ZEISS Hackathon

Bringing Data Science to the Nano Age

Did you know that ZEISS is one of the largest B2B image producers in the world? — That’s a lot of data to work with!

If your weekend plans usually include coding, machine learning, data visualization and lots of coffee, you’ve come to the right place. ZEISS is inviting the ambitious creatives once again to hack data from our core businesses.

Experience ZEISS hardware and the gigs of data from images, simulations and hardware operations. Data experts and machine learning specialists from ZEISS will present real world challenges they are facing. They will provide you with data to explore and utilize it in novel and useful ways. And they will be around to mentor and discuss ideas, code and best practices. Come join us and turn our data into a working prototype for a data product.​

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.

Registration Closed

First Prize

ZEISS invites the winning team to a trip to Semicon West (July 9-11, 2019). Take a deeper look into the nano age of chip manufacturing, experience Bay Area and visit ZEISS and other companies.

Judging Criteria

  • User experience, design and visualization​​
  • Innovativeness and technical perfection​
  • Feasibility and business impact​
  • Presentation style / pitch​

Join Mentoring Sessions to Learn More About

  • Agile software development​
  • UX and UI design
  • Machine learning and deep learning
  • Semiconductor manufacturing and other ZEISS businesses

Experience Various ZEISS Business Areas

  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology​

  • Microscopy​
  • Industrial Metrology​

Impresssions From Past ZEISS Hackathons

Upcoming Hackathons

ZEISS Hackathon Munich
Data Science
8-10. February 2019
Registration Closed

ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners
Kistlerhofstr. 70, Haus 1, 60/160
81379 Munich, Germany

Previous Hackathons

ZEISS Hackathon Munich / Bangalore
VISIONary ideas wanted
19-21. January 2018
See Gallery

ZEISS Hackathon Munich
Optics go Digital
28-30. April 2017
See Gallery

ZEISS Hackathon Jena
Optical Intelligence goes AI
27-29. January 2017


With about 27,000 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 people. We are looking for you!

Job openings worldwide


Friday, February 8, 2019 - Pre-warming
07:00 pm Munich Datageeks Meetup with two talks (each ca. 40 min.), drinks, snacks and networking
10:00 pm Closing doors
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - Main Event Day 1
08:00 am Registration and breakfast
09:00 am Welcome speech, partners introduction
09:30 am Presentation of ZEISS use cases and data sets
10:00 am Team formation
10:30 am ZEISS Workshop
Microscopy Workflows with Apeer
Session Room
11:15 am Partner Workshop
Microsoft Azure
Session Room
12:00 pm Lunch
01:00 pm Hacking begins
all afternoon Mentoring sessions for Agile, UX/UI and Machine Learning
06:30 pm Dinner
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 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



Kistlerhofstr. 70, 4th floor
81379 Munich


Via S-Bahn: Siemenswerke
Via U-Bahn: Aidenbachstraße

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, foods and drinks.

How much does it cost to participate?

Nothing, zilch, nada!

I am a vegetarian, do I have to bring my own food?

No, we'll provide a vegetarian choice for every meal. Some of the food is also lactose-free.

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, data artists, ... 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