Digital Cities: Harnessing the power of IoT

Siemens presents Digifest 2018, exploring the power of data in digitalizing our cities. Bringing together industry experts from Dell EMC, Microsoft, AWS and GovTech, developers and data geeks, the three day event will kick start with Day1 where we will explore the theme of Digital Cities through an innovative schedule of keynotes, tech talks, workshops and networking opportunities, presented by experts and peers from the IoT sector.

Later, teams come together to take part in a 48-hour hackathon. Great industrial applications will pop up by the innovative participants. Besides providing company experts as mentors to the teams, attractive prizes are up for grabs for all participants.

Siemens Digifest aims to inform, inspire and prepare you for the digital revolution of smart cities!



March 14th :

8:45am - 9:20am : Registration

9:20am - 9:45am : Opening Keynote "Digital Cities: Harnessing the power of IoT" by Steffen Endler

9:45am - 10:15am : How Artificial Intelligence will Transform Industry and Infrastructure by Dr.Micheal May, Siemens

10:15am - 10:35am : Interaction/Quiz

10:35am - 11:00am : Tea Break

11:00am - 11:20am : Accelerating Meaningful Transformation by Dionne Ang, Dell

11:20am - 11:40am : Tech Talk by Richard Goh, CTO, Microsoft Singapore

11:40am - 11:50am : Group Photo

11:50am - 1:30pm : Lunch + Networking

1:30pm - 1:50pm : Tech Talk by Donnie Prakoso, AWS

1:50pm - 2:10pm : Make Use of Singapore DataGov by Li Wei Loh, IDA Singapore

2:10pm - 2:30pm : Tech Talk by Michael Frankenberg, CEO HaCon

2:30pm - 2:40pm : Hackathon Briefing

2:40pm - 3:00pm : Tea Break

3:00pm - 4:00pm : Tech talks (3 Break out Sessions From Dell, Microsoft, AWS)

  • Envisioning a Better World – Facial Recognition & Big Data Innovation Case Study by Aruna Kolluru
  • Microsoft's Approach to IoT by Jonathan
  • AWS Platform Demonstration by Donnie Prakoso

4:00pm - 4:30pm : Dataset distributions for Hackathon

4:30pm - 7:00pm : Networking & Drinks


March 15th:



March 16th: 

 Till 1pm:  Hackathon

 1:00pm - 2:00pm : Presentation Preparation

 2:00pm - 3:30pm : Presentation

 3:30pm - 4:00pm : Prize Distribution

Speakers List:


Mr. Steffen Endler, SVP & Head of Siemens Digitalization Hub, Singapore

Steffen’s focus is on building the Siemens Digitalization Hub in Singapore that will combine within one digital ecosystem, customer specific engineering domain and digital know-how. The Digitalization Hub focuses on Siemens key drivers such as intelligent infrastructure, sustainable energy and the future of manufacturing and helps companies transform their business and take the leap into the digital age.
Steffen has more than 17 years of experience in strategy as well as business effectiveness and fosters a keen interest for cutting-edge multimedia showcases.

Opening Keynote "Digital Cities: Harnessing the power of IoT"
Flexible eMobility, sustainable buildings, efficient inner-urban logistics, demand-responsive public services: the requirements for modern and sustainable infrastructure are growing. Digitalization enables the implementation of innovative solutions that make urban areas better places to live. A growing range of technologies is steadily transforming cities into always connected “open-air computers.” Hear from Steffen as he shares how digitalization is expanding the potential of infrastructure worldwide and how Siemens’ innovative data-driven solutions are helping to shape digital cities.



Dr. Michael May, Head of Company Core Technology Data Analytics & AI, Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich Germay.

Michael May is responsible for twelve research groups in Europe, US, and Asia. The technology field is driving research in data analytics, machine learning and AI within Siemens.

Abstract: How Artificial Intelligence will Transform Industry and Infrastructure
Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence are among the main drivers for digitalization, and we begin to see the impact in use cases across many of the Siemens’ divisions. In this context a number of Siemens-wide initiatives and projects on Data Analytics and AI have been recently started. In this talk he gives an overview on the Siemens AI & Analytics landscape and explain how the different threads play together to realize Industrial Machine Intelligence within Siemens.



