MAY 14

Cheerio Hackers!

It's happening again! Gothenburg Startup Hack is returning and this time we're flying higher than ever. We're going higher than any elevator will take you!

This site will be the reception where you can find most of the information regarding the hack. Feel free to look around. Mayhaps send us one of those emails if there's anything on your mind.

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The signup will open soon and the Hack itself will take place on May 14. We will also be hosting the Meetup where you can find people to team up with, share ideas and find inspiration.

Practical Info

Gothenburg Startup Hack is about building and demoing a product prototype.

We prefer fresh ideas and technological innovation over a solid business case. Don't worry about the numbers or the bottom line — use your imagination, think outside the box and go nuts!

This hack is about building stuff — a demo with just a PowerPoint presentation ain't gonna fly.

We're hosting a meetup on the 18th of april — where we'll all hang out and meet each other. Looking for a team or more team members? This is the right place to be! .

We think that the best teams are made up of people with different skills and different backgrounds.

We recommend team sizes between 3 to 5 people.

Finally, the hack takes place on May 14. Be prepared to hack from early in the morning 'til late in the evening.

We will keep you comfortable and make sure you are fed all the way through.

The Day

You and your team have exactly one day to turn your product idea into a working prototype. Use your time wisely — at the end of the day you will take the stage to demo what you have built.

The day starts when you arrive at the venue. We will show you to your station and help you get set up — the goal is to get up and running with the hacking.

We'll make sure you're fed well, we'll give you breakfast, lunch and dinner! The lunch is a good opportunity to meet with other hackers and share ideas. After dinner we'll start with the demos

Be sure to pay attention and remember your favorite teams — the winners will be decided through majority vote. After that we head over to the Startup Arena, where the winners are announced and get to pitch for real. Now get to it - Go make something real!

To really ignite the startup community, we are proud to host Startup Arena – our inspiration concept – with talks, demonstrations, interviews and this year an Inverted Dragon's Den with startup founders to judge Venture Capitalist.

During the night Sweden's most read startup media Breakit and the podcast Kodsnack will record their podcasts live on stage.

At the end of the eve, the winners from Gothenburg Startup Hack will be presenting in front of you on stage, and you will be able to vote for the People's Choice prize category.

The Arena is open for anyone interested in startups. It is drop-in based and doesn’t require formal pre-registration.

Sign Up

The sign up will be open until April 29. We will evaluate every application we get. However, there is a limited number of positions available and admittance is based on different factors. Try to fill in the application as thorough as possible and make sure your hack idea is possible to do during one day.

You are allowed to send in more than one idea, but write in the form which idea you prefer so we know.

The jury

This year the hackers will be joined by an totally awesome jury consisting of one designer, one developer and one visionary. With their passion, knowledge and awesomeness, they will give feedback to all the hackers on their projects and find the winners of some categories.

Ellen Sundh

Ellen Sundh from Coda Collective represents the tech side of our "tech, vision, design"-trinity. Her business card reads "Creative technologist at Coda Collective" which uses the latest technology in both electronics and programming to develop interactive campaigns and tools. We're talking stuff which happens in real time, both on the web and in physical spaces. Check out all their cool creations over at! I did, and now I'm looking for ways to sneak a hardware component into all software projects I do.

Stefan Thomson

The design side in our trinity is Stefan Thomson of Forsman & Bodenfors. Stefan works as digital creator at Forsman & Bodenfors and has been pushing the state of the art in digital communications forward since the 90's. Forsman & Bodenfors creates world-class advertising, combining traditional channels with digital opportunities to take communication to the next level. Take a look at for more information.

Miriam Grut Norrby

The visionary in our "tech, vision, design"-trinity is Miriam Grut Norrby of Schibsted Media Group. Welcome aboard! Miriam has over ten years of experience in digital media, internet and consumer services. Miriam has experience as an investor, advisor, entrepreneur, and in several operational positions, most recently on the Global Marketing Solutions team at Facebook. She currently serves on the board of directors of Lendo, Prisjakt, Kundkraft, Mittbolån and Suredo. Find out more at!

The prize categories

Gothenburg Startup Hack is not only about creating something cool. We want to award those people who put their soul and passion into their projects. Therefore we have six different prize catagories. So even if your backend fails in the last hour, or flexbox screws up your design a minute before the demo session, you still have a chance of winning! The most important thing although is of course that you actually build something!

Jury's Choice

The hack that has it all! Business idea, design and technical solution. You should all aim for this one!

