Hack Manchester Challenge 2019


2019 Challenge: dunnhumby's Supermarket Sweep

About us:

In 1989, before Google, Amazon or Netflix were glimmers in their future founder’s eyes, Edwina Dunn and Clive Humby founded dunnhumby in the kitchen of their West London home. Five years later, we revolutionised consumer loyalty by introducing the Tesco Clubcard, changing how the biggest brands on the planet engage their customers forever.

Today dunnhumby are the global leader in Customer Data Science, empowering businesses everywhere to compete and thrive in the modern data-driven economy. With deep heritage and expertise in retail – one of the world’s most competitive markets, with a deluge of multi-dimensional data – dunnhumby today enables businesses all over the world, across industries, to be Customer First.


The Challenge:

Every day dunnhumby processes data from millions of consumers all around the world to help our clients figure out how to serve their customers better than anyone else. Last year we asked you to flip this around and use data to make the customers experience less than optimal. We loved the innovative and bizarre entries you came up with, so this year we thought we would crank it up a notch...

Supermarket Sweep is back! You know, the fun gameshow from the 90s where you can go wild in the aisles and pile your trolley high! Your challenge this year is to think of all the fun you could be having every time you hear that beep and do something fun around the theme of Supermarket Sweep.

For those of you who don't remember, Supermarket Sweep is a gameshow where contestants add time to their clock by playing supermarket themed mini games, answering questions, and solving riddles posed by the host. The accumulated time determines how long each team gets to dash around a mock supermarket piling their trollies high in the Big Sweep. The team with the most valuable trolley goes on to play The Super Sweep where they have 60 seconds to find and solve three clues hidden on products around the supermarket to win a big cash prize.

Some ideas could include a brand-new mini game, a maze solver to optimise your route around the supermarket, a new way to do your online shopping, or even an augmented reality version of the Super Sweep you can play in an actual supermarket.

We really want to you stretch your horizons and have fun, so you can use any technology you want. You'll be judged based on how innovative your solution is with (inflatable) bonuses for completing the dunnhumby shopping list...

  • Try something new
  • Help others
  • Make us laugh.


The Prizes:

Hack Manchester Senior
1x Echo Show 5 with an Amazon Smart Plug
1x Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 wireless speaker
1x Sony WH-CH700N noise cancelling wireless headphones
1x All-new Kindle

Hack Manchester Junior
4 x £50 Pimoroni Vouchers

Good luck, and happy shopping! We're really excited to be sponsoring Hack Manchester again and we can't wait to see what you come up with.


Hack Manchester

When: October 26 – 27, 2019

Where: Museum of Science & Industry Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP, UK (see map)