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22. – 24.03.2024

Solve the SDGs is a 48-hour hackathon on two continents for one purpose: creating solutions to real sustainability challenges provided by our partner organizations.

Work together with global talent and expert mentors, build something that will make the world a better place, and compete for a main prize of 5000€.

First prize
5000€

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The future seems like a long way off, but it’s our actions today that dictate what tomorrow will be like. The world can’t afford to wait for perfect solutions to emerge. By acting now, we can make small changes that could snowball into big ones — and even solve big problems before they become too big to solve.

If you want to save the future, there’s no time like the present.

Solve the SDGs is a hackathon where we start the work towards a better tomorrow today by creating solutions for our partner organizations in order to move towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This year, Solve the SDGs is organized simultaneously in Finland and India, enabling a broader impact and providing the participants of both countries with new perspectives.

Together with bright minds from all over the world, expert mentors, and sufficient data, we can take a step toward a better future. Like every journey, the first step is the most important — and now is the time to take it.

First prize
5000€

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: sdgs.un.org/goals

Challenges

For this event, we require a physical presence at one of our hubs.
Online participation is not possible.

Finland
India

Main Prize


3000 €
& Golden Ticket to Junction


The Golden Ticket includes:
- Automatic acceptance to world's leading hackathon, Junction 2023 in Helsinki, Finland
- Full accommodation provided by Junction
- An exclusive tour to the Junction & Startup Sauna HQ
- Junction's champions dinner for the winning teams
- Travel grant (max. 200 € per team, depending on where team is from)

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).

FAQ


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a fast-paced event, where participants team up to create solutions andconcepts from scratch in a short amount of time, addressing current problems. Thereare 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 onsparking solutions to tackle the challenges on our way to reach the SustainableDevelopment Goals set by the United Nations.

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!

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.

Credits for students

While solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, you can also earn 1 ECT credit from Solve the SDGs. Win-win!

Students of Aalto University
Aalto students can earn one credit in the form of the course TU-E4011 High Growth Entrepreneurship with varying content. To earn the credit, 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, tell about your experience at Solve the SDGs and use examples from the event with 2-3 chapters of text per question — 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 May 4th, 5 pm.

Other students
We cannot guarantee credits to other than Aalto University students. Students outside Aalto University can negotiate for it 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 own professor to agree on practicalities.

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