Join us in Otaniemi

Green Campus hackathon

24 & 25 of May 2014

Aalto Univ. Otaniemi Espoo



What a better place for a sustainability themed hackathon than Otaniemi Green Campus!

The hackathon topic is ICT & Big Data for sustainability. Thanks to the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT, we provide real-time energy consumption data from the Otaniemi campus.  We offer also tweets on energy, environment and sustainability related topics. M-brain, our main social and news media data partner, offers data from Finnish and international  media. 720° provides data on indoor environment air quality from the hackathon place. More in the Details section.

WHEN: Weekend 24th & 25th May.

WHERE:  Open Innovation House OIH, 2nd floor, EIT ICT Labs co-location centreOtaniementie 19-21, 02150 Espoo, Finland.

WHY: Join us if you are AWARE of the sustainability issues the world is facing today and if you are of the ones who also ACT.

WHO: We welcome teams of 3 or 4 members. You can register with desired team members, or alone; in this case the organizers will help to assemble diverse teams.

Green Campus Hackathon is part of Green Hacakthon series organized in a set of cities in the previous years: Stockholm, Zurich, Athens, Berlin, Barcelona, London, and including Helsinki (Aalto Media Factory) in 2013. We give special thanks to Jorge L. Zapico from KTH Centre for Sustainable Communications for his support in the organization with Green Hackathon series.

During the weekend, you will have a great opportunity to meet and network with new similar-minded students, researchers, business representatives, startups and to experience fun working, learning, teaching & coaching in the inspiring EIT ICT Labs co-working space.

The EU Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik says: “Let’s imitate the nature!”, and we add to it: “Let’s hack together for a more sustainable future!”

Join Us by 20th of May:

Registration Closed

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Joint EU CIVIS project Aalto UniversityTechnical Research Centre of Finland EIT ICT Labs




Time Activity
SAT 9:30 Arrival, registration, teams meeting
10:00 Welcome by Marko Turpeinen, Director of the EIT ICT Labs Helsinki. VIDEO
10:15 KeyNote address by Yrjö Neuvo, Head of the Aalto Energy Efficiency Research Programme (AEF). VIDEO
10:30 – 10:40 Data owner presentations, on behalf of VTT, Ahmed Hussnain speaks. VIDEO
10:40 – 10:50 Data owner presentations, representative Vladimir Poroshin from M-brain speaks. VIDEO
10:50 – 11:00 Data owner presentations, representative Tomas Novotny from 720° speaks. VIDEO
11:00 – 11:10 Data owner presentations, representative Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts from Forum Virium speaks. VIDEO
11:15 – 11:45 Speed dating intro session
11:45 – 13:00 Start of the work
13:00 Pizza Lunch
13:30 – 17:00 Team work, coaching
17:00 Evening snacks
17:30 – 21:00 Team work, coaching
21:00 Team work progress discussion: facilitated by Fernando Herrera
22:00 Wrap up for the day; participants can stay overnight or go home for sleep
SUN 9:00 Discussion about team presentations (picthes), ideas and suggestions
9:30– 9:45 KeyNote presentation by Lilli Linkola from Sitra about the Open Sustainability working group of OKF. VIDEO
9:45– 10:00 Presentation by Filip Kis from KTH Stockholm, about his JavaScript library for working with API data. VIDEO
10:00 – 12:30 Start of the work
12:30 Pizza Lunch
13:00 – 17:00 Team work, coaching
17:00 – 18:30 Team presentations & evening snacks
18:30 – 19:00 Best teams selection by the judges
19:00 Awards for the best teams
19:30 Afterparty
  • Otaniemi energy dataset by VTT

Real-time energy, heating and water consumption measurements for tens of buildings in Otaniemi and other Aalto campuses are tracked. Alongside real-time measurements, you are given access to the historical data for the past two years.

  • OIH (hackathon space) indoor air quality dataset by 720°

Real-time data on indoor air quality from OIH, including: indoor temperature, indoor relative humidity, indoor CO2 and VOC (air quality parameter).

International and Finnish, traditional and social media data on variety of topics, including energy, sustainability and environment.

  • Twitter datasets on energy topics

The social datasets include Twitter energy-related discussion for the past month (April-May).


Tool for looking up environment related statistics, in English:
Excel on energy and water use in 2013, has also English field descriptions:
Overview excel on:
1. sheet provides general info on Helsinki: population, energy use and energy production
2. sheet shows current carbon foot-print
3. sheet shows Helsinki CO2-emission basic scenario where likely mitigation activities have taken place
4. sheet shows more means for mitigation of CO2-emissions

  • Energy statistics for Finland and Nordic

Nordpool — Price information  for Electricity Market

General energy consumption-production and price data

Fingrid — data for energy consumption and production

  • Renewable energy data

Espoo City solar energy map

  • CO2 data

Helsinki CO2 emissions in 2030

Green house gas emission in Finland statistics




Interested Aalto Students in receiving study credits from the hackathon can contact Prof. Jukka Nurminen for the details and arrangements:  jukka.k.nurminen(at)


  1. Hands-on Prizes for the global winners (surprise) + BDC package*.
  2. Hands-on Prizes for the second best team (surprise).
  3. BDC package for the team with the best business idea*.
*3 months NewCo Factory’s Business Development Coaching package for the best team & for the winner team of the Business theme sub-competition.
  • The BDC package is available for startups teams with innovative & scalable business ideas seeking to enter international markets. A personal advisor is assigned for each startup team. The advisor will help the team with business development, marketing strategy, team dynamics and recruitment, market launch and finding opportunities and partners.
  • Included in the package:
    • Business coaching: 3 hours/month
    • Access to all NewCo Factory events, workshops & pop-ups
    • NewCo Factory partner network & advisors
    • Opportunity to join the Business Acceleration Program & vivid co-working space located in Ensi Linja 1, Helsinki.


