Let's create the solutions of tomorrow

Last Mile Hack is an innovative two-day conference and competition that focus on developing creative solutions to the challenges of the growth in e-commerce. During the 11-12th of May we gathered 100 participants from Sweden as well as Spain, Moldavia and Germany in Helsingborg and created a community of professionals with the main focus of developing the solutions of tomorrow. 

The participants were divided into teams that competed in five categories. and the team that present the best idea was rewarded with 10.000 SEK.

Why?

E-commerce are growing intense and the world are struggling to keep up with the increased pace and how to deliver on the customers wishes.  “The Last Mile” is used as a term to describe the last stage in the e-commerce chain, from the distribution hub to the end consumer/final destination.

The transportation of goods are increasing and is estimated to grow with 70 % until 2040 compared to 2012. A strong contribution to  this is the strong growth of e-commerce that have created many new possibilities and work opportunities, with Sweden as a hub for the Nordic E-commerce. E-commerce growth is expected to double between 2015-2020, which create a series of challenges for transportation and logistics. In the cities today, system of delivery networks and gas stations have a limited capacity to handle the increased number of goods to deliver. 

There is a strong development of technologies and systems that facilitates new possibilities for private and public services. Though, these are often developed from a narrow problem description and lack perspective of larger system and focus on sustainable development.

With this background, there is a need for new innovative and holistic solutions for distribution systems and services that facilitates efficient deliveries in both cities and rural areas. 

 

Said about the hack

Overall, it was a great experience. The best was getting to know people from everywhere and working hard creating solutions, which is always fun.
It was well organised, and well timed. I like that there were all sorts of degree specialisations and even experienced professionals
The program was very well planned and executed on time. Also the professionalism of the participants.
It was well-organised. Moreover, I really enjoyed the diversity of participants, it would be less interesting if everyone came from the same background. I liked the mingling and sitting with different people (thanks to the organisers). I liked the resources we were provided with. I really enjoyed listening to the professionals from the logistics field, I think it was very insightful and educational!