associated with hacking, may we point out the definite source, the Jargon File, and its definition of hacker right on the first line: “Originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe…” Your mind is now blown, please remain seated until the ride has come to a complete stop.
It’s no secret that IKEA has always remained at the forefront of innovation and with the recent rise of Ed-Tech within the workforce, IKEA didn’t take long to get to work on creating these types of solutions to bring their learning and development techniques to the next level. With the help of creative, innovative and entrepreneurial minds, they hope to see ground-breaking technology developed this weekend at the IKODE hackathon.
The Grainy Details
The IKODE Hackathon takes place at:
IKEA Learning Centre
Olof Palmestraat 1, 2616 LN
The event is running from Friday, December 8th, 6:00 PM to Sunday, December 10th, 5:30 PM.
The focus is to develop a new wave of learning and development techniques for IKEA. The people we’d like to call to this include UX/UI designers, Developers, cognitive psychologists, engineers, information architects, marketers, and anybody related around one or more of those fields. They’ll be especially keen to see AWS developers familiar with Amazon Alexa. Available parts on site will include Amazon Alexas, Raspberry Pis, IKEA APIs, and sensor kits.
If we had to guess what types of projects will be developed over the weekend, we’d say something along the lines of personal chatbots, VR, interactive software, mobile apps… but, only time will tell, so be sure to tune into the action by following #IKODE on twitter.
Oh and hey, we can’t mention Alexa hacking without passing this along:
Yes, a Furby with an Alexa brain. Tremble in awe and wonder, mortals! Look how easy that is to build, too. Everybody make these now, they’re the perfect gift!