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Hackathon Turku

Are you the winner? Bring your best ideas for engaging people in energy issues

To whom?

The challenge is open to students, companies, organizations as well as other groups or individuals who want to solve the challenge.


Energy is now part of everyone’s daily life, but it is not tangible. Still, it has an impact on our wallets and our environment. To be able to drive the change and participate in the green transition, citizens should gain an understanding of energy and climate change so that they

a) can and want to make a difference
b) know what they can do and
c) know how their actions have an impact.

Any new action should be integrated into the natural way of doing things, effortlessly and easily in everyday life. To do this, a tool is needed to measure, demonstrate, explain, remind and communicate the impact of different actions.


With the Hackathon, ENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE-TURKU RESPONSE HACKATHON 2023, we are searching for digital solutions, which would get people thinking about energy issues and monitoring the impact of their behavior. The solution can use gamification, social media, AR, VR, or MR technologies, 3D models, 360 images, etc. Most importantly, the new solution should encourage residents to monitor and pay attention to their energy consumption, help change consumption habits, demonstrate and visualize the impact of different actions, and engage and activate individual and collective action.

How and When?

Turku University of Applied Sciences and City of Turku will organize a hackathon, which includes a two-day event. During the event a maximum of 4 proposals will be awarded with prizes after public feedback and a jury decision. The hackathon is divided in different phases:

  1. Submission of concept papers, of which max. 15 best teams will be chosen to participate in the hackathon event
  2. Kick-off webinar to give the background information
  3. Hackathon event
    • During the Day 1 all invited participants will develop their solution and pitch it to the jury. 10 best teams will be chosen to continue to the Day 2
    • During the Day 2 chosen 10 teams will develop their solution further and create a video pitching for jury and public
  4. Online public hearing of the solutions for two weeks
  5. The winner and runners-up will be awarded in a final event

The hackathon will be held in English and Finnish, and the solutions can be delivered in either of these languages.  Meals and refreshments will be provided for free on premises during the main hackathon event.


The total prize money for the hackathon is 16 000 €. The prize money for the winners is distributed in the following way:

Access to the rules and registration: 

Organizers : Turku University of Applied Sciences and City of Turku

Submission of the concept paper and contacts:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement nº 957751. The document represents the view of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility: it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). The European Commission and the Agency do not accept responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.