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ÅF is main partner and host for OpenHack – Coding for Humanity in Malmö 2017

OpenHack is a non-profit organization that enables people interested in software development to work on social and humanitarian challenges by arranging hackathons where all solutions are made open source. ÅF is proud main partner and host for their yearly hackathon in Malmö in December 2017.

Technical solutions can be used to solve many challenges and to break different barriers. Just as technology and IT opens up for great possibilities in our daily life, it can be used to help solve many of the challenges we face in the strive for a better tomorrow.

During a weekend in December, ÅFs office in Malmö will be hosting an event that truly represents our strive to make a better future. Around a hundred passionate volunteers will gather for a 48-hour hackathon where the challenge is to solve real humanitarian and social challenges.

The purpose behind OpenHack is to inspire and create awareness for how people interested in software development can help to make a difference on both a local and global level. Hackathons provide a creative forum for collaborative innovation, and by making the solutions open source, the outcomes can be distributed and co-developed afterwards on a potentially global scale. The vision is to create a community platform for digital voluntarism where tech volunteers, organizations and end-users can meet and work together for a better future.

"We are very happy about the partnership with OpenHack and we are looking forward to seeing all the ideas that the hackathon teams will come up with during the weekend in Malmö.

Technology division at ÅF develops digital concepts and solutions connecting our strong competence areas within IT, embedded systems and digitalization closer to the infrastructure-, energy- and industry business. Coding for humanitarian challenges is even more important and fully in line with ÅF’s sustainability strategy."
- Gabriela Larson, ÅF

Participating in OpenHack is open to anyone regardless of age, profession, skillset etc. The challenges for each hackathon is selected based on subject relevance, social impact, technical depth and the credibility of the case contributor.

Since OpenHack was first founded in 2015 they have organized four humanitarian hackathons, each with over 100 registered participants from all over Sweden and the Nordics. They have received and helped address more than 25 humanitarian and social challenges, with at least one concept solution presented for each challenge.

OpenHack has received great response from both participants, partners and case contributors - that their mission to create a platform for technical solutions to humanitarian challenges is not only valuable but also needed.

Read more and sign up at

Anna Grane
Recruitment Manager ÅF
+46 10 505 52 38