More Than 160 Hackers Competed to Help Future-Proof the Supply Chain and Enhance Adaptability
EWING, NJ – October 2, 2020 – Momentum by JUSDA claimed the top $12,000 prize in the virtual GS1 US Hackathon, titled Flexible and Resilient: Future-Proofing the Supply Chain, held August 31 -September 20, with judging taking place from September 21-29. This winning solution provides real-time visualizations and actionable insights into supply and demand signals across supply chains, allowing for rapid response during a crisis. The panel of judges selected the solution for its real-world applicability and its seamless integration of GS1 Standards.
Additionally, CrossDock, a freight rework service provider, claimed the $9,000 second-place prize, and GTwIN, a solution leveraging GS1 Standards for digital twins, won the $5,000 third-place prize. During the competition, 168 hackers developed 17 solutions to solve highly relevant supply chain challenges recently exposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The panel of judges also awarded the following contestants $1,000 prizes:
Greatest Impact: Farmer-Aggregator
Best Implementation: RE-CHANNEL: Reverse Flow for Profit
Best Technical Execution: AWACs
Random Drawing Winner: Where’s My Beef
GS1 US Hackathon developers leveraged technologies including blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to help “future-proof” the supply chain, making them more agile and adaptable during times of disruption. Each entrant addressed one or more of four areas: food, consumer packaged goods (CPG), healthcare or they created their own unique solution that addresses the theme of the event. The judges evaluated each solution for market impact, seamless implementation, advanced technology utilization and incorporation of GS1 Standards. Submissions included solutions for demand forecasting, digital twins, product lifecycle tracking and commodity redistribution.
“We asked the developer community to challenge the traditional way supply chains function, which had been largely focused on efficiency instead of flexibility until the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melanie Nuce, senior vice president, corporate development, GS1 US. “We were impressed with the way the teams embraced this challenge with ingenuity to develop solutions that could potentially help companies better respond to emerging consumer demands.”
For more information about the GS1 US Hackathon, please visit https://gs1us-futureproofhack.bemyapp.com/.
About GS1 US:
GS1 US®, a member of GS1 global, is a not-for-profit information standards organization that facilitates industry collaboration to help improve supply chain visibility and efficiency through the use of GS1 Standards, the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world. Nearly 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading partner collaboration that optimizes their supply chains, drives cost performance and revenue growth, while also enabling regulatory compliance. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based RFID, data synchronization and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). For more information, please visit https://www.gs1us.org.