droidcon MEC Hackathon

now also REMOTE!

Call for Edge Computing Developers for 5G and Android

Register your team, wait for the registration notifican then you can start working immediately! This is a remote Hackathon meaning you benefit from extra time to develop your prototype. All teams have full access to the servers, technologies and information manuals..

You don’t have to bring your team to Turin!
If your team can’t be present at the Hackathon final days (25-26 November in Turin) you can present your work remotely.

If you need assistance with the technologies you’ll find information, manuals and experts you can contact during the remote Hackathon and on-site at the Hackathon final days (25-26 November in Turin).

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: 15 June
Registration Notification to the teams: 30 June
Hackathon working period: 1 July –>26 November
Prizegiving : 27 November

By signing up to the Hackathon you accept our Rules: https://it.droidcon.com/2020/hackathon-rules/ and you accept the Privacy Policy

Hackathon Webinar

4 June 15:00 (CET)

presenting Edge Computing technologies & the forthcoming Droidcon MEC hackathon


This webinar will present the forthcoming Droidcon MEC hackathon 2020, as a unique opportunity for Applications and Software Developers to get in touch with real Edge Computing technologies and learn about App design at the edge of the network.

For this edition of the Hackathon competition, the organizing committee will offer to applicants the opportunity to choose among F2F and remote participation at the event. In addition, all developers admitted to the competition will be offered in advance a free remote access to MEC servers and technical assistance on application design in Edge Computing environments, for the best preparation to the actual Hackathon day.

At the event, special prizes will be offered to the winners, including the opportunity to test in real 5G urban environments their solutions, in the context of Turin Smart Road project.

Alessandro Breccia

Senior Customer Solution Architect @ Cisco

Senior Customer Solution Architect at Cisco. 20 years experience in TLC industry, working closely with major Italian Service Providers and delivering innovation in networking, DC, SDN, orchestration, mobile and business services. Currently part of Cisco Service Providers CTO Office for South EMEAR leading initiatives around digital transformation and verticals enablement.

Michele Zarri,

Technical Director @ GSMA

Michele Zarri is a technical director in GSMA where he works on advanced technologies and 5G. Michele graduated in telecommunications engineering at University of Pisa (Italy) and completed his studies at King’s College of London (UK). Prior joining the GSMA Michele worked for Deutsche Telekom where he accrued more than 15 years of experience in standardization of mobile technologies. Michele served as chairman of working groups both in 3GPP and GSMA.

Dinyar Dastoor

Director of System and IoT developer tools at Intel Corporation

Dinyar Dastoor is Director of System and IoT developer tools at Intel Corporation. In his current role, he is responsible for developer tools targeting embedded and IOT market segments. Most recently, Dinyar was Vice President and General Manager at Wind River, managing Embedded Operating System platforms & tools business. He has been working in the embedded device technologies for 30+ years, managing various hardware and software product portfolios in various capacities including R&D, sales & marketing, customer support, training and tech publications.

Nicola Farronato

Head of Innovation team Città di Torino.

Startup founder in Italy and Ireland since 2010, with particular focus digital marketing, travel tech, social entrepreneurship. Lecturer in digital transformation and innovation management at ESAM Business School in Paris.

Purvi Thakkar

Product Manager @ OpenNESS

Purvi is responsible for enabling partners and customers to drive scale deployments at the Edge on Intel Architecture using OpenNESS toolkit as an enabler. She is also responsible for the developer outreach program of OpenNESS by enabling different developer segments across the eco-system value chain to build innovative solutions using OpenNESS.

Roberto Procopio

Senior Project Manager at Telecom Italia

Roberto Procopio currently leads a project on Edge Cloud in TIM. He also focused on 5G pre-commercial activities and acceleration plans with trials, technology credibility test and partnership in Italy for 5G early adoption projects. His experience in innovation projects dealing with precommercial solutions spans on various technologies starting from mobile systems, fixed ultra broadband networks and control layer solutions. Roberto has gained experience also in standardization following the design of 3G since the beginning, until the definition of 4G and 5G systems.

Maurizio Florida

Links Foundation

Maurizio Floridia, Researcher in Photonics & Wireless Solutions (PWS) in LINKS Foundation. He is responsible for searching, developing, and testing advanced software technologies in the domain of C-ITS. He is also in charge of developing MEC Location API ETSI standard compliant.

Jacob Smith

Founder @ Packet, an Equinix Company
Jacob is a proven sales executive and entrepreneur, with over 15 years of experience leading global teams. A diverse background in marketing, customer success and enterprise sales have informed his holistic approach to revenue growth. Prior to co-founding Packet with his twin brother Zachary, Jacob built and ran a digital agency focused on luxury brands, served as Development & Marketing director for two nonprofits (Marlboro Music, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society) and was chair of the board at PhillyCar Share.


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 15 June!
    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 30 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 for final days:
    Via Jacopo Durandi, 10, 10144 Torino


    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.



    With the


    TIM and TIM WCAP



    In collaboration


    With the

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