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Thank you!

We would like to thank our sponsors, partners, case contributers and friends (look at the bottom of this page). It wouldn't have been possible without your great support during the whole weekend.

We would also like to thank all the participants for a wonderful hackathon! The participants did a great job and we are really impressed by the results. Thank you for coding for a better future, we hope to see you next year!

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Developers, designers and motivated people from Sweden to Denmark will gather for a full weekend Hackathon in Lund. The focus will be to leverage Open Source code to solve challenges society faces. OpenHack will bring ideation, design, and coding to deliver creative solutions for the good of humanity.

There are many challenges in the world that put the good of humanity to the test. We encourage all ideas that could help to address these, both on a local and global scale. Last year SIDA requested help with ensuring its financial aid had reached its intended destination and with what effect. Doctors Without Borders requested ideas on how to reduce unnecessary destruction of medicine in the supply chain from its origin to the final destination. Ushahidi requested help on how their crowd platform could be improved in regards to gather, map, and analyze information after a disaster. Open Source and creative thinking brought useful solutions! 

OpenHack is a non profit-event  created by students with backing from Engineers Without Borders.

If you want to help us and volunteer during the hackathon, please contact

Check out last years challenges and keep yourself updated at

Hackathon Overview

The hackathon is free for participants why it will seek financial backing from corporate sponsors and rely on goodwill and help from volunteers and other supporting organizations. Sleeping as well as food arrangements will be offered. During the hackathon participants will work actively with a number of established Open Source projects that will be presented in advanced.

The first day the participants form groups based on the projects in which they will work in during the 48 hour hackathon. During certain breaks they will be offered to present their work up to that moment in front of Open Source project representatives in order to get feedback and inspire others.

On Sunday afternoon the hackathon will end with a prize ceremony where teams may present their final work for a jury consisting of representatives from the Open Source projects, corporate sponsors and organizers. Categories will consider factors such as innovation, complexity, potential and quality of the contributions and ideas developed.

Prizes will partly be extrinsic with tools to keep the project running and/or in the shape of goods and offerings, as well as intrinsic with public credit and recognition in the spirit of Open Source.

We encourage you to stay in the building during all 48 hours but you might as well leave during the night and return in the morning. Since the time is limited, every hour is important!


Humanitarian and development aid is about helping people suffering from both short-term and long-term problems. These problems can be natural (e.g. droughts, floods and earthquakes) as well as man-made (e.g. poverty, war and oppression). A recent example of a humanitarian crisis is the refugee situation in Europe and the disorder in Syria and its surrounding region.

For people who want to actively help, there are many organizations that rely on and gladly take in volunteers. For those who want to use their core skills and competencies, there are organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Engineers Without Borders. The latter recently initiated this Open Source Hackathon.

In Open Source software end users, decision makers, subject matter experts and developers from around the world can work together to create great solutions.

There are a lot of mature Open Source projects out there already in the field of humanitarian and development aid for example: Ushahidi and Sahana in crisis management and information gathering, OpenMRS for medical records, Martus for secure information sharing in places with limited freedom of speech and Mifos X, an open platform for financial inclusion for people in poor areas where financial services such as savings, payments and loans are not offered.

Knowledge and awareness of these projects and the potential of Open Source software as a tool in humanitarian and development aid, however, is very limited. To address this issue on a local level, we created OpenHack.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does It Cost To Participate?

Nothing! It's completely free so make sure to sign up as soon as possible.

I’m Not Sure If I’m Qualified Enough To Join The Hackathon…

Sure you are! What are you talking about? Anyone can help make a difference, which is what we’re all about.

Where Do I Sleep?

At the hackathon facilities. Remember to bring your own sleeping bag and mattress.

Will There Be Food?

Yes! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be cared for. Complimentary snacks and drinks will also be available.

Will There Be Any Prizes?

Other than the feeling of doing something great for someone in need?
Yes, winners will receive help packages from our corporate sponsors to
further realize and kick-start their ideas.

Do I Have To Produce A Finished Product During The Hackathon?

No, you have 48 hours at your disposal and your contribution can be in anywhere from a powerpoint presenting wireframes/mockups to clickable prototypes/proof-of-concepts to fully functional applications.

What If I Don’t Have A Team?

You will have the opportunity to mingle around with others during Friday evening. We will facilitate to make sure that everyone finds their new friends.

I Don’t Have An Idea To Work On.

No worries, just join one of the ongoing! Check our blog for inspiration and challenges, in this stage you will be able to see last years challenges from Doctors Without Borders and SIDA among others. We will be adding more continuously for this year closer to the event date! Go to to find out more.

When Does The Hackathon Start?

Registration will open at 17:30 on Friday but there’s no hard deadline before you have to arrive. Opening ceremony, with speeches from two Aid organizations, will start at 17:30.

Can I Start Hacking Before?

Yes of course. If you have an idea to work on go for it, the sooner you start the more time you have.

Can I Work On Multiple Projects?

Of course you can. The more ideas you have the more backups you can fall back to if your first choice does not work out.

Who Will Be In The Jury?

Highly positioned representatives from our corporate sponsors and aid organizations.

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Current Projects

We now have all the challenges! However, you can still work on your own challenge if you have one!

