Hack for Earth

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

7 winning teams are creating real solutions to the
United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals,
in Build for Earth.

The winners from Hack for Earth pitched their progress on March 26 2022
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Dream – Hack – Build

By connecting brilliant minds from all around the world in global hackathons, we are creating real solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Through our process Dream - Hack - Build, we are creating citizendriven innovation.

And 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. 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 shaped the foundation of the challenges in the hackathon Hack for Earth 2021.

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 2021 was based on involvement from citizens of the world.

The collected dreams was also part of a physical exhibition in the Swedish Pavilion at the world exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai.

You can still share your Dream for Earth at dreamforearth.com  

Read about Dream for Earth →
Sep–Dec 2021

Hack for Earth

Hack for Earth 2021 was a global online hackathon with the 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.

People from 121 countries joined the hackathon, and by that Hack for Earth is an international platform where people come together to create our future.

Hack for Earth 2021 is the embodiment of ”Connecting minds, creating the future” . By digitally bringing the World Exhibition to citizens of the world, we invited everyone to play an active part in creating solutions for 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 of Hack for earth 2021

September 1

Registrations opened

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

Challenges announced

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 closed

Last day of registration.
October 22

Hackathon started

November 7

Hackathon finished

November 19

Winners announcement

Winners and runners up in each of the seven challenge categories announced in a live streamed ceremony. Number one in each challenge category was invited to pitch live to the Head Jury at the Award Ceremony in the United Nations Hub 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 pitched their solution, live on stage to the Hack for Earth Head Jury Group. The winner of the Hack for Earth Award was 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


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.


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.


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.




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