Peoples' Choice

Ten hacks, chosen by the hackers, will pitch for the audience at Startup Arena during the night, but only one of those will win. It is all up to the audience!

Best Design

We do not only want to encourage an awesome backend, a good product need a good design!

Best Technical Solution

Every product need some nice code, right? Maybe not the most advanced code, something that really impress!

Best Business Idea

Even though it is not mandatory at a hackathon, a good vison for the hack should always be rewarded!

Best Hack

Not all hacks maybe have the most neat code. Some have really "interesting" solutions... Of course one of those should be awarded too!

The Partners

Burt is the fastest growing big data analytics and visualisation platform for media and entertainment. We're currently hiring ambitious engineers, designers, data scientists and business developers to expand our Gothenburg headquarters and NYC footprint.

The Techno Creatives is the leading agency delivering digital products and services for a disrupted automotive industry. As part of Gothenburg Startup Hack we meet the developers and designers that will be part of transforming every business there is, as well as starting new ventures changing our ever faster evolving society. Lets hack the world!

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 30 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever you want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.

We are vendor independent IT consultants within search, findability and big data. We help clients find, analyze and act upon information by providing strategy, custom search applications and expert guidance. Our 100+ consultants have worked with over 300 clients - local and global, private and public – in over 800 tailored findability projects.

LumenRadio has been leading the wireless transformation within the lighting industry and are now also enabling connectivity for IoT and M2M. Our patented technologies provide unprecedented reliability for the most business critical applications. We have a vision about how wireless technology can change the world and are happy to support Gothenburg Startup Hack with our Better World Kit.

Näringslivsgruppen at Göteborg & Co is a collaboration platform between the academia, the private industry and the city & region of Gothenburg. We initiate and support different projects that boost entrepreneurship and create great conditions for innovative and creative people to live and work in Gothenburg.

The Crew

Caroline Kabat

Knows Fortran like be back of her own hand, ask her any Fortran related questions you have!

Cedrik Sjöblom

Owns like four yacht. Dreams that one day he'll become a boat himself.

Johannes Tveitan

Love long walks on the beach. Modern day casanova that never gives it up on the first date.

Amanda Strömsten

The happy bird of the team. Almost forgot to order food for her own wedding while ordering your swag.


What Horv can do with a computer, most people can't do at all. That doesn't make any sense. But it's true. What?

Tove Larsson

Tove's got it all under control! Ain't a problem she can't fix.

Andreas Rolén

Knows everyone. Really no need for any presentation since he already knows you.


Without doubt the coolest guy in the whole gang. Just look at that swag. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Hanna Materne

Own four trains and two original Apple ][. Has weirdly never seen a living eagle.

Tomas Ohlson

When he's not busy changing the world for the better, he takes care of stray kittens.

Fredrik Björeman

Host of some of the best swedish podcasts in existence and an all around nice nerd.

Erik Larkö

Brewer, nerd, owns a cat. 'nuf said.

Tomas Selldén

Starred in the 1926 version of Metropolis and has won the world championship in cinnamon bun baking.

Memories ❤








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How do I keep up to date with information?

Regularly check out this site, subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date by keeping an eye on our twitter and facebook.

Can I sign up alone?

Sadly not. But why not bring your idea and find your team at the Meetup?

How large can our team be?

At most 5 people, and you should be at least 2.

Where do I find team members?

IRL, at the internet, or at the Meetup. Try using our hashtag #gbgstartuphack when looking for prospective team members! You can also check out the matchup space or let us match you.

Do I get favored in the selection process if I sign up early?


My idea and/or team has somehow changed since we entered our signup information, what do I do?

Mail us at and we’ll get back to you!

Can we start hacking on our idea before the hack?

Please use common sense; do not bring your startup’s finished product/prototype. Use this day to hack on the things you do not normally get time for.

There’s no Facebook event for The Hack? Where and how do I sign up?


Does the idea/prototype have to be strictly based on IT?

This is a hackathon, so it should include hacking code in one way or the other. If you’re unsure if your idea fits the format, just drop us an email.

Do I need to be able to code in order to apply?

Oh no! It's all about building a team which eventually will deliver something cool during the day. Feel free to be the planning person in your group.

A sample team

A neat team compilation of four people consist of:

  • Two developers
  • One designer
  • One planning person overseeing the progress, creating the presentation, engineering the overall vision, and more.

Or, why separate the roles?

  • Three developers knowing design, or three designers who can code
  • One planning person