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.
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
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
The overall winner of Solve the SDGs will get
- 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.
The winning team will receive 1000 €.
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.
25.3. — 8.4.
Registration for live attendance closes
Registration for online attendance closes
The hackathon begins!
Opening ceremony & team building.
Creating solutions and mentoring.
Project demos, judging and prize ceremony!
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 (email@example.com) by June 4th, 5 pm.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)