Official COVID-19 hackathon in Sweden. 
An initiative by The Swedish Government.


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The new COVID-19 virus is testing our country, our society and us as citizens. Everything normal about our daily lives has been put on hold. Life, health, and jobs are threatened. 

In this critical moment, our task is to work together as a nation to solve one of the biggest crises of our lifetime. Hack the Crisis is an online hackathon organized by DIGGHack for Sweden, Openhack and The Swedish Government

The mission is to design, test and execute ideas for the future of Sweden and the world. We want to gather creative ideas and develop concepts in an attempt to create solutions helping us make further progress in the ongoing resistance. 

This hackathon is a context for all parts of society to contribute – public sector, private sector, academia, non-profit organizations and citizens, who want to join in the fight.

Three main challenges

The hackathon will focus on three main challenges;

  1. Save lives
  2. Save communities
  3. Save businesses

We are looking for and will award ideas, prototypes, and solutions in each of these three challenges that can make peoples' lives easier during the time of a pandemic. 

To participate, you can register either as an individual or as a team, and submit your solution in one of the challenges. Gather your friends, colleagues, and family to register and contribute with your ideas.

The hackathon will be carried out 100% digitally. It will start on April 3rd at 15:00. A more detailed schedule will be released continuously – thank you for your patience.

We have overcome many pandemics before. We will overcome this one as well. 

TBA: Detailed schedule, submission and judging details.


The Prize Money of 150 000 SEK will be split amongst the 6 winning teams, the winner in each challenge and track; Concept Solution & Digital Solution, as well as Save Lives, Save Communities, and Save Business.

From our amazing partners, Additionally, each winning team will get:

  • Access to Consulting / Advisory to further develop the solution
  • Possibility for incubation programs and assistance with go-to-market strategy from our amazing partners. 
  • Access to cloud services and other necessary tools
  • Access to a great network of experts in different areas

The matchmaking process will start on April 7 after the winners are announced.

    FAQ – Frequently asked questions

    What is a hackathon?
    A sprint-like event where participants team up and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, the weekend results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovative usages of tech.

    Who can participate?
    We need a wide variety of skills and backgrounds. Whether you're interested in getting started with your tech journey, learning more or want to test your skills – we need you.

    Do you need to know programming to participate?
    No, there are many other valuable competencies you can bring to a team and a solution. Also, one track in the hackathon will be focused on concept solutions to solve challenges rather than digital prototypes.

    How do I sign up?
    Everyone who wants to join the hackathon needs to sign up individually through the register participation button above. Regardless if you're joining as a team or as an individual. Information regarding team creation will be announced at a later stage.

    Can you participate individually?
    Yes! It is possible to participate and compete on your own.

    How do I find a team?
    We will announce more information on how teams are made on Tuesday, March 31st.

    Is participation free of charge?
    Yes, the hackathon is free to enter.

    Can you participate with an idea / solution that you already started working on?
    Yes, the main focus is to bring forward solutions in the time of a crisis. Although the submission must go in line with the jury criteria (TBA).

    Do you supply any datasets and / or other resources?
    Check out our Inspiration & Resources segment.

    Does the final product / MVP need to be in English?
    No, the final product itself can be in Swedish but the video demo, as well as the communication in both the submission text and video, needs to be in English.

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