Shape the future, change the world.

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The future looks uncertain, and that’s a good thing — it means it’s not fixed. It means we can shape it. In the right hands, in our hands, the future can be molded into something we can’t wait to live in.

It’s time to get those hands dirty.

Solve the SDGs is a hackathon where we focus on shaping a better future by creating solutions for reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It’s a hackathon for people, who want to make a difference. For people, who don’t want to watch the world burn, but to change it for the better.

It may seem like an insurmountable task. No one can change the world alone, let alone in one weekend. But together with bright minds from all over the world, world-class mentors, and sufficient data, we can take a step or two in the right direction — and that’s how every important journey starts.

SDGs = Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations offer a blueprint for achieving a more sustainable future. The 17 different goals address the most severe challenges our world is facing. Solving these goals requires balancing social, economic and environmental sustainability - and some great innovations from all over the world.

Aalto University is the first Finnish university to sign universities’ global Sustainability Development Goals Accord committing to advance the SDGs as part of teaching, research, innovation activities, and campus development.

Read more about SDGs: https://sdgs.un.org/goals

Challenges

Smart and Sustainable cities, SDG 11

How to co-create smart and sustainable solutions to smart city by engaging, empowering and inspiring citizens to commit to solving the SDGs in cities – Case example Espoo.

Challenge by City of Espoo

Climate crisis as a human rights issue, SDG 13

Create an easy-to-use digital solution to help communities in the Horn of Africa to increase their resilience against the increasing damages caused by climate change.

Challenge by KYMPPI-hanke and Deaconess Foundation

Energy revolution, now. SDG 7 (Target 7.3)

Imagine opportunities for saving and generating energy to achieve energy independence in the EU.

Challenge by Aalto University

Real world interaction, SDG 3, 4 and 5

Advance a sustainable development goal by designing an application for a real world interaction device.

Challenge by Ai2Ai

Peaceful and sustainable Ukraine, SDG 16

Join the effort to help Ukraine by creating innovative interventions to reduce suffering, meet acute needs and repair what the war has destroyed.

Challenge by Peace Invaders, Wicked Helsinki & Color Up Peace

Prizes

The overall winner of Solve the SDGs will get

- 3.000€
- a golden ticket to Junction 2022

All challenge winners are also awarded by the challenge partners.


KYMPPI-hanke and Deaconess Foundation

First prize: 1.000€ for the winning team.
The best three teams will win an opportunity to discuss and present their solution to the experts of the Helsinki Deaconess Foundation & KYMPPI-project partners.


City of Espoo

Winning team will be rewarded 100 € gift card per member.


Aalto University

The winning team will receive 1000 €.


Ai2Ai

The winning team will get a 500€ cash prize and a Pall0 devkit device (worth 590€) as soon as it is ready to launch, as well as an invitation to a development workshop to discuss the idea further and possibly sell it.


Peace Invaders, Wicked Helsinki & Color Up Peace

Sharing the joy of doing something potentially great. We will also provide the winning team with a possibility for further mentoring with peace tech experts and IDBM program at Aalto University.

Schedule

25.3. — 8.4.
Registration period

Friday 8.4.
Registration for live attendance closes

Sunday 17.4.
Registration for online attendance closes

Friday 22.4.
The hackathon begins!
Opening ceremony & team building.

Saturday 23.4.
Creating solutions and mentoring.

Sunday 24.4.
Project demos, judging and prize ceremony!

Credits for students

Students of Aalto University

Aalto students
can earn two credits in the form of the course TU-E4011 High Growth Entrepreneurship with varying content. To earn the credits, use the Yoop-tool (available in Finnish https://yoop.fi/testaa-yrittajyytesi/ and English https://yoop.fi/en/self-assesment/) to validate your learning. In the free text fields, use examples of and tell about your experience at Solve the SDGs, with a grand total of at least 1500 words — this basically works as an essay divided into sections. Download your results as a pdf and send it to Lauri Järvilehto (lauri.jarvilehto@aalto.fi) by June 4th, 5 pm.

Other Students

We cannot guarantee credits to other than Aalto University students. Students outside Aalto University must then negotiate the credits with their own educational institute. The Yoop-tool (available in Finnish https://yoop.fi/testaa-yrittajyytesi/ and English https://yoop.fi/en/self-assesment/) can be used to validate your learning, and the results can be used to demonstrate your entrepreneurial competence. Please be in touch with your professor to agree on practicalities.

