Smart Retail Hackathon – Designers and developers worked together in groups of four and five to take on the challenge of building a smart retail solution. This needed to address consumer or business challenges in the retail business and make use of one or more applications and some IoT hardware.

  • Learn Students were briefed on the capabilities of the Umajin app builder and got to see and play with a range of IoT elements from Intel,, TouchCode and DFRobot over breakfast
  • Design A design led process starting with brainstorming, personas and customer requirements and ending with project selection was completed before lunch
  • Build In the afternoon the students completed designs, software, hardware – culminating in a presentation in the evening including live demos of the smart shelves, robots, new retail processes and wayfinding they had created


Special thanks to the amazing students, Summer of Tech, 1st Assembly, Victoria University, Massey University and the WPP retail group for their inspiration.


Students created solutions which used multiple apps, hardware elements and backend databases all in a day.

Here is a PDF with an overview of the projects created : summer_tech_hackathon.pdf