Dionne Ang, Portfolio Messaging Director, APJ, DELL EMC

With 12 years of experience in platform and application go to market as well as cloud native technologies, Dionne’s focus is on bringing the Dell Technologies message of Digital, IT, Security and Workforce Transformation to partners and business leaders. As a subject matter speaker and discussion leader at Dell EMC Forum, Dell Technologies World, various executive briefings and regional industry and analyst events, Dionne evangelizes and conducts workshops on the process of transformation and innovation choices to help clarify and achieve business goals and outcomes amidst disruption.

Abstract: Accelerating Meaningful Transformation
We live, work and collaborate in a world of constant flux and disruption. Discover how Dell EMC have harnessed the latest innovations in open source code and cloud platforms to create impactful changes that address social and business challenges to bring about positive outcomes for communities. Discover the latest trends and innovation towards IoT and big data across use cases in multiple verticals. 



Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore

Richard Koh is the chief technology officer of Microsoft Singapore. In this role, he is responsible for engaging with key executive leaders across government, industry and academia; bringing in the macro technology landscape; and helping customers leverage technology innovations for their digital transformation. His focus areas include guiding technology policies, standards, legal and regulatory matters, as well as security, privacy and compliance decisions.

Abstract: To be added


Michael Frankenberg, CEO, HaCon 

With a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Bonn, Michael Frankenberg (*1970) started his professional career as a software developer and project manager at HaCon in 1996. From 2005 to 2017, he acted as managing director, focusing on HaCon’s international orientation and strategic growth, among other responsibilities. In June 2017, HaCon became a member of the Siemens family and Michael Frankenberg was appointed the company’s CEO. Headquartered in Hanover, Germany, HaCon provides cutting-edge software solutions for public transportation, mobility and logistics. 

Abstract: To be added


Much more speakers and technology talk...


  • Individuals (over 18 years in age);

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,500 in prizes

Dell Gaming Monitor (10)

For First Two Teams

Take away Gift (15)

For the Last Three teams

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

You can only participate as a team of five in the hackathon. 

How can I find a team?
Teams should consist of five members working together on a project. There are three ways to find a team:

  1. In your registration you can let us know about your initial ideas and thoughts for the Hackathon, so we can match you with people with similar ideas.
  2. You can apply as a team.
  3. If you have not found a team before the event, don’t worry, you will easily be able to join a fitting team once you are there. We will be there to help you.

Can I submit a project idea?
Yes, we would love to collect your project ideas before the event, but it’s not mandatory! If you have an idea, write a short description of what you want to do and the expertise you would need from other participants. You will also be updated on the project ideas we have collected, so you can check out what you might be interested in.

What data and tools can I work with?
We will provide some of the essential big data on location. We will also give you an overview of some important online APIs. Apart from that, you are free to use any data or tools you like, even your own.
If you have suggestions about other useful data that should be hosted locally, please let us know!

What should be the outcome of my work?
On March 16 at 14:00, you will present the final product of your work to our jury in a 15-minute pitch. For this, we highly encourage a code-first mindset – so your presentation should emphasize on the software products of your project and keep the slides to minimum. Of course, in the end we will announce a winner, and yes, there will be prizes.

What do I need to bring?
Just bring your laptop and a happy hacking attitude.

What if I’m hungry?
Drinks and food will be provided by us – of course!



The competition is just a part of the hackathon. To make the most out of the event, try something new, teach other people, and make new friends!

Happy Hacking!


Steffen D. Endler

Steffen D. Endler
SVP & Head of Siemens Digitization Hub, Singapore


Head of company core Technology Data Analytics & AI, Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich Germany

More to be added..

More to be added..

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Is your idea unique and inventive? Does it have the “wow” effect? Did you come up with something no one thought being possible in the scope of 48h?
  • User Experience
    How easy is the result to handle? Is the design attractive enough for users to start using the software? How innovative is the user experience?
  • Technology
    Does your idea uses a clever technique to solve a complex problem? Did you use advanced technology?
  • Quality and innovative nature
    Is there a ‘’wow’ factor?
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Presentation
    Was the idea presented clearly? Did you finish the presentation on time? Can you answer questions regarding your idea short and precisely?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?

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