Getting excited for this year's hack!

Last year we gathered 90 awesome hackers in 23 teams in a tent right by the opera and during 10 hours they created some really cool stuff.

We feel like continuing the tradition the Hack and the Startup Arena. Feel free to look around. Mayhaps send us one of those emails if there's anything on your mind.

Press: We have a newsroom where you can follow us! Woho! Follow Gothenburg Startup Hack
Here is a press release from the hack!

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 will be hosting a meetup April 11 — 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! Sign up for the meetup here

Once you have put together a versatile team, make sure to sign up before the application deadline — .

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 19. 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.

Want to be a part of next year's hack?

The Day

Thanks to Johannes Lundqvist, @dagensvisa on instagram, for taking these photos! More images are coming, so stay tuned

The Partners

Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Today, we are the world’s largest global music streaming subscription service with a community of over 170 million users, including over 75 million Spotify Premium subscribers, across 65 markets. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by these creators.

Knowit is a huge player in the IT and Management consultancy game, spanning 6 countries through three decades! Knowit Systems Development is a part of the Solutions branch, focused on delivering world class performance with local presence to clients in need of developers and UX-designers in and around Gothenburg.

Craft Academy is a Tech Education Provider that aims to bring new talent to the market and help to solve the shortage of tech workers. We are founded on the belief that modern development standards, agile methodologies, and business skills are fundamental for IT professionals. Our primary service, a 12-week coding Bootcamp, is designed to provide individuals with a foundation of skills that allows them to enter the industry as junior developers.

Volvo Cars is the premium car brand that is world renowned for their innovative solutions to making cars and transportation a safe endeavour. Being a driving force for innovation, in their industry as well as generally in Sweden, Volvo's partnership with Gothenburg Startup Hack can only be described as a perfect one.

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!

Creative Loop is our take on a creative and laid back office made specifically for people who are designers, developers, photographers, social media gurus, entrepreneurs and so on.

Consid is one of Sweden's fastest growing companies which provides consulting services within IT, management and digital marketing. Our mission is to ensure that our clients becomes the best in the world at what they do. Welcome to Consid – the world of high performers.

We digitalize companies and organizations through strategy, code and culture. With that, we create innovative technological solutions that create value, do good and let us have fun along the way. We're 30 (and counting) located in Göteborg and Stockholm. Our customers include Stena Oil, Vimla and Taxi Stockholm.

Recorded Future’s mission is to empower our customers with real-time threat intelligence, to defend their organizations against threats at the speed and scale of the Internet. With billions of indexed facts, and more added every day, our patented Web Intelligence Engine continuously analyzes the entire Web to give you unmatched insight into emerging threats. Recorded Future helps protect four of the top five companies in the world, and over 7000 IT security professionals use Recorded Future everyday.

At 46elks we think that communications should be easy. This is why we supply a simple REST API for SMS, Voice and MMS. All the power of the telecom networks at your fingertips. Create your own account and try yourself at

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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?

Sorry, but no. A hackathon is about building cool things together. But why not bring your idea and find your team at the Meetup? You can also let us match you right here. Or you can head over to the matchup space and see if you can find people to team up with yourself.

How large can our team be?

At most 5 people, and you should be at least 2. We recommend being 4.

Where do I find team members?

IRL, on the internet. 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?

Nope. Just make sure you sign up before May 1st.

Do I get access to a server for my project?

Yes, all participants get one month of a free VPS to use for anything you like, the VPS is supplied by .

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

Email 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?

There is one, though attending the Facebook event doesn't give you an attendance spot. Sign up here instead.

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