Hack for Sweden is an initiative to raise awareness and demonstrate the value of government agencies open data. It is a community consisting of over 30 government agencies and individuals who want to create sustainable impact with the tool of open data.

An annual 48-hour hackathon is the core event of Hack for Sweden.

The Hack for Sweden Award

Momentum AI with Match Yourself
Motivation: "They found a way to solve a big social problem and a big challenge and they did it by finding a way to quicker find the right job. They used innovative technology like machine learning and they did it with a unique combination of personality testing plus company culture."

The service let's you walk through a proven scientific method for understanding the personal traits by asking 20 question and by combining Arbetsförmedlingen APIs (ontology and real-time job api) we collect information about matching words used to describe certain job categories to get a personality score of a job to be match with. This is futher analysed to get the top matching jobs for the person at hand.
Eric Leijonmarck Birger Moëll Viktor Qvarfordt Anton Osika

Best Visualization/data analysis

Overstellar with Biologg
Motivation: "By using existing needs and data from government agencies, adding engaging interfaces with gamification, taking it to the next level. Collecting information literally from the grassroots and aggregating to scientists and decision makers. With an innovative mindset and digital competence but also a strong focus on the relevant technologies - the nature itself is in 3D after all."
Daniel Eriksson Anna-Karin Bergkvist Sini Tinfors

Best use of deep tech

None with Resilient distributed crisis information
Motivation: “In the jury we have today seen a lot of different teams present different solutions on how to react in a crisis situation. The challenge is this; when crisis strikes the first thing that goes down is usually the networks. So for our Deep tech prize we have decided to focus on the team behind resilient distributed crisis information, that focus on infrastructure and standing the frictions of infrastructure."
Johan Dahlberg Robin Audeer Steinar Sturlaugsson

Best benefit for the public

Division by Zero with Location rank
Motivation: “There is a lot of ongoing debate in the world about the future of jobs. We stand before a divided, unsure and ever changing employment market. With this as backdrop, the winners of the Benefit for the Public Award want to make available a platform to nurture entrepreneurship and make it more possible to pursue and monetize everyone’s own personal dream.” Ludvig Persson Rafal Paliwoda Anton Fenske

Participants choice award

Delta with the solution Delta
Alexander Tuoma Jonas Valfridsson Karl-Oskar Rikås Emelie Lou-Lou Pei Isak Lindhé Jesper Fridedors


Friday April 13th

16:30 - Registration and exhibition
Register, mingle, find your team mates and take the opportunity to meet our government agencies at the exibition, check out their data!

18.00 - Opening ceremony
Challenges will be presented and speakers will be revealed later.

19.30 -

00.00 - Tournament X
The rules are simple. The crowd has never been as big. Tournament X will be announced closer to midnight.

Saturday April 14th

10:00 - Copernicus
Annekatrin Debien from the EU comission will present the open satellite data generated by the European program Copernicus. .

10:30 - The Swedish eco-system for CivicTech
Magnus Enzell at the Finance department presents the Gartner study on open data in Sweden and which authorities and municipalities that are mature to work data-driven.

13:00 - Blockchain panel discussion
The industry experts of the panel are:


14:00 - Open Space
Open space activity in the exibition area.

Participants track

16:00 - Capture The Flag
Are you stuck and need a break from your ongoing work? Try out the CTF challenges provided by MLH (Major League Hacking) and test your hacking skills.

17.00 - Pitch coaching
Tomorrow mornings Jury Walk is approaching. If you want to nail it you need a pitch, an outstanding pitch. Meet Neal, our pitch coach!

21:00 - Devpost run-through
Recomanded to send one of your team mates to this quick session to make sure you are up to date on what info to post on Devpost, what it will be used for, and how to do it.

00:00 - Mission Y
The mission will be announced closer to midnight

Sunday April 15th

10:00 -

11:00 - Pitch Coaching
Do you think you are one of the finalists? Make sure to appriach Neal to make your stage pitch even more awesome!

13:00 - The Grand Pitch
The 10 finalists pitch their solutions on stage.

14:45 - Coding in the Dark with 46elks
20 contestants will compete in the coding challenge, watch live on stage!

15:30 - Prize ceremony
Prize ceremony and photoshoot

16:30 - See you at Hack for Sweden 2019!

The Hackathon

A hackathon is an event where enthusiasts collaborate intensely to develop software over a short period of time. Multidisciplinary teams work on assigned challenges. A jury evaluates the entries in accordance to certain criteria and finally announce a winner. The purpose of Hack for Sweden is to stimulate and increase the use of open data.


During the 48 hours, you will brainstorm and use open data to code solutions to the announced challenges. The prize Hack for Sweden Award will go to the team that in the most innovative way demonstrates the possibilities with open data.

Open Data & Open Source

Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone. Several agencies contribute to Hack for Sweden with open data. Open source is code that is open for anyone to reuse and develop.

Rule Book

To participate in Hack for Sweden you must work on one of the announced challenges, use data from at least one of the contributing authorities and make your solution open source and not violate any of the stated rules.