Hack for Earth

Dream – Hack – Build
We connected 1370 teams from 121 countries
in a global online hackathon.

Now the 7 winning teams are creating real solutions to the
United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

See their progress at our livestreamed event Pitch for Earth on March 26th.
The winners are now building their solutions in our acceleration program.
Watch the livestream →

Dream – Hack – Build

By connecting brilliant minds from all around the world in the global online hackathon Hack for Earth, we are creating real solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

But where other hackathons end, we level up! After the confetti at the prize ceremony has gone away, we offer the winning solutions a spot in our Acceleration Program Build for Earth supported by our Partner Community. This is where we make the winning solutions come to life and create real value for the people and the planet. Citizendriven innovation, we like to call it.

May-Aug 2021

Dream for Earth

Dream for Earth is the interactive campaign inviting people all around the world to share their dreams for our future, related to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The dreams submitted will shape the foundation of the challenges in the hackathon Hack for Earth.

By inviting everyone, children, youth and adults from all around the world to share their own dream about our future, everything in Hack for Earth is based on involvement from citizens of the world.

All the collected dreams will be part of the physical exhibition Dream for Earth in the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

You can share your Dream for Earth throughout the whole Expo 2020 period (1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022), through the website dreamforearth.com or by visiting the Swedish Pavilion. All dreams will be part of the exhibition.

Read about Dream for Earth →
Sep–Dec 2021

Hack for Earth

Hack for Earth is a global online hackathon with its mission to find real solutions to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Through citizen driven innovation, inviting everyone to join, solutions meeting the overall goal will be possible to achieve.

By inviting the 192 countries at the world exhibition Expo2020 to join the hackathon, Hack for Earth is an international platform where people come together to create our future.

Hack for Earth is the embodiment of ”Connecting minds, creating the future” which is the explicit goal of Expo 2020 Dubai. By digitally bringing the World Exhibition to citizens of the world, we invite everyone to play an active part in creating our future.

Read about Hack for Earth →
Jan - June 2022

Build for Earth

Build for Earth is the third element in Hack for Earth where all the seven winning solutions from the hackathon are made a reality. All winners take part of the customized acceleration program Build for Earth, organized by the Hack for Earth Foundation.

Based on research and global innovation expertise on sustainable innovation, Build for Earth acceleration program is customized to the seven winning solutions' needs. The program is coordinated and executed in close collaboration with Hack for Earth partner community.

Read about Build for Earth →

Timeline

September 1

Registrations open

Apply to be part of Hack for Earth hackathon by filling out this form. You will get a notification within a few days if you have been accepted.
September 13

Challenge announcement

All challenges for each of the seven challenge categories will be announced for teams to choose of. Competing teams and individuals can start to choose which challenges they will work on during the hackathon. Read more about the challenges here.
October 15

Registrations close

Last day of registration. Sign up before this date to be part of the hackathon.
October 22

Hackathon starts

November 7

Hackathon finishes

November 19

Winners announcement

Winners and runners up of each of the seven challenge categories will be announced in a live streamed ceremony. Number one in each challenge category will win a trip to the Award Ceremony at Expo2020 in Dubai.

Watch the recording here
December 15

Hack for Earth Award Ceremony

The winning teams from each of the seven challenge categories will pitch their solution, live on stage to the Hack for Earth Head Jury Group. The winner of the Hack for Earth Award will be appointed.

Watch the live stream event here on December 15 at 2.30pm GMT+4
January – June 2022

Build for Earth

The winning teams take part in our unique acceleration program organized in collaboration with our Partner Community, a proven concept from the Government mission Hack for Sweden. Read more about our Prizes →
March 26, 2022

Pitch for Earth

All seven challenge category winners presenting how far they have come in realizing their winning solution. Live feedback from the Hack for Earth Head Jury Group.

How it works

1

Join the hackathon

When you are ready to join the hackathon, either as an individual, a new created team or as an already existing team, you have to have the following information ready:

- Name/Name of the Team

- Name and personal info of team members (all who will participate in the hackathon)

- Contact information to all team members

Note: You have to be minimum 16 years old and be able to communicate and understand English.

2

Apply as a team

Do you already have team members and want to join as one team?! - Perfect! You can be as many people as you think it has to be to get the job done. Recommendation for an effective and successful team is 4-6 people in the same group.

Note: Application closed on Oct 15.

3

Find teammates

If you don’t have a team and want to apply as a full team, no worries! You can join our matching tool Meet & Match to find team members to create a team with people from all over the world with the competences you need to be as innovative and successful as possible.

This is a fun and also a great way to meet new people with the same ambitions as yourself — creating real solutions to the SDGs.

Note: Application closed on Oct 15.

Challenges

Partnerships

Co-organizers

In collaboration with

Partners

Non-profit partners

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