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Recap: AAS Hackathon in Delft - A Leap Towards Autonomous Operations

Recap: AAS Hackathon in Delft - A Leap Towards Autonomous Operations


On May 22, 2024, the Festo Experience Center in Delft buzzed with innovation and collaboration as around 40 participants gathered for the Asset Administration Shell (AAS) Hackathon, a significant event organized by the WIB working group Autonomous Operations in cooperation with the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance.


Exploring Digital Twin Challenges

The hackathon addressed the challenges of Digital Twins through two distinct tracks.

1. Building an AAS and Incorporating Machine Data:

Participants delved into the process of constructing an Asset Administration Shell (AAS) and integrating machine data from the ground up. This track emphasized practical approaches to initiating AAS and integrating real-world data into digital frameworks.

2. Advantages and Disadvantages of AAS in a Diverse Ecosystem:

This track explored the broader implications of AAS within an extensive ecosystem, examining the challenges and benefits of adopting AAS technology. Discussions focused on understanding the potential of AAS to streamline operations and enhance collaboration across different sectors.


Key Takeaways

During the hackathon, it became clear again that AAS is increasingly important in the industry. Collaboration is needed to help people understand and accept AAS concepts and their benefits. Developing submodels quickly is crucial for successful AAS implementation. The speed of this development directly affects how well AAS can be used in different situations and the amount of benefit it can bring[ED1] . There is a high demand for eventing and operational capabilities in AAS to make it work well in different scenarios.

While the AAS implementation[ED2]  is growing, indicating a positive trend towards widespread adoption, it is still in a delicate phase. This highlights the urgent need for joint efforts to raise awareness and understanding of AAS concepts. The mantra "better together" resonates strongly, emphasizing that collaboration is essential for the continued growth and acceptance of AAS technology.


A heartfelt thank you to Festo NL for providing a fantastic venue in the Festo Experience Center. The location, city, and people contributed to the event's success.

Special thanks to the experts who enriched the event with their knowledge and support:

  • Christina Bornträger (META-LEVEL Software AG)
  • Ruediger Fritz (SAP)
  • Jeroen Broekhuijsen and Robert Wilterdink (TNO)
  • John Deken (IJssel Technologie)
  • Stephan van den Berg

And to all participants, including Sayan Chowdhury, Koen Daenen, Joost Kuckartz, Hans Schouten, and many others, for engaging in discussions and challenging the status quo.

The strong support from colleagues at our regional Hub NL was invaluable. A big thank you to Jules Oudmans, Eelco Van Harten, Jan Koudijzer.


The AAS Hackathon in Delft was a remarkable event that brought together industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts to explore the future of Autonomous Operations. The insights gained and the collaborations formed during this hackathon will undoubtedly propel the development and acceptance of AAS technology, driving the industry towards a more integrated and efficient future.

Stay tuned for more updates and join us in our journey towards advancing AAS and Digital Twin technologies. Together, we can build a more connected and autonomous industrial ecosystem.

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Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey!