From April 5-7, 2018, EYA conducted a Social VR Hackathon in Salzburg in coooperation with the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (FH Salzburg) for the second time and made 90 students from MultiMediaTechnology, Design and Product Management, Social Work, Business Management and everyone interested in coding work together.

Participants had 48 hours to plan, design and create prototypes of smart digital solutions for societal challenges together.

The theme: Digital and Tangible Projects in Social Space!
The participating students studying Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg thought about different challenges in today’s society before the Hackathon and elaborated them. These specific topics were the initial starting points and the basis for the developed prototypes. You can read about them here.

The tech focus was on Virtual Reality (VR) and 360°.

International Guest-Coaches from various countries were available for the participants on Friday. They gave feedback and enriched the ideas with their expertise and experience.

The awesome prizes awaiting the winners included concert tickets, various vouchers and (for the best VR team) the chance to go to the Final Championship of the VR Global Hackathon in China and (for the best mobile App team) a seat reserved at the mYouth Continental App Camp in Salzburg!

Check all the pictures of this year’s Social Hackathon in Salzburg on our Facebook page!

Developed Projects

Project NameMoral Journey

ProducersArnold Holler, Nico Pfeifenberger, Manuel Augustin, Selina Brunner, Slavko Ivanovic, Katrin Mair, Pere Marin

Platform: Desktop / VR

A 3D Unity / VR game about making moral decisions in everyday life with the goal of giving the players a better perspective of their own reality and improve moral competence in teenagers.

Project Name: helpUhelp

Producers: Anna Fellner, Birgit Ramsauer, Christoph Mayr, Roland Mayer, Florian Neumayr, Fernando Zarco

PlatformWeb + mobile application

helpUhelp addresses two volunteer issues. On the one hand, the recruiting of volunteers is difficult because of the lack of information about volunteering opportunities. On the other hand, the coordination and communication at the interface between volunteering and professional activity is not efficient. helpUhelp is a tool that provides an easy and quick solution to both problems. Interested people receive the needed information quick and easy. The coordination between professionals and volunteers will be more efficient.

Project Name: LAMA

Producers: Rosanna Haider, Azra Hamzic, Moritz Lang, David Lechner, Eliska Otevrelova, Andreas Sperr, Jana Renée Thomas, Franziska Weber, Daniel Witek

Platform: Website, Unit

LAMA is a website which should provide an easily accessible platform for preventive health examinations. Due to the stress and the fast pace of life the topic of health is often overlooked, particularly the topic of preventive health measures. By sharing age and sex information with LAMA, the service informs you about which doctors you should see in what frequency, which examinations are necessary and whether the costs are covered by your insurance.

Project NameSmart Guard

ProducersAhd Zlikha, Julia Färbert, Sander  Steinbusch, Emily Karisch, Yaiza Panizo, Larissa Fuchs

Platform: Mobile Application & Smart Wearable

Smart Guard helps people are at risk in emergency cases. With the help of the Smart Buddy wearable it studies your health situation and your average heartbeat, analyzes the noises surrounding you (silence, screaming, bombs, and others), your movements and your location. Combined with other factors like the current daytime, data about dangerous and unsafe areas an intelligent machine learning based algorithm can analyze these inputs and decide if you are in danger or in unsafe situations and categorize them. If something happens, it sends an auto-alarm for the current situation to contacts of your choice or to emergency services (police/ER).

Project Name: Walk in your shoes

ProducersDavid Cukrowicz, Gabriel Koidl, Birgit Schönauer, Tamara Toker, Felicia Pfurtscheller, Sandra Rettenegger, Desiree Gärtner

Platform: Virtual Reality Experience (Game)

A game creating awareness of the affection of poverty on youth in Austria. The users find themselves in the shoes of a teenager. This teenager is confronted with several choices in which he/she realizes how poverty influences everyday-life. Since every fifth Austrian is affected by poverty, this is an important topic to be communicated.

Project Name: Passion Pursuit

Producers: Alexander Tischhart, Gouhar Ali, Isabella Sperr, Melanie Reisenbichler

Platform: mobile app, website

PassionPursuit is a VR game that helps teenager reflect on their skills and interests in order to choose the right occupation. Moreover, there is a corresponding Website where users can see their results from thegame. They can choose from suggested occupations and fields of study, but also learn about companies where they could work.

Project Name: MoveMe

ProducersBarbara Holoubek, Nina Riedlsperger, Eva Bajkova, Marcel Kießlich, Daniel Wiendl, Paula Godoy, Maria Tarn, Andrés Llorca, Mária Carnogurská

Platform: Mobile App

One of nowadays major problems is the lack of mobility for people with disabilities, caused by the misconnection on barrier-free transport. Meeting up with friends or even visiting a doctor can imply big problems. But not only people with disabilities are affected with this, also people with prams, schoolchildren dependent on public transport or the elder generation which probably isn’t that good on foot anymore.

Our application should help people with disabilities to get along their ways. We developed a map which shows the easiest way to reach their desired destination. The foundation stone is based on open street view and google maps. The App has the opportunities to choose very easily with international icons. Included is a “go home” button. Further it will be possible to sign in to exchange with other persons who are online for “journey-sharing”.

