Solving Problems to Build a Better World in Hackathon

Caterpillar recently sponsored BuiltWorlds’ Hackathon, which brought bright minds together for a weekend to hack solutions to some leading industry problems. Teams of three to six students had 36 hours to choose a problem to solve and pitch their solution to a panel of industry judges which included, Dan Reaume, the Chief Analytics Director at Caterpillar.

The challenge posed by Cat Digital was to use artificial intelligence to recognize the activity of construction equipment from videos. The winning team, made up of students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, developed an application that counted the number of full buckets dug by an excavator in order to measure its productivity over time. This challenge is representative of the work Cat Digital does to ensure equipment is operating as effectively and efficiently as possible to help our customers work smarter.

The competition also created an opportunity for current Caterpillar employees to engage and interact with the next generation of doers. Cat Digital’s Chad Brekke said, “Seeing the students gather to work was electrifying, and hearing people stop to inquire about the problems they were looking to solve through the competition with Caterpillar’s subject matter experts was empowering.”

Caterpillar sees the importance of investing in the bright minds who will shape our future. We’re proud to sponsor the hackathon and many others like it.

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Winners from hackathon signed on to join the Caterpillar team this summer. Winners from hackathon signed on to join the Caterpillar team this summer.
Winners from hackathon signed on to join the Caterpillar team this summer.