8 - 10 April 2016 in Tampere
Tampere 8 - 10 April 2017

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, organised its first hackathon CargoHack on 8-10 April 2016 at its Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland. The event brought together about 100 participants from all around the world, including 57 hackers that formed 16 teams to solve the challenges that the terminals are facing today.

"CargoHack was a great success in many aspects. We received more than 100 applications and had to widen the event scope already at an early stage. We selected 16 teams to join in and gave them challenges covering areas like visualisation of terminal operations, use of mobile technologies, safety, and improving efficiency of the wider value chain around cargo handling," says Tommi Pettersson, Vice President, Automation at Kalmar.

The participants had access to the latest technology and equipment in the port industry, including world's largest automation test field with unmanned machines and drones, Kalmar's Virtual Lab, Application Program Interfaces (APIs), sensors and big data from terminal environment. In addition, experts from Kalmar and Tieto Corporation served as mentors for the teams during the entire event.

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"At Kalmar, we see using the hackathon model as a logical extension of our new strategy. Our plan to increase focus on digital innovation isn't just about making the most of new technologies - it's about changing our culture and working practices, and changing the way we co-create with other software companies, startups and universities, too.

Event will be organized at Kalmar Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland. There we have, the world's largest terminal automation test site. Consisting of six laboratories spread over five hectares, the centre allows our engineers and software developers to create and test end-to-end automation solutions on a never-before-seen scale.

Now, as the next step in implementing our strategy, we're about to open the doors of the test site and organise our first-ever hackathon."

- Lasse Eriksson, Vice President, Digitalisation, Cargotec.

Cargotec logo   Kalmar logo   Tieto logo

Challenges and prizes
Challenges and prizes


First prize: 3000€ for the winning team

Post-event project: One of the best teams will be offered a possibility to start a further concept development project immediately after the event.

Tieto IoT prize: Apple watches for the team using IoT techonology in a most innovative way


Visualisation of terminal operations

Develop new concepts for visualisation of data obtained from machines, cameras, sensors, etc. For example, develop interfaces enhancing the situational awareness of terminal or dashboards illustrating operations’ KPIs and analytics results. You may also utilise Virtual Environments Lab and visualisation models of test field and container handling machines to enhance the visualisation. Combine visualisation models with data from the test field. Create new (virtual reality) visualisation concepts.

Terminal mobile apps

Develop mobile apps on iOS or Android to provide real-time visibility to terminal operations and machine maintenance needs to better serve customers’ management, machine operators as well as field service.
Utilise the data available from the machines to e.g. visualise KPIs and diagnostics information. Consider how the app could further digitalise and improve the operations or maintenance terminal.


Utilise the sensor data and cameras to enhance operational safety in the terminal. There is no room for accidents, i.e. machines must not collide with each other, with the infrastructure or with humans. Create and demonstrate new concepts that enhance safety.

Data-intensive solutions

Inspire us with novel ways of utilising the terminal data and considering the entire value chain around terminal operations. You may also focus on concepts related to new service opportunities. For example combine the terminal data with open and public data, mobile phone location data or additional sensors to create new value-adding services. You may also focus on analytics empowered value creation or solving challenges related to data processing in analytics, such as automated data quality validation, sensor fault identification, and efficient ways to handle and combine time serie sand event data in analytics.

Technology and facilities
Challenge 2

Participants will get access to the latest and coolest technology in container handling, including a fully automated shuttle carrier, as well as to the state-of-the-art IoT technology. Come and get the best out of the possibilities and create a winning solution! CargoHack mentors will be available to support and guide you to make your concept a success. The following facilities, equipment, data and APIs will be provided during the event, to support the development of new innovative product, service and design concepts:

Facilities and equipment

  • State-of-the-art premises, including comfortable co-creation spaces in the Kalmar office building
  • World’s largest container handling automation test site
  • Kalmar’s Virtual lab
  • Kalmar AutoShuttle™ and Straddle Carrier to be used as demo machines 

APIs and sensors

  • Terminal Logistics System (TLS) with selected open APIs to access real-time data from the shuttle carriers
  • Real-time video streams from the test site
  • A drone with real-time video streaming capability
  • Positioning system for tracking people and machines
  • Sensors for measuring the environmental conditions
  • Flic wireless smart buttons
  • API for weather data
  • Operator’s ”mood” recognition sensor

Data and tools

  • A big data set for analytics
  • Virtual models of the test site and the shuttle carrier in Unity game environment
  • Two Oculus Rift DK2 development kits and an active stereo projector (Optoma) with shutter glasses
  • Opportunity for the teams to bring their own gadgets and possibility to use any open and public data
  • Tieto Connect IoT platform and analytics toolkit available for the teams

In addition, mentoring and coaching by Kalmar and Tieto staffs for the teams throughout the weekend.

