What is a hackathon?

A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the weekend results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovative usages of tech.

What is a smart city?

A smart city is a city that utilises digitalisation and new technology to simplify and improve the life for its citizens, visitors and businesses. A smart city is also a sustainable city. Through connectivity, innovation, open data, creativity and technology, we build smarter nordic cities for our future. Does the future lie in replacing street lamps with bio-luminescent algae? Creating more stylish solar panels and installing them on to the roof of every building? Local garden and greenhouse initiatives? How can the infrastructure access, safety, health and more issues be solved by connectivity and innovation for our future cities?  Bring your most creative and wild ideas as we set out to imagine what solutions drive us into the future.

When and where will the Nordic Smart City Hack take place?

The Nordic Smart City hack is a 48-hour online hackathon between 2-6 November. The hackathon will start with an opening ceremony on 2 November at 18:00 CET and end with a prize ceremony on 6 November.

Do you need to know programming to participate?

No, your solution does not need to be built on code. There are also many other valuable competencies you can bring to a team and a solution. Anyone, regardless of background and previous experience, can apply.

Can anyone apply to join this hackathon? 

This hackathon focuses on the Nordic countries and therefore citizens from all Nordic Countries; Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland are welcome to apply. There are a limited amounts of spots per country so make sure you sign up before they are filled up.  

Can I sign up as an individual?

Yes, when signing up you can choose to sign up as solo.

How do I sign up?

Everyone who wants to join the hackathon needs to sign up individually through the ‘Register as a hacker‘ button on the front page. When signing up, you can fill in if you’re joining as a full team or solo. Matchmaking is now closed but if you would like to find other team members you can always post in our slack channel #find-new-members.

I signed up quite late, can I still participate?

Yes, you can sign up to be a part of the hackathon until 2 November at 23.59 CET. However note that the matchmaking is closed and you are therefore not guaranteed to get any help to find team members. You can either sign up as a full team or solo or take your own responsibility of finding new team members. You can always use our Slack channel #find-new-members to find other possible team members.  

Does the solution need to be built on code?

No, the solution does not need to be technical, meaning that you don’t need to build your solution on code. Regardless if you want to participate and create a technical solution based on code or a concept without code, everyone needs to send in a video and a one-pager as a part of the final submission. The video can consist of either a classic demo (for technical solutions with code) or on a similar way to demonstrate your concept in relation to the criteria (be innovative, examples could be, fly drones to show your solution, a short film, a selfie video explaining and showing the solution etc)  

Who will own the intellectual property created during the hackathon and who has the rights to it?

It is always the team who owns the solution and rights to it.However good to know is that your final submission including the video presentation/demo and the one-pager will be published on our website openly for everyone to take apart of but if you build your solution on code, this is not required to share.

Is participation free of charge?

Yes, the hackathon is free to enter.

Do you supply any datasets and / or other resources?

Yes, we have both resources, toolkits and open data sets for you get inspired by. Explore different types articles, use-cases, TED talks, blogposts and research on smarter cities, or take a look att all the suggested open data sets. Get your inspiration here.