droidcon MEC Hackathon

25-26 November 2020 

Call for Edge Computing Developers for 5G and Android

Once your team is registered for the Hackathon you can start working immediately! This is an extended Hackathon meaning you benefit from extra time to develop your prototype. All teams have full access to the server, technologies and information manuals.

If you need assistance with the technologies you'll find information manuals at hand, experts you can contact throughout the development phase, and lots of experts and technologists on-site at the Hackathon event 25-26 November in Turin.

You don't have to bring your whole team to Turin! If some of your team can't be present at the Hackathon event 25-26 November they can continue to work remotely and you can send just two members to participate on-site at the event, presentation, judging and prize giving.

Enter your team for this competition today!

You will be asked to develop Android Applications (at terminal side) communicating with MEC Applications, using ETSI MEC technologies.

Submission deadline is 31 May - 15 June notification to participants

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Develop mobile applications for advanced services in MEC-enabled 5G networks

The droidcon MEC Hackathon was a cutting edge competition designed to test your skills and abilities as a Multi-Access Edge Application developer!
Developers also had the chance to gain remote access in advance to real MEC platforms.

droidcon MEC Hackathon 2020
The 5G challenge

MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) can serve many key 5G use cases. Most of them are related to application scenarios specifically targeted to vertical markets of the 5G era. The purpose of this Hackathon is to demonstrate the usage of MEC system as an enabler for different use cases and business objectives, helping all stakeholders to develop a diverse, open MEC ecosystem.

Examples of MEC-enabled vertical segments applications include (but are not limited to) the following big categories of use cases (here called blueprints):

  • automotive
  • factories of the future
  • drones
  • consumer, media and entertainment

Submissions for one of the blueprints are allowed. In addition, as a special prize, for this edition of the Hackathon, developers are encouraged to focus on the automotive domain, in synergy with the Smart Road project (https://www.torinocitylab.com/en/).

Developers’ teams at the Hackathon will be tasked to develop Android applications for services in MEC-enabled networks, running on OpenNESS platform (1) from Intel and using ETSI MEC technologies (2).

Candidate developers’ teams are free to choose a specific challenge/blueprint adhering to the above topics. To inspire ideas, the following use case example is provided (link: here ).

Of course, candidates are encouraged to reuse their existing or past projects with their applications, and apply/adapt to the present challenge. In addition, teams will learn and exploit the ETSI MEC APIs running on the MEC Hosts at the competition (e.g. Location API, … ). (3)

An explanation of the usage of the available Location API (kindly provided by LINKS Foundation) can be founds here

On any of the above use case/blueprint or any problem that you are working on, please take up the challenge (optional) to see how the following can help you (4):

    • Data Parallel C++ or DPC++ cross-architecture language from the oneAPI initiative to create custom accelerators on the FPGA for your kernel algorithm.
    • OpenVINO™ toolkit to accelerate deep learning inference tasks for computer vision applications. The OpenVINO toolkit includes various neural network topologies and enables deep learning inference acceleration.

  1. OpenNESS: the easy button to deploy innovative services at the Edge. OpenNESS is an open source reference toolkit that makes it easy to move applications from the Cloud to the Network and On-Premise Edge. https://www.openness.org/

  2. Please refer also to the ETSI white paper “Developing software for MEC”, available via this link.

  3. For more information on the ETSI MEC standard (including MEC architecture and MEC APIs), you can check the specification tab at this URL.

  4. You can use Intel® oneAPI toolkits and the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit on the Intel® DevCloud to understand what they do and how they can help you.


This report will provide guidance for software developers on how to properly approach architecting and developing applications with components that will run in edge clouds

Team submission guidelines 

  1. Team size: 5 members (maximum)

  2. Submissions should be sent through the application form via the following link https://droidcon-mec-hackathon.eventbrite.it. They should include a description of the idea; the target MEC application; information on any intention to reuse / integrate code from past activities, or other projects / prototypes / products (highly recommended); and a short CV for each team member. Any supporting material (e.g. short video clips) related to the idea is welcome. IMPORTANT: Submissions should clearly state how the team intends to use ETSI MEC APIs (available at https://forge.etsi.org/).
    NOTE: Whilst the use of MEC service APIs is not mandatory, teams are encouraged to utilize them.

  3. Submission due date: Extended to 31 May!
    Submissions will be evaluated by the Droidcon MEC Hackathon Organizing Committee based on various criteria, e.g. relevance to the Call for Developers, assessed relevance of the selected use case, usage of MEC APIs, composition of the team, level of maturity of the project.

  4. Selected teams will be notified by 15 June 2020. Participants selected for the competition will be also admitted to join the Intel® Edge Builders program

  5. Cost: The submission is free of charge, as well as the Hackathon attendance for the selected teams

  6. Venue: Talent Garden Fondazione Agnelli - Via Giuseppe Giacosa 36 - Turin (Italy). Hackathon: from Wed 25 November AM to Thu 26 November PM


    At the end of the competition there will be an awards ceremony, at the main Droidcon conference (on 16 april) with a number of prizes, courtesy of the Organizing Committee:

    • The venue host Synesthesia will provide the winners

      10 free passes for a future Droidcon conference (2020/2021).

    • Intel will offer

      Amazon echo devices to the first 3 teams.

      The developers from the winner team will be eligible to be part of Intel Software Innovator program (https://software.intel.com/en-us/intel-software-innovators) and their project will be eligible to be featured as an Intel Early Innovation Project. This means that the project will be eligible for stipend to produce/present a tutorial/paper on their project, hardware funds for their project, and other start up mentorship program.
    • Special prizes will be offered by the organizing committee in correspondence to particular achievements of the developers teams, for some of the following (optional) challenges: usage of openVINO toolkit, or DPC++ framework.

    All MEC Hackathon participants present in Turin for the two days, will have a free pass for droidcon Italy 2020!

    And will have a great opportunity for networking with the Droidcon conference attendants who represent key stakeholders of the industry from all corners of the world.



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