Challenges

Nordic Smart City Hack is all about sustainability, inclusion and innovation, as well as creating practical tools for the good of society. Our overall framework is the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on smarter cities.

The five challenges available to compete in have been set to provide a broad range of possible problem statements to hack that are relevant for all Nordic countries. 

Each category includes a number of problem statements as examples you can choose to compete with, or you can formulate your own problem statement within one of the five challenges.
 

Labour market | Health | Mobility | Cultural life | Neighbourhood 
 

A smarter labour market

  1. How can the citizens educate themselves and acquire new skills and knowledge to enable new job opportunities in different industries? 
  2. How do we ensure that newcomers who do not know the language have equal opportunities to access the labour market? 
  3. How do we increase the employability of jobseekers? 
  4. How do we develop a matchmaking solution that links the interests of young people with companies in order to enable contact, internships or jobs?

A better city for health

  1. What can be done to help address the problem of loneliness among the elderly?
  2. How can we detect future health problems faster? 
  3. How do we counteract mental illness among young people?
  4. How can we make sure our healthcare services have the right resources at the right time? 
  5. How do we encourage our citizens to be more physically active at a time when everything is becoming more digital?
  6. How do we recruit more efficiently when it comes to healthcare?

Mobility of tomorrow

  1. How do we make our public transport systems more effective, equitable, safe and secure?
  2. How do we create a simpler and more efficient way of travelling?
  3. How can we use new technology for smarter mobility?

A new place for cultural life

  1. How do we make cultural experiences a greater digital experience?
  2. How do we ensure that cultural experiences are accessible to all of society? 
  3. How can libraries adapt their role in the future city?

Be a smart neighbour

  1. Can we create a platform that enables households to actively reduce their costs and consumption?
  2. How can we help reduce our neighbourhood’s carbon footprint by encouraging collaboration?
  3. How can we contribute to a more circular economy and society? 
  4. How can we ensure our city is safe for our kids, for example, when going to and from school?
  5. How do we create safer public spaces and streets?
  6. How can we make the city even more connected?