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Join The Free Digital Hackathon 2.0
#SaveTheSteel

  • Gain real-world experience solving a serious real-world problem

  • Meet expert mentors

  • Connect with like-minded people

  • Win prizes

Who is the hackathon for?

 

The hackathon is perfect for chemistry student, aspiring paint technician, mechanical engineer, or a material or surface scientist who want real-world experience and the chance to work with expert mentors and build relationships while solving the serious problem of steel corrosion. 

Please note that the hackathon is limited to 30 participants.

 
The world is losing 5,000 kg of steel
to corrosion every single second!
 
Overspray – The Challenges

Atomisation during the spraying application results in only part of the applied coating substance reaching the substrate or item that is to be painted. The share that is lost due to air rebound effects and spraying past the object is referred to as overspray.

Loss of material through overspray is dependent on part geometry, the application technology and how it is handled. Overspray cannot be completely avoided.

Challenge 1

How to reduce overspray?

Overspray means wasting valuable materials. How can we avoid that? 

Challenge 2

How to recycle zinc-containing overspray

If we do not find a solution to avoid any overspray: How can we recycle the material?

Corrosion protection is a foundational part of modern society and our future. Even with the great technical accomplishments of chemists, physicists etc. to protect our valuable materials our world still loses 5.000 kg of steel every second due to corrosion. Even when many people see corrosion protection as something really sustainable, due to the saving of hundreds of thousands of tons of steel every year, that’s not enough. 

We invite you to challenge the status quo. Become part of this hackathon about corrosion protection.

Even after great technical accomplishments, having a look at corrosion protection today, there is still a lot to do, making the technology itself more environmentally friendly.

 
Our Mentors & Jury

Throughout the entire process you and your team will be accompanied and supported by one of our mentors. Our mentors and our expert jury is a mix of young, up-and-coming chemists and experts with decades of experience. At the end of the project, a jury will select the best approaches in terms of sustainability, creativity and practicability.

The Participating Companies

DÖRKEN

Coatings

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For many decades the name Dörken has stood for high-quality corrosion protection. The company, based in Herdecke in North Rhine-Westphalia, offers reliable coatings for every industry and is constantly developing new, innovative solutions. Among other things, the room temperature-curing zinc flake coating was awarded the German Innovation Award 2020.

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The Mentors
Our Mentors & Jury

Throughout the entire process you and your team will be accompanied and supported by one of our mentors. Our mentors and our expert jury is a mix of young, up-and-coming chemists and experts with decades of experience. At the end of the project, a jury will select the best approaches in terms of sustainability, creativity and practicability.

The Participating Companies

DÖRKEN

Coatings

Placeholder

For many decades the name Dörken has stood for high-quality corrosion protection. The company, based in Herdecke in North Rhine-Westphalia, offers reliable coatings for every industry and is constantly developing new, innovative solutions. Among other things, the room temperature-curing zinc flake coating was awarded the German Innovation Award 2020.

The Mentors
Our Mentors & Jury

Throughout the entire process you and your team will be accompanied and supported by one of our mentors. Our mentors and our expert jury is a mix of young, up-and-coming chemists and experts with decades of experience. At the end of the project, a jury will select the best approaches in terms of sustainability, creativity and practicability.

The Participating Companies
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For many decades the name Dörken has stood for high-quality corrosion protection. The company, based in Herdecke in North Rhine-Westphalia, offers reliable coatings for every industry and is constantly developing new, innovative solutions. Among other things, the room temperature-curing zinc flake coating was awarded the German Innovation Award 2020.

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WALTHER PILOT is an international market leader and renowned specialist in equipment and systems used for material conveyance and application. The range comprises individual components and complete systems to handle the entire range of liquid and high-viscosity media – including paints, enamels, adhesives, oils, foods and coatings. Their products are used in a variety of industries. 

 

From WALTHER PILOT, Matthias Mandal acts as mentor for this hackathon.

