Hackathons are a new platform for citizen-driven innovation – where public, private and academic sector come together to interact and collaborate with citizens to create a Sweden for tomorrow.

Last weekend (15/16 february) Hack for Gävle was held at Clarion Winn City Conference in Gävle with over 50 participants from all over the world. The 24-hour hackathon was a government mission raised to increase the awareness and use of open data and focused on the theme “How can data be used in an innovative way to create smart cities?”

– Hack for Gävle is a great way to challenge yourself and your creativity, but also an excellent opportunity to meet new people and make connections outside of your usual professional circle, says Henrik Dahl, CEO of FPX. The idea for this event was to engage citizens who have ideas for today’s and tomorrow’s society. It was a very interesting event and the outcome was very rich.


From Saturday morning to Sunday lunch the participants worked on four different challenges: “Schools of tomorrow”, “A better city for elders”, “Be a smart neighbor” and “A Good start”, a question about how to make internships attractive and meaningful for all. Several different open data sources were provided to the teams by amongst others Gävle Innovation Arena, Digg, Swedish Employment Agency, Västra Götalandsregionen, Municipality of Gävle and SCB.

The winning idea “A good map”.

The team behind the idea consists of an engineer, one schoolteacher, a project manager and a strategic advisor. The winners will in addition to the price sum of 15.000 SEK receive business coaching by Gävle based incubator Movexum and one month of office hot desk at Do Space.

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