PALFINGER invites the innovation community to the largest hackathon in Austria

December 19 2016
The PALFINGER Group is inviting everyone interested in developing innovative ideas to participate in a hackathon for the purpose of expanding PALFINGER’s product and service portfolio by incorporating digital features. The goal of this initiative is to offer PALFINGER’s customers added benefits and efficiency in the use of our products, in keeping with our promise of Lifetime Excellence.

A hackathon (a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon”) describes the joint development of innovative concepts for hardware and software. PALFINGER’s hackathon, which is being organized in cooperation with the Northern European consulting firm Tieto and will take place on 4 and 5 March 2017 at the headquarters of Microsoft Austria, is primarily directed towards university students and technology start-ups as well as, more generally, all interested innovators. PALFINGER and Tieto expect around 100 participants, which would make the event the largest hackathon ever to be held in Austria.

The three winning teams will be awarded prize money of up to EUR 3,000 and will receive an invitation to continue working on the winning concepts together with PALFINGER’s own developers. Full information about this hackathon is available at

PALFINGER’s products and services, as well as large portions of the manufacturing processes, are electronically controlled and monitored, which makes novel business models a reality even today – for PALFINGER, its customers and all users of PALFINGER systems. The aim of the hackathon is to raise customer benefits quickly and systematically through digitalization and create valuable momentum for new perspectives through ideas or solutions devised by external innovators.