May 13 to May 15, 2020 48h online hackathon led by XAMK University

We invited local companies, students, and the interested general public to join in our call to hack the crisis in the Kymenlaakso region of Finland.

Inspired by the national Hack the Crisis Finland and international Global Hack, our goal was to go local and get together online to think of ways to develop and save local businesses and communities.

Remember to #supportlocal

Because the coffee, snacks & after-party were online, all participants received a gift voucher to a local restaurant to order take-away or home delivered food and at the same time #supportlocalbusiness

Participating students from XAMK received 2 student credits for participating in the hackathon.

Jyrki Mänttäri from XAMK sales and marketing BBA, was actively planning and carrying out Crisis Hack event.

There were five assignments:

  1. Goodwill Kotka wanted contactless recycling collecting and collection points
  2. Kymenlaakso museums wanted collaboration with commercial enterprises on how the regions 30 smallest museum network could operate during corona.
  3. Lounaskulma Kouvola wanted new services and online order friendly product ensemble
  4. Vuoksi Wellness Imatra wanted solutions for welfare services during corona for example online and oudoor solutions
  5. Spilhus Kotka wanted students to give feedback and improve their new online store

According to feedback the event was successful. Companies and students liked that the participation was easy and flexible due to the event being online. Companies appreciated the results and they either put them in action or continued working on the ideas.

More information

If you have questions about the hackathon event, please contact Project Manager Erna Gronow,




Day 1. Wednesday, May 13

  • 13:00-14:00 Crisis Hack Kick-Off & Introduction to Challenges
  • 14:00-19:00 Teams work independently on challenges – also Google Jamboard ideation session & meeting with company representative for each team
  • 19:00 Wednesday evening wrap-up & goals for next day
  • 21:00 Deadline for submitting simple concept plan, one page PDF

Day 2. Thursday, May 14

  • 10:00-11:00 Morning Start to Mentoring Day
  • 11:00-13:00 Teams work independently & possible 30min mentoring session
  • 13:00-13:30 Change Innovation Talk by Sabine Suorsa
  • 13:30-18:30 Independent working by teams, possible 30min mentoring session
  • 19:00 Wrap-up of the Day, Goals for Friday Final Day

Day 3. Friday, May 15

  • 10:30 Final deadline for submitting PDF of 5 to 10 minute team presentation slides
  • 11:00-13:00 Crisis Hack Kymenlaakso Team Presentations & Winners – will be done via Teams
  • After Party you can celebrate later, all participants will receive a restaurant voucher to help #supportlocalbusiness

Thank you to all the participants!

Crisis Hack Kymenlaakso is now over! It has been a rough 48 hours, but we got what we wanted from the participants and found amazing solutions to the problems presented to us by the 5 companies who took part.

XAMK and the Crisis Hack Kymenlaakso organizer team wants to thank everyone who took part in this event for their cooperation and enthusiasm towards this event. We would also like to give special thanks to Goodwill Finland, Vuoksi Wellness, Kymenlaakso Museums, Spilhus and restaurant Lounaskulma for their interesting challenges and their cooperation with the teams.


Crisis Hack Kymenlaakso

13 May 2020 – 15 May 2020

Project partners

Lead partner: Kaakkois-Suomen ammattikorkeakoulu, Xamk

Focus areas: Digital economy