While many startups and companies provide internal hackathons to develop new products, Immobilienscout24’s accelerator YOU IS NOW invites startups to join and opens its platform to teams during the YOU IS NOW HACK TRIPLE 2014.
The hackathons are divided into three categories: Mobile Touch Points (which already took place from July 18th–20th, Big Data (August 15th–17th), and Empowered Consumers (September 12th–14th).
Over the weekend, teams get access to the facilities and APIs of YOU IS NOW and present their idea in front of a jury. Prizes range from € 5,000 in cash to startup conference tickets, gadgets, and vouchers.
For YOU IS NOW the formats are a great chance to get involved with people and ideas that bring new perspectives from outside to the real estate market.
“left”] The winner of the first competition was an app called “HOMEBOY” that lets users mark the neighborhood they would like to live in while walking through a city. Whenever a new apartment is available in the marked areas, the user receives push notifications. Over the weekend, the team managed to build a beta version and released it in the google play store.
“We were blown away by the quality of the projects that were built in that short period of time. In total five teams pitched their results on Sunday,“ Lennart Henning, Lab Manager at YOU IS NOW, says. “The first three were of such high quality and relevance for our market that we decided to give part of the first prize, a fast track to our next accelerator, to all three.”
Seems like we might see a few of the teams in the next accelerator batch. With Berlin growing and growing, it will also be interesting to see what startups and hackers come up at the Big Data hackathon.
Disclaimer: The author of this article has worked with the team behind Homeboy.