Challenge accepted: Black Forest Innovation Hackathon

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The 7th Black Forest Hackathon took place in Offenburg, Germany, on the weekend from October 13th to October 15th, 2023. 80 participants took on the challenge of developing amazing solutions for challenges from regional companies in 48 hours. This year everything revolved around the topic of “Sustainable Technologies”.


The organizer Black Forest Innovation has set itself the goal of promoting technological innovations and sustainability in the Black Forest and the southern Upper Rhine. Due to the regional connection and the fact that it shares this claim of Black Forest Innovation, the Koehler Group supported the hackathon for the first time and defined two challenges as a sponsor.

Koehler supports innovations as a gold sponsor

As a gold sponsor of the Black Forest Hackathon, the Koehler Group was also able to present two challenges to the teams. These two challenges were about “shift work in production”, which fortunately won in the “Best Sustainable” category, and the topic “AI for an internal knowledge platform”.


Philipp Prechtl, Managing Director of Koehler Innovative Solutions, was there himself with a lot of energy and passion: "It's great to see how committed the various teams were to the challenges and what amazing results were delivered. We're already very excited about the hackathon in 2024.” With the new “Koehler Innovative Solutions” division, the Koehler Group is focusing on innovations “from outside” with relevance to the core business areas of paper and energy. This includes, for example, collaborations with startups, but also innovation formats such as hackathons.