What is ARctic Challenge?

ARctic Challenge is a one-of-a-kind Hackathon focusing on IoT, Open data and Augmented Reality.
From Friday evening November 30th to Sunday at lunchtime December 2nd 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 SSiO project.
It is supported/sponsored by Skellefteå Science City, DF Skellefteå, Luleå University of Technology, Skellefteå municipality and the companies DataDuctus, CGI, BI Nordic, Sokigo, Nuiteq and Acuerdo. More companies will join.

This year some of the 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 December 2, 2018.
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.

13:00 - 14:00 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 SSiO project might decide to support any of the contributions for further development.


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


Coming soon.

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 27th at 23:59! If we get too many registrations we will select participants based on our target 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.

Intellectual properties

Everything developed at the hackathon will be open source.

Organising committee.

Leif Häggmark, SSiO and Skelleftea Digital Alliance
Torunn Törnblom, Skellefteå kommun
Karl Andersson, Luleå University of Technology and SenseSmartRegion
Josefin Lundberg, 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. Challenges will be announced soon...