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DABBEL won the 2nd Price of the Drees & Sommer Hackathon in Stuttgart

October 13, 2019

DABBEL was once again able to beat a large number of competitors to win the 2nd price, this time at a Hackathon organised by Drees & Sommer, an international real estate consulting firm.

But what exactly is a Hackathon?

The idea of a Hackathon is to collaborate in teams developing soft- or hardware solutions.
Thus, we sent our 3 ambitious developers Javi, Pablo and Dimitry to Drees & Sommers in Stuttgart. Here, the aim was to jointly produce useful and creative software to provide solutions in the field of “Emotional Building”. The topic was announced at the beginning of the event and the teams are completely free for their interpretation of it. As the duration of the event was only 2 and a half days, our developers only got a few hours of a sleep and a lot more work, instead.

The idea.

We started the event brainstorming for a couple of hours together with our CEO Abel who participated via video call. Usually, DABBEL is concerned with the question of how to optimally control a Building Management System (BMS). For the topic “Emotional Building”, though, we focussed on the question “what input do we need to control the building in accordance with the user’s feelings to reduce stress and fatigue?”

DABBEL’s creation of an “Emotional Building”

Let’s take a use-case to explain it: Imagine you go to work feeling tired, unmotivated and there is a big deadline due on this day. This is where our solution comes in: The user activates our creation and receives everything he or she needs to feel fit, sharp and prepared for the day. The concept uses a smart watch to recognise the user’s stress level, sending the data automatically to our BMS, which reacts according to the need of the users in form of soothing scent, calming music, fresh air or a pleasant light.
Drees & Sommer provided us with a dataset which we extended with data of the user’s mood and built an AI-model out of it. This model can not only be used in buildings, but also in cars, airplanes or other spaces with a potentially high stress level.

The concept we developed perfectly fits to DABBEL’s vision of a future where the buildings take care of the people, instead of the people of the building.

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