hackaTUM
23/11/2023

Burda at one of the biggest hackathons in Europe

1,050 participants, exciting cases from leading industry partners and 36 hours of programming: hackaTUM, organized by the Technical University of Munich, has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the EU. 

Discover the possibilities of artificial intelligence in the media industry

With this task we entered the race. Mark, Teamlead AI Video at BurdaForward, provided the idea: 
Explore how AI opens new possibilities in the media industry. Today, BurdaForward is already using an “Magic AI Tool”, that allows to create news videos from text within a few minutes. What shall we do tomorrow? As an inspiration, you could create a news show with different presenters and topics, or a Video Chatbot answering questions about news. 

Two teams made it onto the shortlist and were able to pitch their development in front of hundreds of students and company representatives on the final day:  
 

Voice Craft: the solution enables deaf-mute people to use AI-supported presentations with avatars to integrate them into the workplace. Python was used to extract comments from the PowerPoint file and feed them to D-ID API to retrieve the video of the presenter. A video will be generated of the slides with the same tempo as the video generated from the D-ID APIs. So two videos are combined inside a highly customizable template using Remotion. 

TU minute papers, an app that uses AI to convert medical findings into a short video that patients can understand. Questions can also be asked to obtain information on risk factors or to compare the study with other studies. In the background, the tool uses OpenAI to analyze the paper and create a 5-fact summary. The five facts are sent to DALL-E to create accompanying images. 

In addition to Mark Luxenhofer, Robert Detering, Executive Principal at BurdaForward and Christoph Caprano, Software Engineer at Valiton, were involved as jurors and evaluated the participants' pitches according to the criteria of innovation, quality, our interface & experience and presentation.  


"The commitment of the participants is always breathtaking. I enjoy exchanging ideas with the students.Last year we were even able to get four of them to take part in an internal tech project," Robert, sums up. 

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