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Events

On the lookout for new ideas, ZF relies on inspiration from within and without.

Upcoming Events

ZF Ideathon - Bring your ideas to life!

Combining the latest technologies with intelligent, dynamic people is an ideal way to foster future innovation. Join us on our journey to explore new possibilities.


Do you have great ideas that you want to share with the world? Then apply, because we want YOU to help us foster innovation in a company that is 102 years old and known worldwide for its wide-ranging and innovative products. Our mission is Vision Zero – a world with zero accidents and zero emissions. We love technology and want to help society - ZF intends to stay a pioneer in technology with your assistance.


Let’s get together and develop unique concepts. The ZF Ideathon is open to startups and students with a passion for problem solving and an affinity for technology. Let’s make the leap from a concept to a viable product – an exceptional aspect of LIVE Discovery.


March 27 - 28, 2018 (24 hrs)

@Microsoft Campus, Sunnyvale, CA

Please note that we are open for applications until February 28, 2018.

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Creative Algorithms for Zero Accidents

Preventing traffic accidents or at least mitigating their severity are goals that ZF is pursuing. We are developing intelligent assistance systems that enable vehicles to detect risks sooner and react faster and better than humans can. Do you have ideas that could enrich our portfolio and pave the way toward Zero Accidents?

Intelligent Supply Chain Solution

AI is changing the world – not only products but also processes. ZF has more than 240 plants worldwide. Logistics and even purchasing are becoming increasingly complex. Show us how machine learning, deep learning and other AI methods might streamline and automate various processes such as predicting material prices.

New Ideas for Zero Emissions

Vision Zero is an ambitious goal. A mobile world without harmful emissions can only be realized when all vehicles are purely electric. Impossible? Let us know your ideas and thoughts.

Disruptive Business Models

The future will not stand still. The reality is that most companies will need to extend their product portfolio and services offerings. Help us to find a disruptive way to create new business.

Intelligent solutions for ZFs IoT Platform

ZF presented its cloud-based platform for innovative mobility services at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It enables the integration of different functions – from ?fleet management and ride sharing to innovative delivery services. While developing its initial application samples, ZF closely collaborated with startups and innovative mobility suppliers. To make this platform even better, we want your ideas and solutions!

Past Events

ZF Pitch Event India - November 09, 2017

ZF accelerates digitalization and start-up projects in India with an innovation hub and partnership.


An initial taste of upcoming activities of the new ZF Innovation Hub was provided on November 9, 2017, in the form of a pitch event in which 12 Indian start-ups took part.

Read more in the press release

ZF Pitch Night Friedrichshafen - March 10, 2017

Unboxing the Future

More than 50 international start-ups from 15 countries attended the first ZF Pitch Night, which took place in March 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Read more