AmCham Bulgaria Hackathon 2024 Winner is a Complex AI Solution to Help People with Autism

The winner of the first edition of AmCham Bulgaria Hackathon 2024 is Team “RAMAC” of IBM Bulgaria with their project “Project AI Lifeline”, which offers a solution to help people with autism.

It was developed by a team of Stelian Petrov, Sara Kolyova, Boris Dokolyakov, Sofia Pisarska, and Janin Kostadinova with mentor Krasimir Vassilev, DevOps Engineer / Software App. Developer and also offers a prototype to monitor the health indicators of patients and will be able to call emergency help and is even useful for people with diabetes.

Moreover, the jury composed of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iya Petkova, Faculty of Economics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, head as. Mihail Zagorski, Faculty of Industrial Technology, TU-Sofia, and Daniel Kiriakov, American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria after two days of presentations decided that they would award two more projects that achieved highly complex performance. Thus, the two finalist teams are:

  • HRCP 1 Team Kalin Chervenkov, Stas Uzunov, David Donchev (from the Computer Science and Innovation Vocational School, Bourgas), and Daniel Todorov (AUBG) with mentors HR Consulting Partners managing partners Ioana Yordanova and Zlatina Kushkieva, and
  • Kamenitza 2 Team that developed a model to predict electricity, water, steam, and carbon dioxide consumption in a beer factory consisting of Lyubomir Nachev, Zdravko Pashov, Yassen Spasov, and Atanas Pozharliev with mentor Dimitar Naydev, World Class Supply Chain Manager at Kamenitza AD.

The award ceremony took place on 29.02.2024, in the Aula of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and welcomed over 60 people from the competing teams, their mentors, organizers, and hosts.

The event was also attended by Prof. Prof. Sonya Mileva-Bozhanova, Vice-Rector Career Development, Alumni, Employer Relations and Business of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Agata Manolova, Dean, Faculty of Telecommunications, TU-Sofia, Prof. Dr. Eng. Prof. Georgi Todorov, Dean, Faculty of Industrial Technologies, TU-Sofia and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Todor Yalamov, Deputy Dean, Research and Innovations, Faculty of Economics, Sofia University. D., Prof. Dr. Kliment Ohridski. The seven participating companies awarded those of their teams who performed the best, with some of the participants already part of the selection processes for internship positions in the companies.

About the Hackathon

The initiative was organized by AmCham Bulgaria in partnership with the Technical University of Sofia and the Faculty of Economics at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” for the first time AmCham Hackathon 2024.

The competition was attended by 96 students from the two partner universities, as well as from TU-Plovdiv, the American University in Bulgaria, and the Professional School of Computer Science, Plovdiv. Burgas. 18 teams were formed and 20 mentors from the participating companies as well as mentors from the two universities worked with them.

The initiative set and achieved several objectives: contribution of the business association through the expertise of its members to the convergence between the knowledge obtained in higher education institutions with the practicalities and needs of business; involvement of students in solving specific business cases; display of best practices from established companies operating in Bulgaria; retention of students in the country and the opportunity for subsequent engagement with the programs of universities, as well as the opportunity to find professional development in the participating companies.

The project was initiated, conceptualized, and organized by ATC member companies, which for years have been among the most active in the Human Capital and Education Committee with the leading role played by Addeco, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, HRCP, IBM Bulgaria, Kamenitza, JobTiger and Moto-Pfohe. 

The target group of the Hackathon were students from the 3rd and 4th year and master programs at the Technical University and the Faculty of Economics at Sofia University. For TU, the focus was on students studying Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Informatics, Data Processing, Automotive Electronics, Green Energy, and RES. The Faculty of Economics targets students in the undergraduate programs in Economics and Finance, Accounting, Finance and Digital Applications, Business Management/Business Administration, and graduate programs in Economics and Finance, Digital Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence for Business and Finance, Gamification, the AMBA-accredited MBA program and other graduate programs.

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