The digital storm - Driver for industrial transformation

It’s no longer a question of what technology can do for us, but also what should we allow technology to do,” Nicklas Bergman.

Industry leaders, future influencers and top speakers gather together to discuss and challenge the current business norms when facing the new digital era 8 April 2016 09:00-12:30EET at Kalmar office in Tampere. Registration for the seminar is closed.

How to be prepared for the inevitable?
Taneli Tikka

Taneli Tikka, Head of Industrial Internet start-up, Tieto, will describe what digitalisation means in industrial context and how it shapes the industries. It’s no longer a question if we should take a step into digitalisation. Digitalisation is here. How to transform your business to stay competitive and leader in the changing landscape? How to build ecosystems and be as agile as a start-ups?

Intelligent cargo handling - a huge efficiency improvement opportunity

Mika Vehviläinen, CEO at Cargotec, explains how Cargotec is responding to the inevitable and how Cargotec transforms to take the leading position in intelligent cargo handling. The rules of the game are changing, how are we changing?

The future is not what it used to be - what to expect?

Nicklas Bergman, Entrepreneur, Technology investor and Futurist, acts as a guide to combine future business and technology. How future and technological development will affect us as individuals, corporations and society as a whole?

Seminar ends with a panel discussion, hosted by Soili Mäkinen, CIO at Cargotec, around the transformation. Panelists: Taneli Tikka,Tieto; Mika Vehviläinen, Cargotec; Jukka Lindström, Cargotec; Nicklas Bergman; Tommi Pettersson, Kalmar.

Seminar speakers and panelists:

Taneli Tikka

Taneli is  a serial entrepreneur who has worked in several start-up firms and listed companies and has been widely recognised for his expertise in finance and information technology. Currently he serves as the Head of Industrial Internet at Tieto Corporation. As a board director or advisor he has worked with more than 30 companies, including MTV3 media group, Kemppi, Stardoll, Applifier (Everyplay), Web of Trust, Umbra Software, BrandMNGR, Netcycler (, Transfluent, Solu Machines, FoilChat and PackageMedia. @tanelitikka

Nicklas Bergman

Serial entrepreneur, Technology investor, Futurism Researcher, speaker and writer. Nicklas has for more than 20 years worked as a serial entrepreneur, technology investor and futurist focusing mostly on investments and business development in emerging markets, web services, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art, currently through roughly 20 direct and indirect technology investments. He is the co-founder and largest investor in several companies. Nicklas is also Scandinavian advisor to the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC, to understand where we are heading, and if society will be able to handle the upcoming technology revolution. @ncklsbrgmn 

Mika Vehviläinen

Mika Vehviläinen (M.Sc. , Econ.) is the CEO of Cargotec. Previously he was the President and CEO of Finnair Plc. Mika has held several senior leadership positions at Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks in Europe, Asia and the United States. He has strong experience in sales, marketing, strategic leadership and business development. Mika holds also position as Vice Chairman of the Board at Elisa Corporation. @MikaVehvilainen

Jukka Lindström

Jukka Lindström (M.Sc. , Computer Science) is the Vice President, Digital Transformation at Cargotec. He has over  10 years’ experience as a change catalyst, coach and a leader in transformations towards business and development agility. @jukka_lindstrom

Tommi Pettersson

Tommi Pettersson (M.Sc. , Eng.), is the Vice President  Automation at Kalmar. He has strong experience in software and hardware development, automation project management and project sales as well as related business model development.

Soili Mäkinen

Soili Mäkinen (M.Sc. , Econ.)is the Chief Information Officer of Cargotec and member of the Extended Executive Board. She has been working at Cargotec since 1993. Soili has strong experience in developing and implementing global IM strategies, business support systems in a global environment. Soili is also member of Board of Directors at Enfo. @SoiliMakinen

Hackathon agenda

Kalmar CargoHack begins with an open invitation seminar on Friday morning at 9:00 and the hackathon begins with a lunch at 12:30 on Friday. The demo session will be held on Sunday afternoon and followed by an award ceremony and event closing at 6pm. Below you can find the overview of the hackathon agenda: 

Friday 8 April

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Welcome
14:30 Onsite introduction tour
16:00 Hacking and mentoring
19:00 Dinner & networking (+ sauna available)
22:30 End of day 1

Saturday 9 April

9:00 Day 2 begins
9:30  Hacking and mentoring
17:00 Mid-Pitch
21:00 End of Day 2

Sunday 10 April

9:00 Day 3 begins
9:30 Hacking and mentoring
15:00 Idea pitching and demo session
17:00 Award ceremony
18:00 End of event


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Event place

Kalmar Technology and Compatence Center, Tampere
Ruskontie 55, Tampere, Finland

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