19-21. January

Kistlerhofstrasse 70
81379 Munich

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ZEISS Hackathon Munich

VISIONary ideas wanted

If your weekend plans usually include coding, designing, hardware tinkering and energy drinks high in sugar you’ve come to the right place. ZEISS is inviting the unconventional creatives once again to hack one of our core businesses.

Vision is the fabric that ZEISS is made of. You might call it the deuterium that drives our warp engine. Not just in a literal sense. Sure, vision care is one of our core end-consumer markets, but it always took visionary ideas for our businesses to succeed. Think about it, our very first product was all about seeing things that no-one has ever seen before, the microscope. Fast forward to today, ZEISS enables millions of people to go through life with a clear vision.

Everyone’s vision, however, needs to be examined and adjusted from time to time. To see new things, to not lose the edge, to stay on top of the game. That is what we are looking for in January 2018. Come join us in Munich or Bangalore and turn your vision into a functional prototype.

The following hardware will be available to you:

Rest assured, we will also crank up the replicators to serve a variety of liquid and solid nourishments. Especially the food reviews have been overwhelming last time. Rumor has it the word „delicious” was used quite a lot.

So, what’s stopping you? Register now


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 19.01 (Pre-warming, Optional)
07:00 pm Meet and greet with drinks, snacks, networking and team building
09:00 pm Closing doors
Saturday 20.01 - 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
Session Room
03:00 pm Partner Workshop 2
Session Room
04:00 pm Partner Workshop 3
Session Room
05:00 pm Partner Workshop 4
Session Room
06:00 pm Dinner
11:00 pm Midnight Surprise (2 hours)
Sunday 21.01 - 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

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!

Anything else I need to know?

You need to be 18 years or older and you also must agree, that we will take photos and shoot videos of you and your team during the hackathon.


Drop us a line. hackathon@zeiss.com