OpenHack Göteborg 2017


There are several challenges that we face towards building a sustainable and secure future. These challenges range from poverty, unemployment, epidemics, environmental changes and political instabilities. Multiple organizations and social actors work hard to solve these challenges and to help build a better world, all in their own creative and honorable way. The growing complex and multidimensional nature of these challenges call for new tools and methods to gather knowledge, share information and to leverage data that can increase the efficiency of our work.

The rise of new technology, especially within IT, opens up for new possibilities and ways to meet these challenges, regardless of the field or nature of the problem. Technology and IT open up for great possibilities in our daily life and can be used to help solve many of the challenges we face in the strive for a better tomorrow. The same technology has made it possible for people to collaborate and share their work more effectively and this is something that is perhaps most visible through the concept of Open Source communities.

Even then, the possibilities for coders and tech-volunteers to find available projects are still limited. Aid organizations and social actors clearly express interest to leverage technical solutions to create new solutions, but are often unable to attract the right talent or have a hard time define the project objective. 


The purpose behind OpenHack is to show people interested in programming how they can help to make a difference on both a local and global level with Open Source development as a main toolkit, as well as to show aid organizations, governmental agencies and social actors how tech-volunteers can be a vital part of their work. We aim to create a platform for collaboration, where organizations and tech-volunteers can meet and exchange both ideas and knowledge. 


The areas under focus include disaster management, information sharing, education and social development, all which align with the purpose of Engineers Without Borders Sweden. Case challenges are provided by external partners and anyone can submit a proposal for a challenge, regardless of whether you represent an NGO/aid organisation or national agency, work for a social actor, or want to contribute as a private actor. The challenges for each hackathon are selected based on subject relevance, social impact and technical depth.

Hackathon Overview

The hackathon is free for participants which is why it will seek financial backing from corporate sponsors and rely on goodwill and help from volunteers and other supporting organizations. Food will be provided and sleeping arrangements will also be made. During the hackathon, participants will work actively with a number of established Open Source projects that will be presented in advance.

On the first day (6th October), participants will register and meet their groups and discuss the case they will work on during the hackathon. The cases will be presented to everyone and participants will have the chance to discuss the topics and ask questions from the case contributors. The competition will then begin on the same evening!

On the second day (7th October), participants will work on developing their solutions with the help of coaches.

On the last day (8th October), all teams will present their solutions  to a jury consisting of representatives from the Open Source projects, corporate sponsors and organizers. Categories will consider factors such as innovation, complexity, potential and quality of the contributions and ideas and the winners will be announced on the same evening.

Prizes will partly be extrinsic with tools to keep the project running and/or in the shape of goods and offerings, as well as intrinsic with public credit and recognition in the spirit of Open Source.

We encourage you to stay in the building during the competition but you may as well leave during the night and return in the morning. Since time is of the essence, every hour is important!

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OpenHack Gothenburg 2017 - Challenges

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does It Cost To Participate?

Nothing! It's completely free so make sure to sign up as soon as possible.

I’m Not Sure If I’m Qualified Enough To Join The Hackathon…

Sure you are! What are you talking about? Anyone can help make a difference, which is what we’re all about.

Where Do I Sleep?

At the hackathon facilities. Remember to bring your own sleeping bag and mattress.

Will There Be Food?

Yes! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be cared for. Complimentary snacks and drinks will also be available.

Will There Be Any Prizes?

Other than the feeling of doing something great for someone in need? 
Yes, winners will receive help packages from our corporate sponsors to 
further realize and kick-start their ideas.

Do I Have To Produce A Finished Product During The Hackathon?

No, you have 48 hours at your disposal and your contribution can range anywhere from a powerpoint presenting wireframes/mockups to clickable prototypes/proof-of-concepts to fully functional applications. The more developed the solution is, the better! 

What If I Don’t Have A Team?

You will have the opportunity to meet the other participants on the first day and we will make sure that everyone has a team.

I Don’t Have An 'Idea' To Work On.

No worries, we will make sure you have an project to work on 

When Does The Hackathon Start?

Orientation will be held between 16:00 and 18:00 on Friday, which will be followed by opening ceremony and discussion of cases.

Can I Work On Multiple Projects?

Of course you can. The more ideas you have the more backups you can fall back to if your first choice does not work out.

Who Will Be In The Jury?

Highly positioned representatives from our corporate sponsors and aid organizations.

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Support Us!

We are open for collaboration on many levels!

Our scope is to keep a high level of interaction between our partners
and our participants. We like to see our partners as representantives for
Open Source and as coaches/mentors.  Therefore, we would like interested
partners to partake in the event and help the participants in the
development and comprehension of how Open Source may be used in
both professional as well as non­-profit contexts. 

If physical presence is not possible, we are open to discussing other possibilities. 

A collaboration will benefit your company through a unique
combination of Corporate Social Responsibility and Open Source-focused projects. You will have the possibility to represent your company culture and interact with developers, entrepreneurs and students from all over the region. 

For further information, please contact our Project Manager at or our Partner Coordinator at and we will be happy to discuss a potential partnership with you!

- Help us help the aid organisations to help others!

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Organized by Engineers Without Borders

Annaam Butt

Project Manager

Mårten Skogh

Partner Coordinator

Odzaya Batsaikhan

Case Manager

Mario Pérez Coto

Logistics Manager

Bahareh Mo

Finance Director

Manish Bhanu

PR Manager