BioPaavo Hackathon

What is Hackathon?

Hackathon is an innovation competition where teams search for solutions within a short period of time to a challenge provided by the client company. Hackathon often combines a multidisciplinary approach and team collaboration. During a hackathon process, the participants receive support and sparring from experts to refine their idea and to build cooperation with the client company.
Tell us about your challenge and we will plan an innovation event according to your needs! We find teams to solve the challenges from the Bioeconomy Business Accelerator's extensive network of innovative growth companies and other actors. In addition, we are supported by several research and education organizations in our network.

Current Hackathons

Registration has ended for Neova and Savotta HackathonsThanks to everyone who signed up for the hackathons!

Winner of ValtraHackathon has been awarded: Loihde and their SmartCoach application aims to coach tractor drivers into "Kimi Räikkönen" with personal trainer-software

Six international teams participated this week in the final stages of the ValtraHackathon, and the proposals generated during the Hackathon process resulted in a huge amount of new ideas and opportunities for Valtra Inc. and the participating teams.
Read more in the press release (in Finnish) ›

KemiraHackathon winner is Estonian team Biocarbon

Satellite data provides responsible solutions to the renewable chemical industry
Read more in the press release (in Finnish) ›

BioPaavo Hackathons

The purpose of the BioPaavo hackathons is to find solutions from bioeconomy on behalf of the client companies on an assignment basis. BioPaavo's hackathons offer the opportunity to increase cooperation and create new business from bioeconomy solutions, as well as to develop the bioeconomy industry as a whole.

Hackathon process diagram

Hackathon can be commissioned by one or more companies with the desire and opportunity to continue working with the winner of the Hackathon to bring the new solutions on the market. Depending on the assignment, the Hackathon process can be arranged as a contact, virtual or hybrid implementation.

Hackathon's participating teams can represent any organization with theme-related knowledge and expertise. Teams can be organizational or consist of actors from different organizations. The challenges are agreed with the client and the solutions sought may require previous research or the formulation of the idea.

Let's start working together to solve challenges related to sustainable business with BioPaavo hackathons! Please contact us!

The Bioeconomy Business Accelerator project is carried out by the Bioeconomy Institute of the JAMK University of Applied Sciences and is funded by the Central Finland Regional Council with the support of the EU Regional Development Fund.

References - What our customers say

PeatHackathon - Steps towards carbon neutral business
"On behalf of Berner Ltd, and Tikalan Ltd., BioPaavo carried out the PeatHackathon, which was a great success. The goal was to find new peat replacement solutions for growing medium and soil improvement products. After the pre-qualification, nine teams progressed to solve the challenge, with the best two continuing the development work. BioPaavo’s hackathon concept can truly create environmentally sustainable solutions and new business in the bioeconomy field."
– Arja Laivonen, Product Manager Berner Ltd.

Siparila Hackathon - Sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for industrial wood surface treatment
"Siparila Ltd. chose the BioPaavo Hackathon because the company wanted to develop a completely new biobased method for handling wood products. The concept worked well and we found enthusiastic developers and companies. From these, we selected two groups to further develop the idea. We are now at the stage where results are expected from new ideas."
– Juha Sojakka, CEO Siparila LTD.

“The role of BioPaavo in promoting bioeconomy innovations, networks and business is a huge and important example of the meaning of cooperation: together we all achieve more.”
– Milja Hannu-Kuure, Managing Director, Brightplus Oy