ZEISS Computer Vision Hackathon

Reveal the Invisible

ZEISS Computer Vision Hackathon

Where: ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT
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ZEISS Hackathon

Unleash the full potential of hardware

Create solutions that make a difference tomorrow

If your weekend plans usually include tinkering with electronic components, coding or app programming and lots of coffee, you’ve come to the right place. Under the motto “reveal the invisible”, the ZEISS Innovation Hub teams up with KIT and invites the ambitious and creatives to dive into the world of computer vision.

Get ready to revolutionize the world of assistive technology at our ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT hackathon! We're providing you with access to state-of-the-art hardware and real-world data to develop cutting-edge devices. Our data experts and computer vision specialists from ZEISS and KIT's Computer Vision for HCI research group will present you with real-world challenges and opportunities - from virtual try-on of eyeglasses to helping visually impaired persons navigate through a crowded environment.

With our top-of-the-line gear, including microscopes, AI-empowered cameras, VR glasses, and 3D scanners, you'll have everything you need to bring your ideas to life. Plus, our team of mentors will be on hand to discuss ideas, provide guidance, and share the best coding practices. So what are you waiting for? Come join us for 24 hours of intense problem-solving and collaboration and build a working prototype to reveal the invisible. It's time to unleash your inner inventor, have fun and make a difference!

Gear up for a weekend of coding and culinary delights at our hackathon! We've got an amazing selection of food and drinks to keep you fueled and focused throughout the event. But the fun doesn't stop there - join us for our casual pre-coding get-together on Friday evening where you can mingle with your fellow hackers, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and get in the perfect mindset for an epic weekend of innovation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to network, have fun and power up before the real coding begins!

Friday, May 5

Optional Pre-coding get-together

7 p.m.
Networking, drinks, snacks, music, board-games

11 p.m.
Transfer to Karlsruhe
Get some rest before the hacking begins

Saturday, May 6

Main Event Day 1

8 a.m.
Registration and breakfast

9 a.m.
Welcome speech, partners introduction

9:30 a.m.
Presentation of Challenges & available Hardware

10 a.m.
Team formation and ideation

10:30 a.m.
Hacking begins

12 p.m.
Lunch Buffet

1 – 7 p.m.
Mentoring sessions and tech support from our experts

7 p.m.

12 p.m.
Midnight snack

Sunday, May 7

Main Event Day 2

8 a.m.

12 a.m.
Deadline - End of Hacking, Lunch

1 – 3 p.m.

4 p.m.

5 p.m.
Closing Doors

Partners of the Hackathon

  • cv:hci - Computer Vision for HCI Research Group

    cv:hci - Computer Vision for HCI Research Group

    Use Cases, Mentoring, Jury

  • Microsoft


    Cloud, IoT and Technology Partner

  • PlanB. GmbH

    PlanB. GmbH


  • Partner: USB

    Partner: USB

    GigE und 3D Cameras

  • Cyberforum


    Community Partner

  • HS Analysis GmbH Logo

    HS Analysis GmbH

    KI Use Cases

  • ZEISS Vision Care

    ZEISS Vision Care

    Use Cases, Data, Mentoring, Jury


  • We will not provide a sleeping area from Friday to Saturday, but we will offer a free transfer to Karlsruhe (Europaplatz and Karlsruhe Main Station) on Friday night.

    From Saturday night to Sunday night we do! Just bring your sleeping bag and camping mat – unless you love sleeping on the hard floor.

  • Yes, we do. Nice hot water, too.

  • Your computer, power adapter, phone and everything you need for your hygiene. We will provide you with a table, chair, power strip, Wi-Fi, foods and drinks.

  • We are happy to cover the costs of a 2nd class return train ticket up to a total value of € 150.

  • There are scaled cash prizes for the three winning teams:

    • 1st place: € 3,000 plus mentoring by a ZEISS representative
    • 2nd place: € 2,000
    • 3rd place: € 1,000
  • We will provide plenty of vegetarian options for each meal.

  • Yes, there is: #ZEISShack

  • Absolutely! Designers, entrepreneurs, data artists, ... we are looking for you!

  • Nope, you'll meet a lot of like minded people and you can form a team there!

  • We will limit the team size to 5 persons. In our experience, a team size of 3-5 is ideal.

  • Drop us a line. hackathon@zeiss.com

Location & Direction

How to get to ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT

Location Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 6 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen Germany

Previous ZEISS Hackathons

  • Data science

    Data science

    ZEISS Hackathon Munich
    8.-10. February 2019

  • VISIONary ideas wanted

    VISIONary ideas wanted

    ZEISS Hackathon Munich / Bangalore
    19-21. January 2018

  • Optics go Digital

    Optics go Digital

    ZEISS Hackathon Munich
    28-30. April 2017

  • Optical Intelligence goes AI

    Optical Intelligence goes AI

    ZEISS Hackathon Jena
    27-29. January 2017


ZEISS stands for one thing more than anything else: innovation. That's because in a constantly changing world, society's needs also change. The goal is therefore to develop solutions that offer added value, bring benefits - and go beyond the ordinary.