ZEISS Hackathon Munich

Optics Go Digital

Seize the opportunity to kick-start the field of optics in the digital world!

At the end of April, nerds, geeks, hackers, script-kiddies and cyberpunks of all sorts will meet for the second ever ZEISS hackathon in Munich where they will receive the chance to unleash their creativity utilizing world class hardware from an optics industry giant to turn ideas into working solutions or products.

If you are into gadgets and love code this is the event to be. Take your smarts and skills to the test and come up with something truly amazing within 24 hours. New ways of capturing high resolution photos, finding patterns in images, bridging worlds with immersive VR/AR applications or something completely off the map that no-one ever imagined.

Hardware you can hack on:

We won’t just give you exciting hardware to tinker with. ZEISS will make you feel right at home at its brand new Munich office. We’ll take excellent care of your nutritional needs. There’ll be a variety of drinks and foods and even your late night cravings will be covered. The top three teams will also receive exciting prizes for their efforts.

Are you ready to step up to this challenge, then sign up now.

Upcoming Hackathons

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Previous Hackathons

ZEISS Hackathon Munich
Optics go Digital
28-30. April
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ZEISS Hackathon Jena
Optical Intelligence goes AI
27-29. January 2017


With about 25,000 employees, ZEISS is one of the global leaders in the optical and optoelectronic industries and has been contributing to technological progress for over 170 years. ZEISS develops and distributes lithography optics, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology.

Jobs at ZEISS

Innovative products can only be developed and produced with highly qualified and motivated staff. We are looking for you!

Job openings worldwide


Friday 28.04 (Pre-warming)
07:00 pm Meet and greet with drinks, snacks, networking and team building
09:00 pm Closing doors
Saturday 29.04 - Main Event Day 1
08:00 am Registration and breakfast
10:00 am Welcome speech, partners introduction
11:00 am Team building
12:00 pm Lunch
01:00 pm Hacking begins
01:15 pm ZEISS Workshop
Session Room
02:00 pm Partner Workshop 1
Microsoft IoT
Session Room
03:00 pm Partner Workshop 2
Microsoft Cognitive Services
Session Room
04:00 pm Partner Workshop 3
Bosch Software Innovations Presentation
Session Room
05:00 pm Partner Workshop 4
Microsoft Azure Overview + Hosting
Session Room
06:00 pm Dinner
11:00 pm Midnight Surprise (2 hours)
Sunday 30.04 - Main Event Day 2
08:00 am Breakfast
01:00 pm Deadline, Lunch
02:00 pm Presentations
04:00 pm Awards
04:30 pm Drinks
05:00 pm Closing doors


Winning criteria
UI & UX Technology Stack & Innovativeness
Feasibility Presentation & Pitch


Kistlerhofstr. 70, 4th floor
81379 Munich


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Do you provide a sleeping area?

Yes, we do! Just grab a beanbag chair or bring your sleeping bag — unless you love sleeping on the hard floor.
Please keep in mind, that the sleeping area is only available from Saturday to Sunday.

What do I need to bring?

Your computer, power adapter, phone and everything you need for your hygiene. We will provide you with a table, chair, power strip, Wi-Fi, hardware you can use, foods and drinks.

How much does it cost to participate?

Nothing, zilch, nada!

Is there an official twitter hashtag?

Yes, there is: #ZEISShack

I'm not a developer, does it makes sense to come?

Yes of course! Designers, entrepreneurs, hardware hackers, ... we are looking for you!

Do I have to come with a team?

Nope, you'll meet a lot of like minded people and you can form a team there!


Drop us a line. hackathon@zeiss.com