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'Hack for the future' takes place this weekend

A sustainability hackathon dubbed 'Hack for the Future' takes place online from December 11 to 13 and will bring together technology enthusiasts and sustainability experts.

The event will gather more than 200 participants from 25 countries who will develop 60 new ideas with sustainability potential. The three most successful projects will share the €7,000 prize fund.

The hackathon aims to help participants develop ideas to provide businesses with convenient tools to adapt businesses to sustainability requirements, create convenient and environmentally friendly urban infrastructures, personal habits, and more sustainable practices in the food and energy sectors.

During Hack for the Future, teams will work on ideas in five areas - smart cities, sustainable business, energy, lifestyle, and food. Organizers say that hackathon has managed to attract a record number of participants and 40 experts from different sectors have joined the online event as mentors.

Hack for the future event

"The great interest of participants demonstrates the importance of the sustainability topic. What particularly stands out for this hackathon is the considerable proportion of participants who have come up with their own solutions instead of joining someone else's team. The 60 ideas already submitted include a variety of recycling solutions, equipment for air purification, smart bicycle racks, a mobile platform where people with dietary restrictions can purchase various meal kits, energy retrofit kit for businesses, and many other innovative solutions," said Liva Perkone, organizer of Hack for the Future and founder of the Helve company.

Over the weekend, Hack for the Future teams will compete for the €7,000 prize fund, of which €5,000 has been allocated by Swedbank Latvia and €2,000 by Rimi Baltic. Various other prizes will also be awarded.

During the hackathon finals on Sunday, the top 10 teams will present their solutions to the jury, and winners will be selected. It will be live-streamed on the Swedbank Latvia Facebook page, and everyone is invited to follow along.

More information is available at: https://www.hackforfuture.eu/.

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