What is ARctic Challenge?

ARctic Challenge is a one-of-a-kind Hackathon focusing on IoT, Open data, LoRa and Augmented Reality.
From Friday evening November 24th to Sunday at lunchtime November 26th hackers, and the tech community collaborate,
and experiment on the subjects above.

This is the weekend to meet other enthusiastic hackers, push your boundaries, and realize the projects of your dreams!

The initiative was jointly conceived by Skelleftea Digital Alliance and the SenseSmartRegion project.
It is supported/sponsored by Skellefteå Science City, Techfugees, DF Skellefteå and the Smart Tillväxt project.
Skellefteå municipality and the companies Crepido, Explizit, Infovista, Nuiteq, Tieto, Sven-Erik Wiklund Affärsutveckling, Visma, and Wolfshark so far. More companies might join.
This year sponsoring organisations will present challenges, and the teams choose challenges from that list. First we will see to every challenge is met by some team. After that we open the challenge list for a new round.
A jury shall review, evaluate, and award winning Apps on November 26, 2017.
Venue: The Great Northern, Skelleftea

Come, join us and register here and make a difference!




17.30 Registrations open.

18.00 Start and forming of teams for participants that don’t belong to a team.

18.30 Dinner together with officials and sponsoring organisations, including presentations of challenges and tools. When we are ready we start working.

23.00 The hackathon closes for the night.


08.30 Breakfast, is served in the hackathon premises. (No cost for participants and officials.)

09.00 We start working again. There will also be scheduled short company pitches during the day.

12:00 Lunch break.

15:00-16:00 Presentation of results so far. Feedback from the jury.
17.00 Dinner is served in the hackathon premises. (No cost for participants and officials.)
23.00 The hackathon closes for the night.


08.00 The hackathon starts again. Breakfast is served in the hackathon premises. (No cost for participants and officials.)

10.00-11.30 Final presentations.

11:30-12:30 Lunch and jury deliberations. (No cost for participants and officials.)

12:30-13:00 Awards ceremony and summation.



Can I attend?

Anyone who has the competence to attend is welcome. We especially invite:

· ICT students
· Immigrants, with programming skills.


Check out the challenges here.

Awards and criteria

The best contributions will get awards. Mostly this will be symbolic awards like diplomas.
The jury evaluates each contribution regarding the following criteria, and give 1 to 5 points for each criteria. The contribution with the highest score then is the winner.

· Visualisation – How aesthetic and creative is the visualisation?
· Usefulness – How useful is the contribution and how easy is it to use for the intended target group?
· Innovation – How innovative is the contribution?
· Business potential – How high is the business potential for the contribution?

Regardless of the score the SenseSmartRegion project might decide to support any of the constributions for further development.


You bring your own laptop to work on.
The SenseSmartRegion platform will be available and can help communicating with sensors, getting open data and producing AR.


· Josefin Lundberg, Skellefteå Science City.
· Saguna, SenseSmartRegion and Luleå University of Technology.
· Santosh Hejmadi, Smart Tillväxt, Näringslivskontoret, Skellefteå kommun.
· Leif Häggmark, SenseSmartRegion and Skelleftea Digital Alliance.

Should the Apps be specific?

See challenges.

What will I eat?

We’ll provide food for all meals from Friday's dinner to Sunday’s lunch.
If you have dietary restrictions, we’ll try our best to accommodate them.
Of course, we’ll also have an abundance of snacks and refreshments throughout the hacking period.

What should I bring?

Bring a laptop for hacking, and sleeping bag if you are going to use our dormitory.
We’ll provide pretty much everything else.
If you like to be comfy, you can bring a pillow, and towel.

Where’s the schedule?

Here it is: Schedule

How do teams work?

Teams are at most 6 people. You can select teammates when you register, or you can register individually without specified teammates.
It will be possible to find team mates when the hackathon starts, but it will also be possible to work individually if that is what you prefer.

How does registration work?

Registration will be opening on October 23rd and closing on November 21st at 23:59!
If we get too many registrations we will select participants based on our targets groups and time of registration.
Register here!

What if I don’t have a team?

If you don’t have a team now, that’s okay! We’ll help to form teams when the hackathon starts.

Where will I sleep?

The Hackathon will close from 23.00 to 08.00 every night, so you can’t stay in the premises all night.
If you can, find your own accommodation with relatives or friends. We will also try to find people within the sponsoring organisations that can provide somewhere to sleep, or other accommodations.

Does this cost money?

Nope! Admission is free and includes meals, snacks, dormitory and a memorable experience (if we do say so ourselves)!

How do I get there?

