Hack for Impact

Join us as we try to solve some of the biggest issues of our time. Hack for Impact is your chance to put your skills to the test. We invite you to join one of our impact tracks that will be lead by an expert. At the end of the day, 8 teams will pitch to the audience and the audience together with a jury will decide the winners. Everyone who signs up on the event list ends up on a waitlist so we can make sure there's enough spots and match you with a team.

Agenda

12:30 - Official opening ceremony and presentation of cases
13:30 - Participants join teams and work on their chosen case
13:30 - 19:30 Hacking, ideating, analyzing and mentoring
19:00 - Cases published on GitHub
19:30 - Finalist pitches
20:30 - Award ceremony

Everything you need to know

  • Bring your own computer
  • The times for the hackathon is between 12:30 - 19:30
  • All the solutions created have to be open source
  • All the communication related to the hackathon will be managed over Slack
  • If you have a hackathon ticket, show it during registration to receive a special hackathon badge
  • All hackathon cases will be published on GitHub

Hackathon cases

Below you'll find four cases that you can work on during Hack for Impact. When you sign up, you'll be able to select which case you'd prefer to work on.

Weather challenge

Major flood events are happening with increasing frequency worldwide, making access to more precise weather information an absolute necessity.Climate mitigation (Sustainability Development Goal No 13) and development of sustainable cities (Sustainability Development Goal No 11) are fundamental to leverage the sustainable communities of the future and to create positive impact for people and the environment. Existing data, obtained from various sources, are important factors to understand the status of societies and the environment, that can be utilized to create value for citizens or decision makers. The challenge is to find a solution that helps people foresee high resolution weather data forecasts short term in order to take appropriate actions.

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Logistics challenge

Your challenge is to come up with a solution that can help detect fraudulent shipments. A solution that can, based on information sharing, alert or detect suspicions behaviors or happenings. Aside allowing players to act on specific shipments, it also enables players to put pressure on each other to share information, which in turn empowers parties to impact supply chains to the better, both ethics and environmentally wise.

An example use-case is the sourcing of conflict minerals. Since each mineral is mined in many different parts of the world and then transported and processed in other locations, a non-transparent supply chain can be exploited to sell irresponsibly mined minerals labeled as responsibly mined.

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Food waste

Globally, about one third of all food produced is wasted. Given that agriculture and food production cause up to 23% of yearly net global greenhouse gas emissions, this (largely avoidable) waste represents an opportunity to eliminate a substantial driver of human-caused climate change. Your challenge is to create a technology-based solution to put an end to food waste in the home.

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Digital health

The healthcare system is facing a digital revolution. Whereas traditional healthcare services required the physical presence of patients, the trend is to provide digital care when possible and physical when needed. Apart from making healthcare more accessible for patients, digital consultations, when used correctly, also allow for increased efficiency. The cost for healthcare is increasing rapidly along with problems such as long waiting times and unsustainably high stress levels among medical personnel. In order to tackle these problems, we believe in working smart and leveraging on all the possibilities digitalization has to offer. Given a brief description of someone’s health issues your challenge is to, in free text, extract relevant medical information from reliable online sources and present it in a safe and easily usable manner.

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We are a non-religious, non-partisan, non-profit Foundation with a strong belief in Effective Altruism. We support and invest in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations, whichever we believe is most likely to have a positive impact on society. Although we are based in Stockholm, Sweden, we see ourselves as world citizens.