ETSI MEC Hackathon 2021 – The Developer Challenge

And the Winner Is…

“Optare Solutions”

A big congratulations to the winners of the 2021 ETSI MEC Hackathon at Edge Computing World Global 2021.

Outside the hackathon, Optare Solutions helps Telecoms to streamline their OSS and BSS Systems. More than 11 years of experience and a specialized team makes them the go-to choice for many to fulfill their system integration demands. As part of the hackathon Optare Solutions, also known as “The A Team”, developed a surveillance drone application. See the full video of the Hackathon final, including our other finalists further down the page.

Watch the Hackathon Final Here:

What Was The Challenge?

  • MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) provides developers with localized, low-latency resources that can be utilized to create new and innovative solutions, which are essential to many vertical markets of the 5G era. ETSI’s ISG MEC is standardizing an open environment that enables the integration of applications from infrastructure and edge service providers across MEC platforms and systems. The purpose of this Hackathon is to demonstrate the usage of MEC Service APIs to create an innovative Edge Application or Service.


  • Teams will be provided with a dedicated instance of the ETSI MEC Sandbox for their work over the duration of the Hackathon. The MEC Sandbox is an online environment where developers access and interact with live ETSI MEC Service APIs in an emulated edge network set in Monaco, which includes 4G, 5G, and WiFi configurations. The MEC Sandbox offers edge contextual information via the Location (MEC013), Radio Network Information (MEC012) and WLAN Access Information (MEC028) ETSI MEC Service APIs.


  • Teams are encouraged to be creative in selecting an application vertical to focus for their submission. Example segments include (but are not limited to): 1) automotive; 2) AR/VR, media, and entertainment; 3) drones; 4) smart cities; 5) factories of the future; etc. For inspiration, please refer to this automotive case study example from the first MEC Hackathon or the use-cases listed in MEC 002.


  • Teams at the Hackathon will be tasked to develop an innovative Edge Application or Service that utilizes the ETSI MEC Service APIs provided in the Sandbox. Challenge winning criteria will include:
    • Innovation – how novel is the submitted edge app or service?
    • Usage of MEC Service APIs – especially, the use of multiple service APIs and any interworking between them.
    • Quality – quality of submission deliverables


  • The Open Edge Compute Initiative via the Living Edge Lab at Carnegie Mellon University offers a set of edge-native building block open-source projects. Teams may (optionally) utilize these projects while taking up the hackathon challenge. To see how these can help you, visit: Two projects that are amenable to the Hackathon challenge are:
      • OpenRTiST – a platform for wearable cognitive assistance applications, to transform the live video from a mobile client into the styles of various artworks.
      • OpenScout – an edge-native application designed for automated situational awareness, supporting automated object detection and facial recognition.


  • Teams are not required to use a specific edge hosting platform or MEC lifecycle management APIs. Developers may use any virtualization environment of their choosing. For teams that need an edge hosting or virtualization environment, edge computing resources will be provided by POWDER (Platform for Open Wireless Data-driven Experimental Research), including bare metal, VM and container options. Information can be found here: machines-advanced.html.


  • Teams are encouraged to reuse their existing or past projects with their applications and apply/adapt them to the present challenge.