For participants, coming from Luleå or Umeå, (or somewhere on the way), we will provide e-bus tickets back and forth.
Others will have to get there on their own.
The hackathon will be held in the Great Northern, Storgatan 53, Skellefteå.

Is there a map?

Yes, of course.

Organising committee.

Leif Häggmark, SenseSmartRegion and Skelleftea Digital Alliance,
Santosh Hejmadi, Skellefteå kommun,
Robert Andersson, Tieto,
Karan Mitra, Luleå University of Technology and SenseSmartRegion,
Emina Kovacevic, Skellefteå Science City,

What if this FAQ didn’t answer my questions?

Please email us at if you’re in any way confused or concerned! We’d love to help you out :)



Our sponsoring companies provide challenges to choose from. Each team chooses a challenge among the company challenges that are still available. Once all has been chosen, we open for a new round. Hopefully, there will be several teams working with each challenge.


Imagine 25 meter high wood chips piles. Under these heights, giant screws move sideways to transport chips. Machine operators also work in the heights. It is a hassle for the operators to be above an active screw as it can create up to 10 meters deep holes. Therefore, it is extremely important for a driver to know exactly where each screw is located.

Create an app with AR that visualizes where the screw is.


InfoVista make tools to support wireless planning, installations and optimization.

As a part of that we would suggest to have an AR Apps that can visualize the network nodes and connections to sensors in a LoRa network.

There are two different possible solutions that we are interested in:

Skellefteå municipality

How can the municipality become a puzzle piece of the global digital information ecosystem.
What old services could be improved or new services developed if you used Google / Facebook's platforms along with our location / city / city / local / local service / location information? These actors know more about us about the patterns and interests of our residents.

To become more specific, voice assistants (Google Home, Alexa, Siri) are ill hot right now. See for yourself!

To use the Google Assistant (Siri for Android application), both SDK and hardware are available for prototyping, so all pieces to integrate Skellefteå Municipality with Google Assistant should be available.

What municipal services can we offer?

Movie about the development kit

Sven-Erik Wiklund Affärs-utveckling

The purpose is to enable unmanned operation of a smaller and simpler biothermic process in which monitoring and possibly adjustment of the process can be done via mobile phone and this APP. An example of a biothermic plant can be a briquetting or pellets machine with peripherals adapted to the biomass at farm level.

The app should handle the following:

Tieto, challenge no. 1, (education area)

Use beacons, mobile devices or other sensors to make the dalily life for teachers and students easier. Examples:

Wolfshark, challenge no. 1

Before public holidays, S. Wolf usually goes shopping at Solbacken's shopping area. Each time he becomes as frustrated when he realizes that he was not the only one who thought of shopping just then. Although last Christmas he got stuck in a car queue for 3h and then wrote 3 times to the local newsparer nothing has happened ...

Create an app that, with the help of sensors, can keep track of the number of vehicles in an area by measuring incoming and outgoing vehicles. Then present the number so that S. Wolf can easily assess what time he is going to go shopping.

To facilitate the task, you can use simulated data for incoming and outgoing vehicles. Also, make sure you build it in a way so you can easily change the data source if you want to install real sensors.

Tieto, challenge no. 2, (Welfare area)

There is an increasing demand to do mobile documentation. Today that is usually done by typing in text on a pad or mobile phone. But the future is to actually interact with the devices using a voice interface. Modern day devices to come with quite good voice recognition software, so it is time to utilize this when trying to do mobile documentation.

Many of the modern healthcare and homecare equipment’s comes with IoT capabilities. It would be great to read the data from example a blood pressure cuff directly into the documentation, eliminating errors and problems which comes with manually enter the data.

Also there is the possibility to use sensor data such as GPS to actually show when and where the documentation was written.

Use voice recognition in pads and/or mobile phones to document what is being said. Try to allow some smart interactive assistance when the documentation becomes unclear. And try to make use of sensors (like GPS or a simulated blood pressure cuff) to add to the documentation as well.

Wolfshark, challenge no. 2

S. Wolf likes to play poker, but his winning statistics tells he needs a edge towards his opponents.

Build an Augmented Reality app for augmented glasses / smartphone. The app calculates and presents real-time odds in Texas Hold'em based on the hand and the cards on the table.

Tieto, challenge no 3, (Welfare area)

Today, some people are living under the threat of individuals in their surroundings. Mostly, women are threatened and pursued by a former man. Society can provide protection through for example Protected Identity and Visiting Prohibition. Nevertheless, it is still a difficult situation to be in.

The challenge is to develop something that can help people living under these circumstances in order to make their everyday life easier and more secure. The solution proposal should use one or more of the following items: