Shape the future of production: Teach cameras to help operators

We at Bayer are fascinated with the rapid advancements in technology.

Six teams joined our Digital4Eyes competition, to solve challenges in image recognition!

Thanks to the 6 finalists who gave their best in an exciting event and congratulations to the winning Team Jiglabs!


The challenge

Build a mobile and versatile digital prototype that performs a 4-eyes-check which can be used in many different scenarios and be trained by any qualified employee.

Your Digital4Eyes solution should cover two aspects

Capture the situation with a mobile camera, process the image, and perform the actual check. The result of the check either confirms or rejects the finding of the operator. It ends with the documentation of the Ditigal4Eyes check.

Learning makes these solutions versatile. Qualified personnel must be able to train the Digital4Eyes solution on new scenarios without the support of experts.

Participants have to present a prototype consisting of all necessary hardware (see Industry Partnersand software to learn and perform double checks.


Bayer will provide three scenarios to develop, train, and test Digital4Eyes solutions: 
scenario 1

Check the actual status of a setting or machine

Recognize the state of a system and confirm if it is in the desired state or not.

scenario 2

Inspect equipment after cleaning

Recognize if a polished surface is clean. Differentiate shadows or reflections from product residue.

scenario 3

Inspect machines after clearance

Identify blisters, cartons, leaflets or parts of them in a production line to make sure the all these items are cleared during the transition from one package run to the next.


During the final event these scenarios will be used to evaluate the solutions. The flexibility of the solutions will be tested using variations of the three scenarios.

For more information about provided materials and other important questions have a look at our FAQs. To learn more about specific challenge conditions download our factsheet here.



And the Winner is…

6 finalist teams from 4 countries aimed to solve the Digital4Eyes Challenge.

In 3 Months, the participants developed real functioning innovation, pioneering technology and automation for life science production.

The innovators presented their technology at the Cube Tech Fair 2018 in Berlin to representatives from key industry leaders, start-ups and institutions.

The top three received an award of 40.000€, 20.000€ and 15.000€ respectively.
A further 10.000 € was awarded to each three remaining finalists.

What's next?

Bayer starts exploring ways to implement the winning solutions in its facilities within a reasonable time.

Finalist Competition Event & Award Ceremony

May 15-16 2018, CUBE Tech Fair

Watch the highlights of our finalist event in Berlin!

CUBE is a global innovation ecosystem that connects all the dots in today’s industry.

The Finalists


Team Lead: Petri Hassinen


Team Lead: Ricardo Santos


Team Lead: Leo Paillier


Team Lead: Oliver Flasch

Deep Learning Vision Specialists

Team Lead: Jörg Friedrich


Team Lead: Marc Henzler

Jury Statement

The jury was impressed by international and highly passionate teams. We saw cutting edge technologies packed into mobile solutions close to application. In particular, computer vision algorithms powered by AI excelled in versatility and accuracy.

Industry partners

Partnering with industry technology suppliers in this competition is highly recommended.

To support this we will continue to expand the list of collaborating partners published below. In case you want to partner with them and get their support please contact them directly. Collaborating partners will support selected teams by their own choice.

We are also happy to share our extended network of contacts with you, feel free to contact us depending on your needs.

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