Through our open innovation platform, Holcim MAQER, we invited the world’s most talented tech minds to participate in our sustainability challenge at HackZurich, Europe’s largest hackathon. The theme was ‘Combating Chaos at Construction Sites.’ Hackers were invited to use data collected from over 60,000 construction sites through ConcreteDirect and Struxhub, two of our smartphone customer apps. Over 48 hours, Hackathon participants worked in teams to develop prototypes that could help alleviate construction ‘chaos’ – noise, pollution and waste – to support Holcim’s mission to build progress for people and the planet.
The winning team, composed mostly of students attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich), built a prototype that automatically resells leftover construction materials via a digital marketplace. The platform not only enables individuals and companies to pick up building materials from larger construction sites, the dynamic pricing policy also incentivizes sales from smaller, nearby sites, minimizing carbon emissions from transportation.