About the Event

Disrupt Industry Borders

comdirect - a brand of Commerzbank AG and its Co-Sponsors Hammerbrooklyn.DigitalCampus, Commerz Real & IBM welcome you to the Collabothon 2019 from 11th to 13th November in the Hammerbrooklyn.Box in Hamburg. We are looking forward to developing innovative, cross-industry solutions together during the hackathon and we are already excited to learn all about your ideas.

Borders between finance and industries are fading. To embrace open innovation, the Collabothon by comdirect - a brand of Commerzbank AG brings together players from the financial industry and other sectors to explore and transfer cross-industry knowledge in order to create and develop innovative solutions.

What sets the Collabothon apart from other events is that teams consist of a mix of employees of corporations, start-ups, and scientific institutions, as well as other innovative minds to foster the spirit of cross-industry collaboration.

Within only 48 hours you will make your vision of the future come to reality by developing your own prototype from scratch and pitching it afterwards to the crowd - no powerpoint, we want to see real demos.

There will be several well-known APIs available, plus food and drinks, amazing people and of course, some prizes!

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“As a Millennial thinking about retirement savings isn´t fun – the retirement age increases and low pension levels just aren´t enough to pay for your Avo-Toast in the future – it´s time to change that! These days, only 14% of Germans consider long-term investments into the stock market to build retirement funds. Develop a low entry barrier product to win over early-investors to take their first steps in making long term stock investments”

„The topic of sustainability is indispensable and in times of lack of rental space also a question of cost. Therefore, optimal use of office space is more important than ever. Your task will be to develop an application that uses sensor data to display, evaluate and suggest improvements in real-time office space utilization.”

Kick-off event

Collabothon Roadshow

comdirect - a brand of Commerzbank AG and IBM welcome you to the Collabothon Roadshow event on the 14th October in the TechQuartier in Frankfurt am Main.

Serving as a kick-off event for the Collabothon in November in Hamburg, the Roadshow gives the opportunity to get inspirations from keynote speeches and to participate in workshops to help generating new ideas or further developing your Collabothon ideas.

In the beginning of the event, IBM will take the stage to present innovative future technologies in order to set new technological impulses for your ideas. The focus area is Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. Thereafter follows a workshop session that aims to encourage cross-industry dialogue and help participants to generate new ideas or develop further their existing ideas. IBM experts will guide through a technology session on how to utilize APIs for your Collabothon idea. The evening ends with food and drinks and there will be time to get in touch with IBM experts.


  • 16:00 Get-together
  • 16:30 IBM keynote about IoT and AI technologies
  • 17:15 Workshop and cross-industry dialogue
  • 19:00 Technology session
  • 20:00 "Meet the expert" and socializing with drinks and food


  •   October 14, 2019
  •    16:00 – 23:00 CET


  •   TechQuartier
  •    Platz der Einheit 2
  •    60327 Frankfurt am Main
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    Event Programme

    Monday, 11th November

    16:00 - 17:00

    Arrival & Registration

    17:00 - 17:30

    Welcome speech of finance senator Dr. Andreas Dressel

    17:30 - 17:45

    Introduction & Rules

    17:45 - 18:00

    Team formation

    18:00 - 20:00


    20:00 - 22:00

    Snacks & Networking

    Tuesday, 12th November

    08:30 - 09:00


    09:00 - 12:00

    Coding I

    12:30 - 13:30


    13:30 - 17:00

    Coding II

    17:00 - 19:00

    Feedback session

    19:00 - 20:00


    20:00 - open end


    Wednesday, 13th November

    08:30 - 09:00



    Coding III

    12:30 - 13:30





    Preparation of Presentation


    Arrival of Guests


    Presentation of Results


    Announcement of the Winners


    Wrap-up and Close

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    We're happy that you are interested in participating! Note: there is limited access only. Please buy your ticket on eventbrite or contact us in advance:

  • When?

    •  11/11/2019 | 06:00 pm


    •   Hammerbrooklyn.Box
    •    Stadtdeich 2
    •    20097 Hamburg

    Contact us


    Jana Koch

    VP Business Development, comdirect

    Pidder Seidl

    Head of Start-up Garage, comdirect

    Karoline Nolte

    Business Development, comdirect

    Anatole von Tippelskirch

    Business Development, comdirect

    Supporting Our Project

    Event Sponsors


    The event aims to facilitate collaborations across different industries, inspiring each other to explore, transform, and exploit cross-industry knowledge to create and develop innovative solutions. Thus, the teams consist of a mix of employees of corporations, start-ups, and scientific institutions, as well as other individuals such as coder, entrepreneurs and FinTech Evangelists to foster the spirit of cross-industry collaboration.

    We'd love to see you on 11th to 13th November – beginning from 5:00 pm CET.

    This year the Collabothon will take place in Hamburg in the north of Germany. The venue will be announced soon.

    We are looking for people who want to disrupt the borders between the financial industry and many others: Coders, Entrepreneurs, FinTech Evangelists, Ideation Stars, UX Superheroes, Data Fanatics and so on.

    You will develop innovative solutions that disrupt the borders between different industries. There will be several interesting challenges to take on that will be announced soon. Note: We expect everything you develop to be fresh code and Sherlock Holmes along with some other detectives will ensure this during the event. Please bring along your own laptop, we unfortunately cannot provide you with any devices.

    You can join us as lone warriors as well as small groups. Due to our cross-industry focus we would encourage you to find your team at the location so we can create groups with members from different backgrounds and thereby foster cross-industry collaboration.

    Of course! We will provide you with enough energy so that you can develop your solutions with constant power. We will also provide some late night snacks for night crawlers. Note: please let us know in advance if you suffer any allergies or food intolerances!

    For sure! Chuck Norris and The Expendables will be there with some local guys to keep an eye on the location. However, please keep an eye on your belongings while you're coding and keep your valuables with you at all times.