The hackathon is indicative of a broader effort by Stellantis to use software to transform the driving experience and allow features to flow into vehicles via over-the-air updates. CEO Carlos Tavares has expressed a desire for Stellantis to be an agile “automotive tech company” rather than a “dinosaur” that is slow to adapt.
Some of the hackathon students could help Stellaantis achieve that goal. Several were offered jobs at the company.
“We could see how they worked,” Cross said. “It was really the best interview we could ever give someone because we see them doing the work we would want them to do. So in that respect we were successful and we were able to evaluate them on top of them a lot of fun and we have a cool output of the event.”