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Coatings, surface finishing, deburring, electrochemical metal machining of series production parts: with our two divisions Coatings and Deburring, the BENSELER Group has been a reliable partner for technically sophisticated solutions for 60 years. Additive manufacturing in the field of metal machining has been added since 2018.

From Benseler, Ralf Ripberger and Alexander Herzog act as mentors for this hackathon.

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ESy-Labs as an innovative spin-off from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz and the Fraunhofer Society is specialised in electrosynthesis for the production of organic as well as inorganic resources.

ESy-Labs provides electrosyntheses from the g-scale to the low ton-scale per year, beeing supplemented by integrated biotechnological and chemical catalytic process steps. This gives ESy-Labs a worldwide unique service porfolio.

From ESy-Labs, Dr. Tobias Gärtner acts as mentor for this hackathon

The Mentors
DÖRKEN Coatings
ESy-Labs

Dr. Tobias Gärtner

 
Prizes
1st place

The winner gets the opportunity of a two-week job shadowing at Dörken. The price includes the coverage of travel expenses, as well as accommodation during the stay and a meal allowance. The winner gets to know the processes at our companies, accompanies colleagues in various functions in their daily work and can contribute and test his or her own expertise in laboratory research. The applicant will receive a certificate for the successfully completed work shadowing.

2nd place

One-day visit to a fair or conference including coverage of travel costs. This is a great opportunity to make contacts in the field and meet potential employers!

3rd place

The winner receives 500 Euro as a prize.

Our Mentors & Jury

Throughout the entire process you and your team will be accompanied and supported by one of our mentors. Our mentors and our expert jury is a mix of young, up-and-coming chemists and experts with decades of experience. At the end of the project, a jury will select the best approaches in terms of sustainability, creativity and practicability.

The Participating Companies
doerken_CMYK.png

For many decades the name Dörken has stood for high-quality corrosion protection. The company, based in Herdecke in North Rhine-Westphalia, offers reliable coatings for every industry and is constantly developing new, innovative solutions. Among other things, the room temperature-curing zinc flake coating was awarded the German Innovation Award 2020.

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WALTHER PILOT is an international market leader and renowned specialist in equipment and systems used for material conveyance and application. The range comprises individual components and complete systems to handle the entire range of liquid and high-viscosity media – including paints, enamels, adhesives, oils, foods and coatings. Their products are used in a variety of industries. 

 

From WALTHER PILOT, Matthias Mandal acts as mentor for this hackathon.

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Coatings, surface finishing, deburring, electrochemical metal machining of series production parts: with our two divisions Coatings and Deburring, the BENSELER Group has been a reliable partner for technically sophisticated solutions for 60 years. Additive manufacturing in the field of metal machining has been added since 2018.

From Benseler, Ralf Ripberger and Alexander Herzog act as mentors for this hackathon.

Logo_ESy-Labs.jpg

ESy-Labs as an innovative spin-off from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz and the Fraunhofer Society is specialised in electrosynthesis for the production of organic as well as inorganic resources.

ESy-Labs provides electrosyntheses from the g-scale to the low ton-scale per year, beeing supplemented by integrated biotechnological and chemical catalytic process steps. This gives ESy-Labs a worldwide unique service porfolio.

From ESy-Labs, Dr. Tobias Gärtner acts as mentor for this hackathon

The Mentors
DÖRKEN Coatings
ESy-Labs
Benseler
Walther Pilot

Dr. Tobias Gärtner

Alexander Herzog

Ralf Ripberger

Matthias Mandal

 
When does it start?

The hackathon will take place between April 13 and 20

Event Procedure

April 13: Opening Event

Presentation of the agenda
Introductions of the mentors and participants

First exchanges on the challenges

April 14 til April 19: Working period

The participants work out solutions independently.

On weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m., zoom conferences are held to exchange ideas.

April 20: Final Event

Presentation of results

Evaluation

Announcement of winners

What you'll get from joining
  • Gain real-world experience solving a serious real-world problem

  • Meet expert mentors

  • Connect with like-minded people

  • Win prizes

 
How to join?

If you want to help us #SaveTheSteel fill out this form