Europe's largest hackathon - Building projects defining the next 100 years

3 DAYS OF AWESOMENESS

From food and drinks to keynotes, workshops and satellite happenings, for all your needs and purposes, we got it. 
Keep checking the schedule for changes and additions to our hectic program for the weekend!

Hackathons are all about taking something you love, combining it with tech and learning something in the process. Junction brings together hackers, designers, the coolest partners, and hardware for one weekend of hacking. It’s a place where creators can let go of their inhibitions and create cool inspiring projects.

UNIQUE FROM THE GROUND UP

Junction is not your standard cafeteria hackathon. Junction is meant to be seen, to be heard, to be felt and most importantly to be experienced. Held annually in the cold and slushy Helsinki of late November, Junction is bound to be an unforgettable experience. In 2015 Junction was built inside of an old abandoned boiler hall. In 2016 it was organized at a 19th-century shipping warehouse right next to the sea in Katajanokka, Helsinki, Finland. In 2017 Junction will be organized in the prestigious Dipoli-building at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo. This uniquely beautiful building is one of the finest examples of Finnish architecture.

A COMMUNITY OF CREATORS

Junction has grown to become Europe’s biggest hackathon and an embodiment of the blooming startup ecosystem of the Nordics. But that’s not all we are about. We know that the future is not created by individuals, it’s created by communities, ideologies, and beliefs. That’s why Junction is much more than an event, it is an ideology, a movement with the goal of inspiring and fostering a community of creators. At Junction we believe a fun open-minded environment, innovative industry partners, and a little bit of passion is the beginning to creating a better tomorrow.

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Prizes

$211,000 in prizes

20 000€ - Junction 2017 Main Prize

20k € for the final winner of Junction 2017.

From the hundreds of projects, 6 equally large pools will be formed. From these 6 pools, one winner will be selected from each, by our community judges.

These 6 finalists will all have 5 minutes on stage to demo their project in front of our panel of judges. After that, the judges will (after some thinking time) announce their thinkings, and declare the winner of Junction 2017.

Banking re-imagined by Nordea (3)

Winner: 2000€ gift card to Amazon or Verkkokauppa and a chance to meet the Chief Digital Officer of Nordea or the CEO of Nordea Life & Pension FI to exchange ideas and discuss future opportunities.

Runner up: 1000€ gift card to Amazon or Verkkokauppa.

Hit the Jackpot! by Veikkaus

2000€ Giftcard to www.verkkokauppa.com

Track Anything That Movies Suunto (3)

All teams that submit a Movesense based project can keep the Movesense sensors used.
For winners, we will hand out the latest Suunto Spartan watch for each team member of the best solutions in three categories: 1. Sports 2. Health and Wellbeing 3. General IoT
In addition, teams with commercially viable solutions for sports and daily wellbeing will have an opportunity to talk with Suunto about partnering options.

Microsoft WebVR Challenge

2 x Acer Mixed Reality Headset

My perfect personal movie experience by Elisa (3)

The winning team will enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes experience in the shootings of a forthcoming Elisa original series (including travel and accommodation), and will also be offered a role in a group scene.

Play beautiful by Kamu (3)

Each member of the winning team receives a HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset, €100 Steam Gift Voucher (or equivalent for non-gamers), and a Kamu office tour with a Kamu team dinner.

Accessing the law by Castrén & Snellman (3)

All members of the two top teams will get a Suunto Spartan sports watch.

The members of two teams with the best solutions will also have the opportunity to talk with Castrén & Snellman about further collaboration options.

Space data enriched applications by ESA (3)

ESA will offer an attractive price package for the winning team or the individual winner. More on this to come!

Hack The Job - Abolish the unemployment by KEHA-keskus

Winner team: 2 000€
First runner-up team: 1 000€

Streetreboot 2 by Stara (2)

Winning team prize is 1500 €
First runner-up team prize is 500 €

Advertise Smartly with AI

Winner team:
2 000€ worth of Verkkokauppa.com or Amazon giftcards shared by the team.

The team will be invited to Smartly’s Legendary Friday Demos, where product team demo our latest feature improvements we build on top of Facebook. It’s a great opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us, while learning new things about product development.

Most Creative Use Of The Spotify Platform by Spotfiy

There’s Patchblocks module x 4 (one for each team member) for the winning team!

Robots, learning machines by Eficode and Bitville (2)

Winning team: 1500 € Amazon gift cards

Runner-up team: 750 € Amazon gift cards

Summarising news by Nordcloud

Echo Dot 2nd Generation and AWS credits for every winning team member

Smart electricity by Fortum

Main prize 3000€ gift card to Amazon or Verkkokauppa.com to be shared between the winning team members (equal amount each) and a chance to meet the Chief Technical Officer of Fortum to exchange ideas and discuss future opportunities. Fortum will also reward other commendable ideas that stand out with other smaller prizes.

Store smarter by Stora Enso (2)

The winning team will be awarded with a journey to a European capital, including some Smart City experience and a visit to a Stora Enso manufacturing unit of smart building components. The second team will get to attend a free-of-choice course at Siili Adacemy.

