Think.Make.Start. - Android Week

Create the most compelling and persuasive Android App out there! Hacker, designer and Android enthusiasts wanted!

Application deadline July 31th 2020
Hackathon takes place September 21th – 25th 2020
Register here
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What's in it for me?

You will have a unique chance to present your solution to top management. Win mentorship from leading experts and win some great prizes! We also offer up to 50k Euro project funding for the most promising teams.

Think.Make.Start. (TMS) is an interdisciplinary sprint format at BMW Group, which enables students, startups and employees from all fields to think and act like Innovators. TMS is focused at innovation, namely the development of new features and services and their successful launch in the market. Participants get free access to prototyping facilities, money to purchase components and support from Product Development professionals.

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Why Android?

With Android, the BMW Group is expanding its range of seamless in-car connected experiences, to include apps and services relevant to our customer pull. Android enables more efficient and standardized development processes – meaning developers can focus on great implementation.

Your Benefits!

  • Learn and explore Android
  • Work in highly motivated and talented interdisciplinary teams
  • Build your product or service for BMW/MINI
  • Get access to multi-trillion-dollar automotive industry via BMW Startup Garage

Android-base Platform

With Android, developers can easily write apps for our BMW vehicles. BMW has intentionally kept our implementation of Android Automotive as standard android with little customization. It’s as easy as developing Android mobile apps but for the car ecosystem – to enrich the lives of our customers.

For the Hackathon, BMW makes use of the  Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Android is an open source operating system for mobile devices and a corresponding open source project led by Google. The AOSP repository offer the information and source code needed to create custom variants of the Android OS.

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Our Vision

BMW`s Android-based Platform is developed as platform for multiple upcoming head units, starting with Infotainment Domain Controller. It is meant to be as close as possible to the Android-principles and at the same time representing the look and feel from BMW in order to create a sustainable, high-quality and reusable platform. We strive to improve innovation, efficiency and cooperation for both the product and the work model.

TMS is designed to foster innovation giving participants the chance to work on real desires, exploring the potential of new technologies or challenges by developing new solutions.
Our goal is to promote innovation at BMW Group and facilitate the creation of new features.

Applications are open!

Join us on a journey that will help you to think and act like an innovator!

TMS – Android Week takes place
21th – 25th September 2020

Location @BMW Group Research and Innovation Center Munich You can submit your own ideas or address one of the challenges, provided by our partners. Whether student, freelancer or startup – Anyone may apply!

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and take immediate action. Your safety is our most important concern.

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Journey Excitement
Track [1] is about turning every ride into a joyful experience. The customer should be gripped and delighted by a unique individual experience. We want to create an exciting and thrilling experience with every ride.
My Android World
Track [2] The aim is to inspire customers with small digital gadgets (Consumer Electronics) and to make their everyday life much easier and more efficient. Our user must always be able to remember his experiences joyfully.
Track [3] How can the customer interact with the vehicle? Which interfaces are interesting? You decide what is simple or useful to create a perfect interface. We seek for a seamless customer experience with our “MyMINI or MyBMW App".

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BMW Android Week?

A 5 day competition that enables participants to transform their ideas into functioning prototypes for the chance to bring their product to market. Focus is on both hardware and software prototypes in the category: Android App Experiences while driving an X5 or MINI.

What is the outcome of the BMW Android Week?

Hack, simulate, print your own vision of your individual vehicle and help create a Minimum Viable Products for BMW Group in about 200 hours. Compete in interdisciplinary teams and win an award (up to 50k) to pursue your project.

Can I take part as a Student / Startup / Freelancer?

Yes! We are looking for talented people who want to push the boundaries. You will get the chance to work together with other developers, designers, and businesspeoples, in a productive, fun, and supportive environment.

Who is supporting this event?

Critical Tech Works
Technical University of Munich
BMW Group

How does the selection and team formation work?

After your registration, will inform you via E-Mail about your participation. We are looking for teams of five – including developers, designers, and businesspeople. The selection mainly depends on your skills and interest. The team formation will take place at the “PreEvent” in the beginning of September.

What if I already attended TMS at the Technical University Munich?

Perfect! Please make sure that you tell us which TMS Batch you attended. You may also introduce us to your TMS project. If a TMS coach did refer BMW Android Week, please tell us the coach`s name.