Hack the Pandemic

Sustainability InnoCenter is proud to invite you to 2021’s newest regional level hackathon to find solutions caused by the COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Team up or go solo and create novel ideas with the potential to actually make a difference in the world! We encourage participants to make full use of your skills and competencies and also take these 3 days to learn something new and implement it in the project.No Problems if you are a newbie or a seasoned hacker. We welcome you with open arms (of course virtually!). Create a concept, learn different things and make new friends!

For whom?

Simply anyone. We are looking for ANYONE - from experts, product designers, project managers, business developers, data specialists, UX/UI masters, communication pioneers , programming gurus, health and sustainability experts and more! What matters is your will to push us forward with your input in building real solutions to the challenges presented.

Hack the Pandemic ' is an open non profit event for all those interested in discovering solutions which assist to a  sustainable and safe future!

Therefore if you :

  1. feel like spending few days full of challenges together with other experts
  2. have an idea which you 'd like to develop further.
  3. like to gain new experiences & meet other likeminded individuals
  4. feel like meeting new friends and teammates
  5. have fun and work on your ideas 
  6. make an impact and co-create fantastic social innovations
  7. get great prizes

Then Hack the Pandemic is the right event for you

The event will end up with the contestants presentations and the final prize ceremony - and main winners will have the possibility to work on their ideas together with our partners

  • Any background or interest is welcome
  • Just register well in advance and bring your best mood and smile

The event is free of charge, and will finish with a party. Limited seats available.

If you need more information about the Hack or interested in being a partner please contact:

Join Hack the Pandemic here

All you need to know

Hack the pandemic will be a  100% CYBER hackathon and therefore not any participant restrictions will be on place. For 48 hours, hackers will take part in a 100% virtual hackathon, going from idea to a functional process or solution.

We aim to work in teams & assist society solving some of its main challenges!

Sustainability InnoCenter (SIC) , is a community platform for professionals, academics and idealists which its members and partners work on various projects of United Nations sustainability agenda. The key driver for SIC is to provide new ground to technical concepts and innovative ideas dedicated to the creation of a more sustainable society. SIC is based in the academic town of Uppsala in Sweden and it's dedicated team works with sustainable development, innovation- and project management. SIC's role is to help organizations, companies and municipalities to improve their sustainability profile.

We are looking forward to e-meet you

Sustainability InnoCenter

If you need more information about the Hack or interested in being a partner please contact:

If you need more information about the Hack or interested in being a partner please contact:


Registrations start

From 15th of March you can express your interest by registering your participation on hackthepandemic.se event platform. Feel free to choose one of the challenges presented and bring up your team.  If you do not have a team , please join our Slack group to find other team members as well as get all the information needed during the hack days. 

Looking forward to see you!

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Opening of the Hackathon!

In the Opening Ceremony, we will cover:

  • The general chat channel etiquette everyone needs to follow during the event
  • The event schedule, highlighting the major deadlines
  • Prize categories
  • How to reach out to the organizers in case of questions
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Presentation of the Challenges

The Challenge owners have already presented their challenges on the event platform.

More information on each challenge will be also added on Slack.

At 19:00 o'clock , we will have an open zoom channel where Hackers can meet the challenge owners for asking general questions.   Please note that more specific questions to the challenge owners will be done in separate digital channels.  The challenge owners will also be available on our Slack group to answer to your questions.  For the information meetings we use zoom. Do feel free to install to you computers in case you do not have it. 

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Networking activity - TeamBuild up

Hackers after they have listened to the challenges, will start working on their ideas. Teams can be continuously formed via our Slack channel. Some of you have their own ideas and teams and some others are willing to join teams. If interested in joining a team please shout out loud in Slack so others can see you that you are looking to strengthen your team with other competences.  

If you need any help from the organizers , you know where to find us.

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Start thinking of your ideas and see you tomorrow!!

Hackers, continue building up your teams and start thinking of your ideas. Sleep on them ...and see you tomorrow

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Good morning Hackers!

Continue thinking on your solutions after the first mentor check point you had yesterday! :). And see you in a bit!!

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Some of our partners present themselves!

Feel free to take a brake (grab a coffee and a sandwich )  and listen to some short presentations of the Hackathon partners .

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Mentor checkpoint 1

Each team will have one or more private mentors. Each mentor will have a slot where the team will need to join and discuss with their mentors and challenge owners on their ideas, get feedback and ask questions. 

You can find more information on Slack. 

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Digital Seminar and lunch

This is the time we all need to have our lunch. Why not to combine your lunch together  with an interesting seminar on Lean process? Negentropy AB and Christina Kouvela (also presenting the SenseTive Challenge) will give us a few minutes inspirational presentation on the Lean method. 

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Teams continue hacking

Open slot for questions

This is the open Slots for any questions to the Hackathon coordinators. It is Saturday evening so why not to combine it with some music , a glass of wine and some chips? We can' go out anyway :-)

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Hey there are you awake ?

We hope you have now started formulating your thoughts. Feel free to chat with any of us on Slack if you need any more information! 

We can have some private chats if you are interested. Always with a cup of coffee!!

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Mentor checkpoint 2

Teams will have a second round of meetings with their mentors , and if needed the challenge owners.  We will use zoom for these meetings. 

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Digital lunch

Bring your lunch in front of your screens and lets have a zoom lunch together. Will be fun to meet you!

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Communication with challenge owners and mentors

Teams can feel free to communicate with the challenge owners and mentors separately!Teams can start finalizing their ideas , come in contact with the challenge owners and their mentors . Time is approaching so use your time wisely!

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Submission of the solutions

By this time all teams need to submit their ideas. Each team will need to provide a max 6 minute film where you present your team , the challenge you have chosen, your solution, and how you envision your next steps. You also need to answer briefly the questions that will provided in the chat booth.

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Jury goes through the submitted ideas

The jury members will start receiving your ideas and will have half a day to adjust their time for the judgement. 

The three finalists will not be announced today. 

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Open room for the teams and closing the day

At this open room participants can meet and have open discussions. We will also close the day so we have time to go through and evaluate your submissions.

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Jury sends their score to the coordinators

By this time the jury will have sent their score and comments to the Hackathon coordinators.  The coordinators will gather all the judgments and will come with a final score to the top three submissions 

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Presentation of the TOP 3 solutions.

The Top  3 selected challenges (those which scored higher from the jury)  will be invited to talk about their ideas live!

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Announcement of the Hack the Pandemic Winners

Post Hackathon process!

After the hackathon:Partners support the finalist teams in developing the ideas into useful solutions .

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