Tesco announces finalists for its 8th annual hackathon event

Tesco has announced the finalists of its annual Global Hackathon event, which challenges contenders to come up with new retail technology concepts to tackle the industry’s key issues.

The grocery giant’s eighth annual hackathon event, which pits colleagues and suppliers from the UK, Czech Republic, India and Poland against each other to come up with solutions to a range of specific problems.

They are given 24 hours to formulate ideas to retail challenges including how to use customers data to serve them better, how to simplify in-store operations, how to help consumers be more eco-friendly, how to optimise home delivery, and how to save the business over £10 million in one year.

This year’s finalists included the Wawel Dragons’s app which helps users select an eco-friendly delivery option for their orders, the Waste Hunters AR app which helps store assistants visualise goods going out of date soon to reduce food waste and Mbill’s app which will provide users with a digital receipt using a QR code, helping reduce paper waste.

READ MORE: Tesco could soon roll out autonomous delivery robots

“The Hackathon is a great way for us to pull in brilliant ideas from people across the business,” head of Tesco Labs Jo Hickson said.

“Last year’s winning idea is now being trialled in a store in the Czech Republic and we can’t wait to explore the ideas from this year too.”

Finalist for the second consecutive year Lakshmi Madhavarao added: “More than winning, it is really fun to work with different people on an idea and learn new skills in 24 hours. It is just amazing to see what can be done in such a short period of time.”

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