At the Hackathon there will be several established Open Source projects
represented that you may join. Last year we had represents from The Red
Cross, ActionAid, SIDA among others. The projects will bring expertise
and knowledge in forms of personal, support and inspiration. If you have
ideas for contribution to these, they will be more than happy to listen
to you. But it’s completely up to you whether you want to hack using
these projects or some other Open Source Projects. For last years result
see the link as follow;

We encourage everyone to come up with ideas and solutions that focus on
solving humanitarian issues. The focus of the hackathon is humanitarian
aid, information spread and education. If you know of a problem or
scenario that you think is important, and have an idea on how open
source software could help to address this, bring it to the hackaton!
We'll help you develop it further with Subject Matter Expertise as far
as possible, and connect you with those who think alike and can help you
with the next steps! Please contact us in advance regarding your

You can read about all of the projects at

Some of this year's projects:

Doctors Without Borders has been the first one to announce their challenge. Its an ongoing open source initiativ in which being operating in field that they want to develop and take to the next level. More information coming soon.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
A trending concept in the humanitarian sphere is ‘cash transfers’, meaning that beneficiaries are given liquid funds instead of blankets, food, utensils etc. Evidence indicates that using cash transfer has several advantages when compared to traditional ways of delivering aid. One of these advantages is commonly referred to as ‘the multiplier-effect’, which means that the money delivered creates a ripple-effect in the local economy, and thereby boosts the recovery after a disaster. The challenge from Sida is therefore to develop a tool/method for how to, in a simple and systematic way, measure the multiplier-effect in humanitarian contexts.

Psychologists without borders
Stigmatized perceptions around mental illness are very common around the world, which makes the lives of people suffering from it very difficult. With this challenge we want to raise awareness, spread knowledge and reduce stigmatized perceptions. We want to create an interactive information app with functions like ”Did you know this about mental illness” where the user can learn more about mental illness, get more aware of the presence of it and also learn about strategies on how to deal with mental issues.

Big Heart Sweden AB
One of the main reasons why people are not donating to charity is because lack of transparency and feedback regarding how their money was used. The big challenge with reporting back to individual donors is the administrative efforts that it takes. To solve these problems we need a traceable system where donations can be followed from start to end and also a universal reporting system in which the organizations can present the results generated in specific projects. The organizations, departments, accounts, projects and sub-projects has to be ordered in a clear hierarchical system in which donations can be associated to. Every donation that is associated with any specific group in the hierarchy is entitled to get a report from this group. This has to be simplified and approximate in order to provide the individual donor with a simple and clear report that is not presenting every details, but the overall image.

For further information on challenges, contact or keep yourself updated through Facebook  with the latest missions.

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OpenHack 2015

Last years OpenHack took place at Jayway in Malmö, December 4-6. It was the first OpenHack arranged. The main reason for introducing an event like this was the lack of relevant projects where computer engineers could use there knowledge in a humanitarian matter. 

The founder of the event is a software engineer and PhD student at Lund University, Johan Linåker. Today he investigate firms’ decision and requirements processes in alignment with their overall open source business models to help answer questions about what to reveal, when and how. His interests include how open source and tech can help digitalize humanitarian and development aid, both globally and locally. This is why OpenHack took shape.  In open source software, end users, decision makers, subject matter experts, and developers from around the world can work together to create great solutions. Knowledge and awareness of these projects and the potential of open source software as a tool in humanitarian and development aid, however, is very limited.

"To address this issue on a local level, we arranged a hackathon called OpenHack and put people and organizations interested in software development and tech together with representatives and subject-matter experts from aid organizations. Hackathons like this one provide a great venue for creating and testing innovative ideas with quick feedback."

One response to Doctors Without Borders' challenge showed how temperature sensors in the medicine supply chain can bring attention to cooling malfunctions, which is a common and very expensive real-world issue. The concept has been picked up by Doctors Without Borders and is being used as basis for discussion of how the idea can be developed further. 

Another proof-of-concept was created with the help of Node-RED and IBM BlueMix services to help structure data to Ushahidi, as a lot of incoming data is unstructured and needs to be better prepred to allow for proper analysis. Ushahidi has adopted the concept and is working on how to develop it further as a part of the platform.

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Become a sponsor

We are open for collaborations on many levels. 

Our scope is to keep a high level of interaction between our partners and our participants. We like to see our partners as representants for Open Source and as coaches/mentors.  Therefore we wish interested employees to partake in the event and help the participants in the development and comprehension of how Open Source may be used in both professional such as non­profit contexts. 

If physical precense is not possible we are open to discuss other possibilities. 

A collaboration will benefit your company through a unique combination of CSR and Open Source. You will have the possibility to show your company culture and interact with developers, entrepreneurs and students from all over the region. 

Last year we worked together with IBM, Neo4J, Jayway, Swedsoft and FooCafe. A big thanks goes to VentureLab who gave us great financial support at an early stage.

For further information please contact our partners coordinator at and we are happy to discus a potential partnership with you!

- Help us help the aid organisations to help others!

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Organized by Engineers Without Borders

Madeleine Serenhov

Project Manager

Information and Communication Engineering, Year 5


Henrik Jönsson

Project Developer

Electrical Engineering, Year 5


Oskar Friberg

Partner Coordinator

Computer Engineering, Year 3


Mikaela Carlsson

Art Director

Computer Engineering, Year 5


Josefine Myllenberg

Social Media Manager

Computer Engineering, Year 3


Fatima Abou Alpha

Web Developer

Computer Engineering, Year 4


Victor Lovén

Technical Manager

Electrical Engineering, Year 5


Sahand Hesar

Participant Coordinator

Computer Engineering, Year 2


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