Deadline: Sep 09, 2016 08:59 PM
Co-development camp: Oct 07 - Oct 09, 2016
Vieremä, Finland
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Hack the Factory with Host

Inspired by the successful “Hack the Harvester” event, Ponsse organizes a new hack that seeks ideas and solutions for Lean material and information flow, and for boosting performance of Ponsse’s factory and Supplier Village. Ponsse also wants to connect with companies and people who can help realize both continuous and breakthrough improvements at the factory and in the supply chain.


Material and information flows between Ponsse and the supplier village Ponsse’s supplier village is tightly located next to the factory, but could be closer in terms of integrated processes. How could we make the process leaner, decrease waste and increase information about material flows with the supplier village companies?

Material flows in production The production of Ponsse is based on lean manufacturing and just-in-time delivery of parts. How could we improve and streamline material flow, for example by increasing transparency of material availability, better support of internal logistics, following part movements, and easily ordering and providing right parts to right place at the right time? Could e.g. data analysis, visualisation or new ways of sharing information provide solutions to this?

Data collection from production How could we automate data collection from production system, processes and orders, e.g., working time, status of production processes, equipment and orders, and disturbances in the factory? We are also interested in new instruments, so feel free to bring your own sensors as well!

Providing real-time data for production personnel and management Getting real-time information and better view on overall status of the production system, processes and orders are important for both production managers and production personnel. These support production operations, planning and management, and enable Ponsse’s people to be happy, successful and innovative in their daily work. What kind of devices and services could we use to make relevant information easily available to production personnel and management?

What is the goal?

The hack seeks prototypes and ideas for seamless, Lean material and information flow that provides “right material and information at the right time to the right place in a right way” within the Ponsse factory and Supplier Village. Visibility of supply chain, tracking and tracing of orders, automated data collection, and providing relevant, real-time information at the factory and Supplier Village are important elements and objectives. The overall aim is to ensure safety and quality of operations and to boost productivity of the factory and the supply chain. Furthermore, we look for ideas and solutions that enable Ponsse’s people to enjoy their daily work and to be successful and innovative in it.

Ponsse also wants to connect with people and companies with whom co-operation can be continued in improving the systems, operations and performance of the Ponsse factory and Supplier Village.


  • Ponsse Vieremä factory and production line in action
  • Current systems and devices for production planning and control, and collecting feedback from production
  • Production data (both planning and history) from ERP and MES systems, for example: Production plan and orders, process times (planned and actual), quality and deviations, material requirements
  • Swagger interface for JSON information regarding to operational activities of supplier village, for example: Purchase orders and purchase order lines, shipments, statistic of local logistic operator, supplier village actors and their support for the event
  • Samsung devices: phones (S6), tablets (S2), smartwatches (S2), VR glasses (Gear VR)


The winning team will get 3000 euros. Prices are paid against invoice.


Apply with a team of 2-3 people. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline and all applicants will be informed one week after the deadline. 12 teams will be selected to join the hackathon.

Who will own my idea?

Ideas are free for everyone to use but the IPR for any software codebase or documents produced during the competition will stay with the participating team. The host has the first right of refusal to negotiate further collaboration with the team to purchase or continue working on the project initiated at the hack.


Ponsse is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forest machines for the cut-to-length method, and its customer-oriented operations are still guided by the wishes and needs of forest machine entrepreneurs. Read more from:


  • Juho Nummela, CEO, Ponsse
  • Tommi Väänänen, Director, Supply Chain, Ponsse
  • Tiina Haapalainen, Purchasing Manager, Ponsse
  • Esa Penttinen, Production Manager, Ponsse
  • Pasi Rannus, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Business Line, Valmet Automotive

Judging criteria_

  • Problem – How relevant is the chosen problem or opportunity?
  • Solution – How well does the team’s solution solve the problem?
  • Value – How big is the added business value?
  • Team – How capable the team is to execute the idea?


  • Challenge opens on August 18th
  • Application period ends on September 9th midnight
  • Results informed to applicants by September 19th
  • Data available for participants on September 19th after signing of NDA
  • Hackathon on October 7th – 9th

Transportation & accommodation_

We will have a free bus connection to Vieremä from Oulu and Kuopio. The busses leaves from city centers in the morning of Friday 7th, drives through the airports to Ponsse and back in the evening on Sunday 9th. If you come by plane, we suggest to take any of the morning flights on Friday, a hotel for Sunday-Monday and a morning flight back on Monday. Flights and hotel in Oulu and Kuopio are not covered by Ponsse.

All accommodation, food and drinks are covered by Ponsse in Vieremä.

Applications for this challenge have closed. See our upcoming challenges here.