Develop tomorrow's digital solutions for a transition of printed electronics today!

Win prices worth EUR 5,000 plus follow-up contracts by sponsors:

05th May 2022, Receive challenges in the virtual kick-off

05th May - 07th May 2022 Prototype preparation time

07th May 2022, Finals Heidelberg, DE @ PECon Recruiting Fair 2022 & virtually



What is the is an international innovation and developer competition (aka “Hackathon extended”) with a focus on experts in digitization, business modeling and rapid prototyping in the printed electronics world as part of the network is a new form of tendering for follow-up business contracts: No slides but prototypes! Upfront, Sponsors have to agree to support after the prototype competition the winning team till MVP phase! More details are below! will take place in virtual (start) and Heidelberg, DE (virtual and physical finals parallel to the PECon trade fair for the printed electronics industry) - Whats different to a normal hackathon?

A "real business opportunity"

The ideal cycle looks like this: the problem is addressed by companies, excellent prototypes are built in two-day sprints and the winning solution is commissioned after the sprint by the initial company for the 100-day MVP!

In other words: you tendered for a follow-up contract by your prototype!

The process

→ application → selection → participation in prototype competition → contacts to clients → follow-up contract discussions

Frequently Asked Questions

You have further questions? Check out our FAQ Page. challenges & preparation process is having several categories depending on the sponsors' demands.

Because this is a competition each team will receive the exact challenge in their category including test data in a virtual kick-off on May 05th, 2022. Then the time is running!

A functional business model or smart mockup (depending on the requirements of the challenge) must be created and presented to the sponsors by May 07th, 2022.

What is PECon?

The World's First Recruiting Fair for Printed Electronics

The Printed Electronics Connections trade show - PEcon 2022 - is an exclusive and the world's first career fair in the field of printed electronics. The concept of PECon was developed by InnovationLab and brought to life together with the Heidelberg Employment Agency.

The PEcon recruiting fair will take place on May 07, 2022 and offers graduates and young professionals from the fields of chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, physics, and process engineering the opportunity to meet around 10 leading companies from all over Germany as top employers in the printed electronics industry in person and find out about job profiles and career opportunities in this unique technology. The networking area at the career fair in Heidelberg also provides an opportunity to make initial important contacts with potential employers. An interesting supporting program with short presentations about the exhibiting companies, informative lectures on specialist areas, and lots of useful application tips offered directly from the German Federal Employment Agency make PEcon the most important industry platform for employers and employees.

10-15 companies will introduce themselves and inform you about how YOU can become part of the Printed Electronics Connections and shape the future with them as an employer.

What you get at

Direct interaction with potential customers and clients, transparent competition and access to knowledge for free next to your professional job.

In addition, participants receive a certificate of participation for CV and can win attractive prizes

At, we believe that the best and functional solution wins, not the popularity of the company.
Catchpenny, we offer the fast lane to new business contacts! is the European prototype network for experts and the innovation of the tender. is part of it:

    1. Companies address their digital “challenges” of today's life

    2. is an 2-days competition for the development of functional prototypes and business models

    3. Simple slides of theoretical futuristic concepts are not permitted

    4. Evaluation in finals at the medial hotspot of the PECon 2022 in May 2022

    5. The winning team receive the prizes and will have the chance for the follow-up contract for the implementation in 100 days by the sponsoring company


SIGN UP FOR - short and crispy

  1. Companies address a digital challenge from their everyday life.

  2. These companies agree to commission the winning solution to become an MVP for the next 100 days

  3. Participants must apply next to their jobs in advance to keep the quality level high

  4. The addressed challenges will be solved within 2 days by means of a functional prototype

  5. API-workshops and development of business models in competitive mode for the finalists

  6. The final evaluation of the prototypes takes place in the form of pitch events and a final award ceremony

  7. event participants automatically become part of the network. Networking Partners and Sponsors