Frequently asked questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a fast-paced event, where participants team up to create solutions and concepts from scratch in a short amount of time, addressing current problems. There are hackathons of various lengths and types, but one common characteristic of them is that they are centered around a specific theme. For example, What the Quack focuses on sparking solutions to the crisis caused by the outbreak of coronavirus.

Who can participate?

Anyone with an idea related to any of the four topics is welcome to join! No prior hackathon experience required.

What about the team size? Can I participate alone?

The teams are not limited to any size. You can have as many or as few team members as you wish, it’s up to you. If you’re looking for brand new team members, register and head to Slack.

I have an idea, what do I need to do?

Awesome! Here’s the next steps for you:

1. Gather a team (if you want to)

2. Register to the platform before Friday 3.4 at 16:00 and join Slack. Registrations are already open, you can submit your projects after the event begins on Friday.

3. Start hacking and working on your project!

4. Check the hackathon schedule starting Friday 3.4 at 16:00

What do the different challenges mean?

The challenges divide the hackathon into four different topics, covering some of the the most critical areas suffering from the outbreak of the virus. The organizers and the jury will choose 5 projects from each category to be showcased in the final live stream on Sunday.

What’s the schedule of the event?

Can I submit my project in Swedish?

Yes, but to be as inclusive as possible, try and use English as much as you can. Using Swedish or Finnish is allowed, but if you have time, consider adding English subtitles to your final presentation video, for example.

How about the evaluation criteria?

The submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: innovativeness, feasibility, viability and possible impact on the society.

Remember that in this hackathon, we are looking for stuff that can actually be useful, either in saving lives, saving communities, saving education or saving businesses. Focus lies on solving the problem, the business model is not too important at this point.

Who owns the intellectual property of the hackathon projects?

Always the team who created the project - not What the Quack, Springboard, the organizing team nor our partner companies.

Who are the people behind What the Quack?

What the Quack is organized by Springboard, a Hanken started idea generator and launchpad. The hackathon is built in collaboration with local companies, startups, and communities, with the aim to break the silos and create a meaningful impact.

Where is What the Quack organized?

The event is held completely online. We use Slack as the main platform for communication and submissions can be done on our website. These online services are completely free to use for the attendees.