Smart City Hack

2–6 November

In the Nordics we have built a global powerhouse at the forefront of innovation, sustainability and standard of living. By 2030 it is estimated that our Nordic cities will have grown by 10% and 60% of the world’s population will move into urban areas. This progress brings possibilities, but also challenges. 

From mobility to health, from the big city to your local neighbourhood – what solutions do you think will make our cities even smarter and better to live in?

We need you to help us build the future of our cities. Join us and let’s get hacking, for a better, more united and smarter city!


Nordic Smart City Hack is a 48-hour online hackathon 2–6 November, where citizens from all five Nordic countries will come together and collaborate to create innovative and sustainable digital solutions for smarter cities. Anyone from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland can apply to join the hack, either solo or as a team. This hackathon will take place alongside the H22 summit organised by our collaborating partner H22 Helsingborg, read more below.

The mission for Nordic Smart City Hack is to connect the smart city ecosystems of the Nordic countries and to create real sustainable solutions for the future cities of the Nordics. In a globalised post-corona world it is more important than ever to join forces and create solutions that can scale in more than one country – because we are stronger together.

Together as a region we have greater possibilities to find the solutions we need, that can address the challenges we face now – and in the future.
Read more about this hackathon and our mission here.


This hackathon consists of five challenges that you can work on:

  • A smarter labour market 
  • A better city for health 
  • Mobility of tomorrow 
  • A new place for cultural life
  • Be a smart neighbour

Read more about each challenge here.

Picture of the five challenges.

The 5 Challenges, download picture from press section.

Become a mentor

Do you master any specific skill or knowledge that could help our hackers in their process of creating sustainable solutions for our smarter cities? We are looking for subject matter experts, software and tech specialists, business and marketing professionals and much more. Take the leap and share your skills!

Become a partner

As a partner, you have an important role to play in this. We need your help in several areas and every contribution counts. Additionally, becoming a partner provides your organisation with a unique opportunity to work and interact with thousands of developers, designers and business talents.

Examples of areas partners can support:

  • Prize(s) to winning teams
  • Tools for the hackers (trials, open data, credits, etc.)
  • Mentors or jury members (key competencies valuable to the hackers)
  • Incubation programme and/or go-to-market support
  • Live-streamed sessions or workshops for the hackers

When you have decided if/how you can contribute, and made your registration, you will receive more information on how to proceed.


12 October

Application to participate in the hackathon opens

Application to register as a hacker, apply to become a mentor and sign up as a partner opens.

22 October

Open brainstorming opens

Information regarding how to join the open brainstorming will be sent out to everyone who has signed up. Make sure you are registered to not miss out!

29 October

Application to be a part of the matchmaking closes!

Deadline for signing up to be a part of the hackathon and get help to find team members through the matchmaking. From now and up until the hackathon starts you can only sign up as a full team, solo or take own responsibility of finding other team members from those who already are registered.

30 October

Hackathon related info announced & Slack opens

Information regarding categories, challenges, jury criteria, Slack and schedule for the weekend will be announced.

1 November

Matchmaking finalised and teams announced

Matchmaking is finalised and information regarding teams, further collaboration and communication within the team on Slack and initial submission will be sent via email.

2 November

Hackathon starts!

More information and detailed schedule will be updated closer to the hackathon start. Stay safe and stay tuned!

Picture of people sitting and coding
Photo: Hack for Sweden


The Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute is a public agency that promotes interest and trust in Sweden around the world. We work in the fields of culture, education, science, innovation and business to strengthen international relations and development.

We build lasting relations between Sweden and other countries in order to increase interest in Sweden. To this end, we share information, develop skills, promote cultural exchange and cooperation, and provide funding and grants. We support and collaborate with businesses, universities, cultural institutions and Swedish embassies around the world.


H22 City Expo is an international event in Helsingborg, Sweden, in 2022. But H22 is also the journey that takes us there, and where it leads us in the future.

Helsingborg, Sweden is a city at the forefront of innovation. A test bed for collaborating on smart solutions. In Helsingborg, we’re transforming our work culture to ensure we have the support and courage to push the boundaries of what’s possible – all with the goal of improving life for the city’s people!

Everyone that takes a part of the hackathon also gets free tickets to join the H22 Summit. More information about the summit and H22 can be found here.

The Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official body for inter-governmental co-operation in the Nordic Region. It seeks Nordic solutions wherever and whenever the countries can achieve more together than by working on their own.