MAY 16

O'hoy Hackers!

We're back! And we're as excited as ever to arrange this years Gothenburg Startup Hack as a part of gbgtech week. It is our little darling. Our grand flagship. This site will serve as the deck 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 April 20 and the Hack itself will take place May 16. We will also be hosting the Meetup where you can find people to team up with, share ideas and find inspiration.

Since we want to connect the world, 5 of the team positions will be reserved for teams working with open data. An idea is to check out opengov or öppnadata for 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 are hosting a meetup on April 27 — where we all hang out and meet each other. Looking for a team or more team members? This is the right place to be!

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 16. 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 crew 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 board the ship. We will show you to your station and help you get set up — the goal is to get up and running with the hacking.

Lunch buffet will be served enroute — a good opportunity to meet with other hackers and share ideas. Later, back at the docks dinner buffet will be served and we will keep hacking until sunset — this is when we start the demos.

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

The Startup Arena at Gothenburg Startup Hack is about opening the doors to the Startup Scene. It is about stepping into those otherwise locked spaces to meet the people behind the ideas and discover what they really do.

It is about opening the door for you. The innovative you. The part of you who wants to conquer the world. It is about opening doors to new thoughts and ideas. Ideas that inspire and ignite. To make you see the opportunities you haven’t seen before.

It is about opening doors for the people that are willing to take the risk to make it happen. Because that is what it is all about, making it happen. The Startup Arena is about celebrating the doers. The ones who don’t play it safe.

Our doors will be open for everybody interested.

The Location

We're proud to present this year's location. A location Poseidon himself would approve. We're on a boat. The S:t Erik. This means that you can all fulfill your dreams to become sailors!

Since we know all true hackers loves the sea, we have rented the most prestigious ship. From 9 to 14 we will be crusing the archipelago of the lovely city Gothenburg in our ship.

We will then return to shore and keep the ship stationary in order to tend to the landlubbers needs and batten down the hatches.

Treasure Map: The Google Maps Booty

Sign Up

The sign up is now closed. Get ready for the hack! Wind in the sails!

The sign up will be open until May 2. 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.

And don't forget to keep yourself up to date. Check out our Twitter or Facebook

Matchup Space

Sometimes you can't help but to feel like you're alone. But don't you worry, we're here to fix that. If you're a lone hacker that's looking for a team you can find it below.

Not only that, but it might be that your team is desperately looking for a member to fill a certain space in your heart, or team. My friend, you can find that below as well.

Below you can either let us match you with a team, or let us find you a member. Or, you could head over to the matchup space to try to get in contact with other real life persons by yourself.

The Partners

More partners will be announced.

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.

Oddwork is the orange recruiting company that started from Gothenburgs School of Business, Economics and Law in 2011. We connect talents with companies all over the world and we believe that the world will be a better place if people can do what they are dedicated to. That is why we don't stop for nothing but talent!

Interaktionsbyrån is a design company competing internationally. We strive to find and employ the most talented people from around the world. We believe in the strong community of designers and developers close to home, here in Gothenburg and are proud sponsors of Gothenburg Startup Hack. We are hiring!

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.

Almi's vision is to create opportunities for all viable ideas and companies to be developed. We offer advisory services, loans and venture capital. This includes ideas with potential for growth in the early stages as well as existing companies that are investing in growth and expansion.

Bekk Consulting AS is a Norwegian consulting firm. We deliver projects for large private and public sector enterprises within the areas of strategic advisory, systems development and design of digital services. The firm employs approx. 370 professionals and has offices in Oslo and Trondheim.

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.

Chalmers Innovation’s goal and unique expertise is through participation transform early technology ideas into successful companies. Since 1999 Chalmers Innovation has worked with over 200 projects and started more than 130 companies.

Ottoboni is a digital communication agency with approximately 100 employees and offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. We provide strategic support to our clients in developing their brands and digital presence in a constantly evolving environment.

Good Times Media is an advertising optimization company. By scientific testing we improve our customers ad content. Without increasing traffic, our product increases their sales.

Monocl is a Life Science strategy and software firm improving the decision-making for company executives. We develop software products, based on our Life Science Intelligence analytics platform, to empower our clients with a competitive edge and capabilities for lasting business impact.

Recorded Future arms you with real-time threat intelligence so you can proactively defend your organization against cyber attacks. With billions of indexed facts, and more added every day, our patented Web Intelligence Engine continuously analyzes the open Web to give you unmatched insight into emerging threats.

Trueflow is a venue friendly indoor advertising network. We like kittens and focus our work around building an indoor optimized service for easier discovery of the great indoors. We are also obvisouly So-Mo-Lo-Co.

Prize Partners

Media Partners

Networking Partners

Featured in

The Crew

Sofia Edström

With hair like a mythical creature, it is said that Sofia knows something normal mortals do not. Exciting!

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.

John Hult

Knows in his heart there are no more pokémon than 150. Maybe 151.


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?

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. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Tomas Ohlson

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

Adam Sandberg Eriksson

One hellofa-writer. Writes faster than most people speak = good with his hands.

Tobias Tikka

Has done more in his life than most ever will. And he's only 16! Okey, that last part isn't true.

Josefin Ondrus

Ever seen someone and just been like "I bet that person does awesome things"? Josefin.

Andreas König

Hailing from the Greek gods, Andreas takes his place in the mortal realm in order to create order out of chaos.

Peter Kurzwelly

Real gansta. Knows sales fo'sho. Carries an umbrella fo'drizzle. Straight up from the hood.

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?

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.

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?

Nope. Just make sure you sign up before May 2th.

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