Project Name: Echo

Producers: Denise Buder, Marion Menzl, Martina Neureiter, Alexander Hämmerle, Stefanie Hillebrand, Christine Hamerik-Wagner, Susanne Hummel-Lisch

Platform: Mobile Application for children, web interface for Admins (Social Workers, Supervisor, …)

This app should support children and teenagers aged 10 to 16 years to socialize in school, help each other and work together.  Echo contains an anonymous chat function where the children can talk about their interests, problems and feelings. Others can comment on those topics and a supervisor/mod is watching the discussions and is able to delete any inappropriate messages (mobbing, cursing, …). The access to the app is limited and only students can use it. Another feature is the blog that contains posts of people who suffered from mental disorders and tell the children how they managed to live with them or recovered. This is supposed to help the affected children and give them hope. The last feature is a game where the children have to work together to achieve a collective goal.

In a separate area, the admins and social workers can manage the content.

Project Name: Give n Give

ProducerDiana Siegertsleithner, Nina Pal, Christina Reiter, Michael Schwaiger, Philipp Sigl,
Anna Kutschka, Nicola Ritter, Ellina Volkova, Lukas Seiwald

Platform: Mobile App

A Social Network where users can help each other on all kinds of tasks: Chores, Grocery
Shopping, Studying etc. Users earn Karma Points on completing tasks, which are converted to real life money, which is used for charitable causes.

Project Name: JOBme

ProducersWolfgang Hausch, Maria Sewald, Emad Abaskhairoun Fawzi, Anna Braunegger, Lukas Gruber, Lukas Kern, Richard Mahlmann, Anneli Eddy, Stefan Elsenhuber

Platform: Website

JOBme is a website that will help teenagers to choose the desired occupations. Furthermore, based on a selection of interests, hobbies, and others day-to-day activities, the program will provide a list of suitable occupations tailored to the personality of the teenagers.

In addition, the website offers the opportunity to receive more comprehensive information on the proposed professions. As a result, potential employers can present their company via video or 360 ° videos.

Project Name: Mobi Dic

ProducerMarco Ebner, Peter Wimmer, Alina Fröhlich, Paul Laireiter,Philipp Hamerle, Lena Zach, Michael Etschbacher

Platform: Mobile App

MobiDic is a voice-driven app making documentation much easier in social organizations. Documentation is one of the most important things in social organizations and their clients (how they improve, where their problems lie). With Mobi Dic social workers could provide quality documentation and save a lot of time: generally a working day implies at least 2 hours of writing. This APP could improve the daily work of social workers and social organization, granting more mobility, more quality and saving time.

Online & Onsite Coaches

Smart people from Salzburg and all around the globe agreed to mentor the engaged participants of the Social VR Hackathon in Salzburg! Here you can find out more about these great people who shared their experience and knowledge:

Natasa Deutinger
Head of FHStartup Center Salzburg

Radomir Dinic
Junior Lecturer | MultiMediaTechnology

Isaya Yunge
Founder, Chief Executive | Somaapps Technologies

Laura Ackermann
Researcher and Lecturer | Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Luna Carmona
Marketing Officer | Achieve More Scotland
United Kingdom

Hannes Jung
Head of Mobile Development | LOOP

Khaled Jemni
Modern Apps Consultant | Microsoft Tunisia

Alexander Kunert
Project coordinator, iOS Developer | Agentur LOOP New Media GmbH

Abdul Rahman AlAshraf
Founder | FreeCom

Shwetal Shah
International Technology Partnerships Planner | MediaCom Global
United Kingdom/India

Tom Roberts
Founder and CEO | Truckit Truck Solutions Limited

Daniela Molzbichler
Senior Lecturer and Department Head of Politics, Law & Society | Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Susanne Vogel
Researcher and Lecturer | Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Komal Dadlani
CEO/Co-Founder | Lab4U

Ella Leung
Business Development Manager | Crossover International Co. Ltd.

Wolfgang Irlinger
Senior Lecturer | Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Katrin Rossmann
Senior Lecturer and Department Head at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Petra Meyer
Senior Lecturer on Emotional Intelligence, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

George Malekkos
Software Innovation Architect & CEO | Powersoft

Achraf Jemni
President & co-founder | Innovation Hub Tunisia

Florian Jindra
Junior Lecturer at Salzburg University of Applied Science

Brigitte Jellinek
Senior lecturer and Department Head at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Martin Irungu
Co-Founder and Executive Director | EmpServe Kenya

Josiah Eyison
CEO & Co-Founder | iSpace Foundation

Ljubica Drača
Court interpreter and translator & private language tutor


Who selected the best ideas and prototypes? Who were the smart brains dedicating their expertise and experience to guarantee a fair and profound decision? We proudly present the outstanding personalities that made up the Social Hackathon VR Jury Salzburg!

Thomas Blaschke
Professor | University of Salzburg

Clemens Usner
Usner Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Börge Kummert
Professor | Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft GmbH

Walter J. Knoglinger
Teamlead | Youthplatform of Salzburg's Federal State

Gabriele Rechberger

Andreas Forgacs
CEO | ContentLeads OG

Simon Kranzer
Researcher and Lecturer | University of Applied Sciences Salzburg

Carla Berlepp
Trainer | Startup Salzburg

Franz Fuchs-Weikl
Referent | Salzburg Chamber of Labour

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