Result summary

  • Impact Potential - Connecting all people at home with all people on the road. The problem of unused space in vehicles is not new, but has not yet been solved. This suggests the problem to be rather complex.
  • Technical Complexity & Novelty - integrate map system, communication channels, make accessible for mobile and desktop (all devices), align with data security topics, check legal, find partners, attract users and feed the cat!
  • Prototype Completion - Prototype which shows partly functionality. It's real code, not only a mockup. Can be completed straight forward.
  • Business Plan - Transportion is a massively growing market. Our solution improves regions, empowers shops, helps those who stay at home now and after the crisis. It is absolutely sustainable.


The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a sharp increase in demand for delivery services. Companies are buying new vans to meet the increased demand - but many already existing vehicles are not yet fully loaded.

We solve the problem of increasing demand for delivery in general and for urban-rural exchange in particular: Motivated drivers or commuters publish their unused transport capacities through our system for a more sustainable way of delivery services from A to B.

The Solution

The reason why we wanted to create the cat in a box platform: because we are convinced of the online marketplace for local and eco-friendly space sharing.

When we talk about the problems associated with vehicles and transportation, we often focus on fatal accidents, or air pollution, or traffic jams.We less frequently consider on how much unused and empty space vehicles have. There’s the space the cars themselves occupy. The average car, two hulking tons of steel, is 80 percent empty when it’s being driven by a single person. And most of the day, vehicles like cars or vans are totally empty, absolutely unused while people are working. Even many trains, ships or airplanes have loads of unused and empty space - but that’s another area.

2017 in Germany, per working day, the average commuter in Germany drives 46 km, in 54 minutes for 22 € per vehicle. All 29.4 million German employees commuting 1.5 billion km, in 15,034 person-years, for €646 million.


So what if you'd not drive alone in your car everyday, but take personal goods from someone and transport this as you're driving anyway? So what if you could simply find a ride whenever you need one for transportation needs? That shift has the potential, at least, to revolutionize our streets, save money and create space for a more sustainable world.

cat in a box is a platform to find people who could transport your everyday goods from A to B. You can stay at home, get for example eggs from a rural farmer with no need to leave your house and no extra CO2 pollution. The driver who will ride anyway gets awarded in the app, is being trusted and can make a huge impact to the local communities and humanity.


The Product

Cat in a box is a super easy to use app. Once it’s ready you just need to do this:

If you’re the commuter/driver:

  1. Get the app: just sign up and create a post for your ride
  2. Meet and take over: wait until someone contacts you via mail or phone, then meet to takeover the goods. If no one contacts you, you’re driving anyway
  3. Drive and hand over: drive, hand over the goods and get kudos for your ride

If you’re the one who would need the 'cat in a box' being transported:

  1. Search: see all posts for rides nearby and pick one
  2. Contact: reach out to the driver via mail or phone
  3. Handover: meet the driver and handover the stuff you want to have transported


We motivate the drivers to register their rides by giving them incentives for every transport. In the MVP we show only the drivers view (mobile only). We strongly believe that there is people who want to make an impact and help others - especially in corona times.


Our biggest challenge was for sure effective communication. In a face-to-face hackathon it is much easier to collaborate with others and also to discuss and work effectively. And the time was short, we somehow underestimated the time we've needed for the research and to create the video.

Lessons Learned

We did not give up! We've somehow managed to collaborate and deal with different locations, concerns and deadlines. Next time: more time for the pitch video!

Future Steps

Further business opportunities are: Monetizing the rides, could be interesting for professional transport businesses and also public transport, special transports (e.g. transport your car from south to north, transport a ship/trailer, …). We’ve also considered joint ventures with existing ridesharing platforms, such as Uber, and others, or find partners.


Nadine Minagawa - Design and UX specialist
Barbara Hallama - Agile Coach and Innovation Facilitator
Yan Minagawa - Project Lead and Mobility Creactivist
Tristan Marsell - Frontend BusyBee and Scout for Technologies
Ronan - Technical Allround Weapon
Daniela Hölzer - Marketing and Realworld Connector
Tobias Derksen - Engine Room and Cloud Expert

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