Hack Soda City

IoT Hackathon

This November - thinkers, creators, academics, designers, and most importantly, DOERS will gather at Capgemini’s Columbia, SC office to bring IoT ideas to life in two days.

The Hack Soda City IoT Hackathon aims to empower those who are eager to learn and are itching to see their ideas implemented to help companies in real life.

We will offer workshops, mentorship, and hardware to bring solutions to life. The event is free. Food, drink, goodies, and fun activities are planned so that participants can focus on growing and developing ideas beyond just a vision!

Participants will also have a chance to speak with representatives and judges from top tech companies such as AWS, Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM and more!


1) Digital MANUFACTURING Challenge

Digital manufacturing solutions are focused on improving the digital maturity of core manufacturing functions across product and asset lifecycle management, onsite and remote operations management & system simulation.

According to multiple sources, as more automated tools have become used in manufacturing plants, it has become necessary to model, simulate, and analyze all of the machines, tooling, and input materials to optimize the manufacturing process. Overall, digital manufacturing can be seen sharing the same goals as computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), flexible manufacturing, lean manufacturing, and design for manufacturability (DFM).

The advancements in Cloud-Based Designs (CBD) and Cloud-Based Manufacturing (CBM) have been critical in the success of modern solutions.

How does your solution provide a unique value proposition for any of the following:

  • Address challenges related to monitoring and managing inventory to reduce supply issues

  • Measure and Optimize fluid levels, irrigation supply, grass measuring, and agriculture needs? and more ...

Use Case Examples:

  • Using a drone & antennae to monitor inventory levels and increase scanning fidelity across warehouse functions (i.e. auditing, receiving, etc).

  • Use IoT sensors to measure soil, grass, water levels, etc. to provide an optimum watering schedule & also reduce wastewater from overwatering.

3) Cloud - Consumer Driven IoT

With the increased use of smartphones and connected devices, consumers are growing accustomed to having better lifestyle experiences. Product and service providers are improving their existing and prospective customer experiences by leveraging data generated by connected devices to gain a competitive advantage. Machine learning techniques are also deployed to analyze and anticipate consumer demand before the need is present.

How does your solution provide a unique value proposition for any of the following:

  • Smart Appliances

  • Smart Home Devices

  • Smart Cars

  • Safe Driving and Claims Processing

  • Health and Wellness Management

  • Pet Tracking and Health Management

  • Customer Profiling

  • and more...

Use Case Examples:

  • Track and monitor behavior

  • Monitor pets behavior and symptoms to assist veterinarians

  • Take orders and decrease the workload on hourly workers

  • Manage customer preferences and information

  • Restaurant seat map of the customer location, social media integrations, opt-in/out capabilities

2) Cloud - Predictive Analytics

With the increased use of IoT devices, there is a growing need to find creative applications of the data collected to optimize business value. Business process optimization is another everyday use of IoT data allowing cloud systems and process automation engines to trigger core business processes when an IoT enabled device notifies an event has occurred. Custom machine learning techniques & models can be utilized to create a competitive advantage for a given solution.

How does your solution provide a unique value proposition for any of the following:

  • Mitigate revenue loss from delays in manual processes that require human intervention

  • Increase Revenue

  • Prevent fraud

  • Detect existing or potential service related outages or incidents

  • Address service management and predictive maintenance needs

  • Assist with the proactive deployment of critical resources like labor, materials or capital

  • Commercial Real Estate & Stadium Management needs

  • Measure temperature and pressure levels

  • and more...

4) Cyber-Security & Insider Threats

According to Security Intelligence in 2017, insider threats account for nearly 75% of security breach incidents.

According to multiple sources, more than ¾ of all security breaches are caused by insider threats. They can go undetected for years are difficult to distinguish between harmful actions and regular work. The remediation costs typically range between 100k and $1 million per incident.

As IoT devices become increasingly common in everyday life, researchers have warned about the potential threats posed by hackers and other nefarious groups. The motivation for these groups has been linked to data misuse, acting on opportunity, revenge, making a statement and seeking a competitive advantage.

How does your solution provide a unique value proposition for any of the following:

  • Provide a creative solution to insider threats?

  • Leverage Security IoT to address potential security risks?

  • Mitigate the potential risks presented by IoT devices?

  • Provide new ways to control and secure assets and data?

  • and more...

What To Expect…

if you’ve never been to a hackathon before.


Form your team

Following the Soda City Hackathon kickoff, you’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow participants and form teams.


Participate in workshops

Participate in workshops to learn more about our sponsors’ platforms and how to apply them to your solution.

Be sure to attend as there may be raffle prizes…


Build your solution

Work with your team to build a winning solution.


Present your solution

Present your solution to a panel of judges. Judging will take place in a science fair style environment.


Who can participate?

Anyone 18 years or older can apply!

The Team

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Victor Li



mala morjaria

Project/Event Lead

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Jenny Mead


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Alex Tocco


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Stephan Bragner

Mentor Manager

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Naman Rawal

Marketing & Communications


TJ Aldridge

Website & Content

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Kimaya Hemdev

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Ann Glasgow

Our Sponsors