Transform the way we build worlds! by Trimble (2)

1000€ gift card to Verkkokauppa/Amazon/Steam… (you name it) for the winning team and hand-picked goodies for our runner-ups

Unleashing IoT in commercial buildings by Kone

3000€ Gift Card

Who needs a light switch by Helvar

1st price: Hubsan H501S quadcopters (or equivalent) for the winning team. Honorable mention: Amazon Echo Dot devices for selected teams.

Cross-platform for desktop and embedded by The QT Company

The prize for this challenge is a license to the full Qt developer license. Other prizes will be revealed at a later date, follow this space!

Smart services, sustainable choices by Outotec

Winning team members will each get electric bikes. Smaller rewards will be given to outstanding ideas.

Connected logistics by Fleet Board

The winning team will be offered a 4-days trip to Berlin incl. flights and hotel: Come over and join us for a one-day workshop with our experts. Afterwards, we’ll invite you to a fancy dinner in one of Berlin’s nicest neighbourhoods. Let’s make sure you’ll get the best possible start into a Berlin style weekend.

WHERE THE #?! IS IT? – RFID helps by Finn-ID

First prize: Each member of the team gets a $ 100 gift voucher to the Amazon
Second prize: Each member of the team gets a $ 50 gift voucher to the Amazon

Changing the financial management landscape by Procountor

1000e for main challenge, 500e for best use of API

Hack the fintech environment by Holvi (3)

1000€ – Most Ready
800€ – Most Disruptive
600€ – Most Tech Awesome

Make finance fun. Once and for all. by Bankify (2)

Two best solutions are rewarded with Slush 2017 Tickets and are invited to our Developer Community.

Brilliant bus display by Aalto

The Living Lab Bus project will be a demonstrator in the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen in September 2018 (http://itsworldcongress.com/), which enables visibility also for the winner of the challenge. The winner of the challenge will be rewarded with 2000€ travel scholarship to the ITS World Congress where the team can demonstrate their service together with the Living Lab Bus demo.

Making transportation easy by Kyyti

Winner: 1000€ cash + 1000$ Aiven credits + Free Kyyti rides (one week) + Champagne & VERY nice beer

Revolutionizing the rural transport by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (2)

Winner team: 1 000€

First runner-up team: 500€

Handle with care by Sitra (2)

The winner: Finnair flight voucher worth of 200,00 euros (one per team member, max 5)
The second: Finnair flight voucher worth of 100,00 euros (one per team member, max 5)
The third: Fazer wiener nougat chocolate

Reshaping the future of dental care by Planmeca

Main prize 5000€ to be shared between the winning team members.

Make the world a better place using telephony by 46elks in your solution

46elks forever and book store gift cards

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$30 Amazon Gift Card

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Junction Game Jam

[DEFAULT TO ALL GAME JAM PARTICIPANTS]
RetroPie kits

Intelligent Air Travel by Finnair

1st: Flights + tickets to Slush Tokyo, 2nd: Flight vouchers (500€)

Future of Mobility in Cities by Waltti, Föli & Nysse

Winning team: 1 500€, Runner-up team: 500€

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

project must be submitted here on Devpost to be eligible for any prizes. One project can be on a maximum of two tracks at the same time. Concentrate on maximizing your learning while also helping others learn.

For the main prize, we're looking for hacks that amaze us in their ultilization of different technologies, have exceptional design and user experience, while also being viable in the real world. We'll be choosing the top hacks of each track at the start of Sunday, and a panel of judges will be choose the final winner.

No code outside of open source libraries is written before the event. You're free to ideate your project beforehand, but to be eligible for prizes, all code must be written at the event. 

Partner challenges are judged completely seperately, and are decided by the connected partners. You can find their judging criteria from hackjunction.com/

Remember to include your table number.

How to enter

Getting into Junction is a task of its own. Junction 2017 had applications open for just over a month, and the Junction registration platform gathered thousands of applications from all around the world.

Unfortunately, the applications are now closed.

Judges

Junction Community Judges

Junction Community Judges
100 Experts from the Junction Community will help choose the track winners and serve as a pre-qualifier for the finalists.

Timo Ahopelto

Timo Ahopelto
Early-stage investor & entrepreneur

Otto Chrons

Otto Chrons
Tech-based Entrepreneur and Graphics Wizard

Inka Mero

Inka Mero
Chairwoman and Co-Founder @ Pivot5

Jari Jaanto

Jari Jaanto
Co-founder @ IRC-Galleria, Ninchat, Heimo. Finnish Internet Legend.

Heidi Kähkönen

Heidi Kähkönen
Founder and Journalist

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Implementation
    Have you used cutting-edge tech to create something technologically amazing?
  • Wow-factor
    Is your hack so creative or cool that it would make even the most seasoned professional say "wow"?
  • Interdisciplinarity
    Have you combined themes from several different challenges into a coherent end result? Have you taken advantage of all of the data, API's and other tech available to you at Junction?
  • Design and UX
    Is the result of your hack visually pleasing or otherwise easy to grasp?