Students of Aalto University

Aalto students can earn two credits in the form of the course TU-E4011 High Growth Entrepreneurship with varying content. To earn the credits, use the Yoop-tool (available in Finnish https://yoop.fi/testaa-yrittajyytesi/ and English https://yoop.fi/en/self-assesment/) to validate your learning. In the free text fields, use examples of and tell about your experience at Solve the SDGs, with a grand total of at least 1500 words — this basically works as an essay divided into sections. Download your results as a pdf and send it to Lauri Järvilehto (lauri.jarvilehto@aalto.fi) by June 4th, 5 pm.

Other students

We cannot guarantee credits to other than Aalto University students. Students outside Aalto University must then negotiate the credits with their own educational institute. The Yoop-tool (available in Finnish https://yoop.fi/testaa-yrittajyytesi/ and English https://yoop.fi/en/self-assesment/) can be used to validate your learning, and the results can be used to demonstrate your entrepreneurial competence. Please be in touch with your professor to agree on practicalities.
Students of Aalto University
Other students

FAQs

Who can participate?

The hackathon is open for participants from all backgrounds; no prior hacking experience is necessary. Since we’re not looking for technical submissions only — anyone can play a part in solving these problems. As long as you’re a team player who thinks the world could be a better place, you’re more than welcome to join!

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a fast-paced event, where participants team up to create solutions and concepts from scratch in a short amount of time, addressing current problems. There are hackathons of various lengths and types, but one common characteristic of them is, that they are centered around a specific theme.

For example, Solve the SDGs focuses on sparking solutions to tackle the challenges on our way to reach the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

Do I need a team to participate?

You can sign up as an individual or as a ready team of up to 5 members. If you sign up on your own, you can find a team on the first hackathon day at team building.

What kind of solutions are accepted?

We’re not looking for technical submissions only and your solution could be for example a concept, app idea, product or platform - basically anything as long as it contributes to the chosen challenge and the matching SDG! Each team will pitch their final ideas with two-minute videos on the final day.

How does a hybrid hackathon work?

For the full hackathon experience you can join us on the Aalto University campus at Startup Sauna in Espoo, Finland. Meet up with other hackers, enjoy the atmosphere and complimentary hacking snack!

But if you can’t join us physically, you can join us from anywhere as long as you have a computer with an internet connection. We also recommend having headphones at hand for smooth communication with the team. Participants will receive a more detailed guide on the practicalities prior to the event. Since everything happens online, you do not need to be in any specific place to join. However, do note that all the program times are in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST, UTC+3)

Who can participate?

The hackathon is open for participants from all backgrounds; no prior hacking experience is necessary. Since we’re not looking for technical submissions only — anyone can play a part in solving these problems. As long as you’re a team player who thinks the world could be a better place, you’re more than welcome to join!

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a fast-paced event, where participants team up to create solutions and concepts from scratch in a short amount of time, addressing current problems. There are hackathons of various lengths and types, but one common characteristic of them is,that they are centered around a specific theme.

For example, Solve the SDGs focuses on sparking solutions to tackle the challenges on our way to reach the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

Do I need a team to participate?

You can sign up as an individual or as a ready team of up to 5 members. If you sign up on your own, you can find a team on the first hackathon day at team building.

What kind of solutions are accepted?

We’re not looking for technical submissions only and your solution could be for example a concept, app idea, product or platform - basically anything as long as it contributes to the chosen challenge and the matching SDG! Each team will pitch their final ideas with two-minute videos on the final day.

How does a hybrid hackathon work?

For the full hackathon experience you can join us on the Aalto University campus at Startup Sauna in Espoo, Finland. Meet up with other hackers, enjoy the atmosphere and complimentary hacking snack!

But if you can’t join us physically, you can join us from anywhere as long as you have a computer with an internet connection. We also recommend having headphones at hand for smooth communication with the team. Participants will receive a more detailed guide on the practicalities prior to the event. Since everything happens online, you do not need to be in any specific place to join. However, do note that all the program times are in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST, UTC+3).
Who can participate?
What is a hackathon?
Do I need a team to participate?
What kind of solutions are accepted?
How does a hybrid hackathon work?

Partners

Logo, City of EspooLogo, Ministry of foreign affairs of FinlandLogo, Deaconess FoundationLogo, Aalto University
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