Hacking for sustainability

Europe’s largest hackathon, Junction 2017, took place in Espoo in November, with 1,500 young developers, designers, and entrepreneurs showcasing their sustainability innovation skills in 48-hour challenges. Outotec worked as a partner in the event.

Outotec had two challenges for participants: sustainability and service challenges, with education and innovation at the core. A total of 13 teams chose these challenges. The end result by the winning team sustainUp was a gamified learning application. The purpose of the application was to guide consumers in making more sustainable choices by presenting different products’ life-cycles and potential social and environmental issues. 

The first runner-up, Outotec edge, created a know-how management application platform for service engineers, while the second runner-up Eco-mpere provided a tool to measure and compare products’ ecological footprints. 

The event was a great success, and Outotec found all 13 teams’ demos to be useful. With experts coming together and hacking new innovations, Outotec gathered concrete ideas and solutions for the future. “Our expectations towards teams’ submitted demos, meeting young talents and making Outotec known in the hacking community were all met. We gained new ideas and insights about hacking methods, data analytics, machine learning, AI, and gamification,” says Tuuli Somma, Lead UX designer and Outotec’s coordinator for the event. To read more about the Outotec challenges, visit the Junction website.