As part of the lighthouse project Innovative Nordic digital solutions, Nordic Innovation and partners are proud to present Hack4Norden, a Nordic challenge on data driven innovation.
Slush, Exhibition and Convention Center, Helsinki, Finland
Eight Nordic hack teams will compete to become the Hack4Norden champion 2016. The eight teams, two each from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, qualified for the competition by winning their national hackathons.
Download a presentation of the eight hacker teams here (PDF).
The finalists won tickets and travel expenses to go to Slush, as well as professional pitching preparation and business development mentoring.
A Nordic jury will decide on the top three teams, who will win 125.000 NOK, 75.000 NOK and 50.000 NOK in business development support
The pitching will take place at Hall 2 at the Slush venue 1 December from 12.00 to 14.00 CET+1 (local Finnish time). Join the event on Facebook.
Innovation driven by data
Data is emerging as one of the most important drivers of innovation. Some call it “the new oil”, an “economic super driver” and a “future x-factor”. Nordic Innovation acknowledges the innovation potential of data, and is therefore taking the initiative for Hack4Norden – a Nordic open data innovation competition. Building on the 2015 Nordic Open Data Week initiative, we have strengthened the collaboration with public organisations arranging hackathons in the Nordic countries to create the Hack4Norden challenge.
The goal is to support the development of new innovative companies and to show the value and possibilities of data, as well as to push the acknowledgement of data utilisation in public and private organisations. All the solutions and ideas competing at Hack4Norden have a Nordic dimension – either solving a societal challenge or elevating the region’s cultural heritage.
Hack4Norden is part of the lighthouse project Innovative Nordic Digital Solutions initiated by the Nordic Ministers of Business, with the overall goal of developing the Nordic region into a pioneer region for new and innovative digital solutions.
The winning team must present an idea with a clear business potential. The idea should ideally be scalable and there shouldbe a well-defined business plan. The winning team must be able to present what problem they are solving, how theyare solving it and who the customers are.
The Nordic countries are very similar in social and economic structures. The winning team must present an idea or solution applicable as well as demanded in all the Nordic countries.
Innovation and creativity
The winning team must present an idea or solution that creatively solves a problem and benefits the end user by combining data in new ways and/or by rethinking its service design. The best solution or idea must be an eye-opener.
Nordic partners and participating events
The following organisations and events are working together with Nordic Innovation in realizing the Hack4Norden 2016 challenge: