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.)

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.


Saguna, SSiO project and Luleå University of technology
Per Dinborn, Skellefteå municipality
Leif Häggmark, SSIO project 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 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. Hopefully, there will be several teams working with each challenge.

LoRa geopositioning

Track LoRa units using the geopositioning of LoRa. Present routes on a map on the web.

A possible use case could be walkers at retirement homes, to be able to track people with dementia.


Create an app in an android phone. Let users log in and put in data like weight, length … Use sensors in the phone to calculate how much energy the person generates by moving and doing exercises. Save the data and compete with yourself.

If there is time, also save data in the SSR/SSiO platform and make functions to compete with other users.

Air pollution

Use data from the air quality sensors of SSR/SSiO. Make a dynamic map where the air pollution is presented in different colours. Extrapolate to get continuous values.

Make it possible to also connect future sensors, and also a functionality to simulate more sensors, e.g. by time-shifting an existing sensor's data to another location.
Show both NOx and particles.

If there is time, also make a presentation on mobiles where you see the map in horizontal mode, and a superposed presentation on the camera's image in vertical mode.

Dust bins

Use data from the dust bin sensors of SSR/SSiO.

Create services both for the municipality to do route planning of garbage trucks, and for the public to know when there is space for their garbage.

Parking spots

Use distance meters in parking garages to detect free parking spots. Create a service where the public can get info about free spots and reserve the spot.

Think of how to prevent misuse, perhaps you should have to pay from when you make the reservation.