  • Chocolate will be offered to participants.


The solutions from Green Campus Hackathon that use Open Data become automatically eligible for Apps4Finland. The solutions using datasets from our commercial partners: M-brain, 720° and VTT may also become eligible, after review and agreements with the corresponding partner regarding the confidentiality of their dataset.


All the teams will present their solutions for 5min + questions, starting 17:00 on Sunday evening. The presentation can be in free form, and style. The slides (or other presentation format) needs to be uploaded to the special submission folder provided by the organizers, for each team, in order to be evaluated. Along with the presentation material, the teams are encouraged to provide relevant & extensive additional documentation and source code (ex. GitHub) supporting their solutions. The judges will evaluate, and select the best solutions based on the quality of the presentation pitch, and all of the additional resources.

In addition, the solutions, to which it is applicable, are highly encouraged to write use cases as described below for their concept/idea/app.


A)  target user characters (name, age, living area and circumtances, 
profession, hobbies)
B) use case story describing:
1.why the main characters are using the solution?
2. what they are doing with the solution (tasks)?
3. where and when they are using it?
4. what is the end reusult of using it?

This will give them extra evaluation points.


All submissions to the Green Campus Hackathon remain the intellectual property of the individuals or teams that developed them. By registering, consenting to the terms of the Hackathon, and entering a Submission, however, the Participant agrees that the organizers and industry partners reserve an irrevocable, nonexlusive, royalty-free license to use, distribute to the public, and publicly display and perform a Submission for a period of one year starting on the date of the announcement of contest winners as an example of work. We encourage participants to open source their projects to both share their hacks with the greater community and promote innovation in this space.


Green Campus Hackathon Themes


Green Hackathon is about YOUR ideas, creativity and solutions.

The organizers identified couple of themes that can give helpful directions, but remember that you do not need to work on any of these, or you can work on ALL of them combined. It’s up to YOU!

Green impact

A common denominator for the solutions expected from the hackathon is the environmental impact. Under this theme, we ask for the degree to which a solution achieves such a goal, i.e.,

which is the greenest hack?

greenest hack


Media bias

Recently, an increasing number of media publishers are facing critique for non-objective discussion about climate change and sustainability issues. For instance, one of the most respected European publishers, BBC, is accused of succumbing to false balance on climate by the UK Parliament. At the same time, scientists are reaching almost unanimous consensus on anthropogenic nature of climate change.

Can you identify media bias from provided data? How could we work towards more objective media? Can crowdsourcing help in this case? How about scientific promotion?


Visualization & transparency

Today, much hype is going on in media about Big Data. Big Data seems to be a promise for many problems and a solution for not-yet identified human needs. Especially when it comes to human comprehension of such Big Data, besides analytics, creative and innovative visualization capabilities are a must.
We provide you with Big Data from energy and social domains. Can you do the challenging task and provide some novel data representation?

In particular, how to make the data transparent and closer to the people to comprehend? Can Augmented Reality be of help?


Business Idea

Through this theme, we encourage innovation and entrepreneurship spirited teams. We look for most financially viable business-oriented solutions to utilize offered open datasets. Conceptual business proposals involving existing data provider companies are also encouraged.

First of all – have you identified a real NEED for your business idea?

energy efficiency

Behavior change

One of the most challenging research topics is: what drives massive human behavior change? From marketing products, over politics, to information spreading in social media, researchers and businesses are asking the question: what motivates the people to change and accept a new type of  behavior or idea?

When it comes to the future of our planet, there is no plan B: can you come closer to the answer on how to encourage people to change their lifestyle to a more sustainable?

Twitter Graph




Marko Turpeinen

Professor Marko Turpeinen is the Director of the Helsinki Node of ICT Labs, one of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Professor Turpeinen has a Dr.Tech. Degree in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and a M.Sc. Degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been a Professor in Media Technology at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in Stockholm since 2006. He has also acted as Programme Director of the Network Society research programme at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT since 2007.



Jukka K. Nurminen

Jukka started as professor of computer science at Aalto University at the beginning of 2011. He has a strong industry background with almost 25 years experience of software research at Nokia Research Center. Jukka’s experience ranges from mathematical modeling to expert systems, from network planning tools to solutions for mobile phones, and from R&D project management to tens of patented inventions. Jukka received his M.Sc degree in 1986 and Ph.D. degree in 2003 from Helsinki University of Technology.



Anu Kankainen

Docent Anu Kankainen is Senior Researcher of Digital Content Communities research group at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology at Aalto. In the energy consumption field, she is doing research on EU funded CIVIS project that started in fall 2014. Kankainen is pioneer in Research through Design approach that is a promising research approach in the field of Human-Computer Interactions. She has several years of experience in user research and user-centred design with aim of understanding and concretizing human motivations in digital design spaces.



Sanja Scepanovic

Sanja is a PhD researcher at Aalto University, School of Science. Her research focuses on data analytics, Big Data and application to social networks, energy datasets and green and smart cities. She holds MSc in computer science from Aalto and Univ. of Tartu, Estonia and diploma in applied mathematics from Univ. of Montenegro. She also graduated from Space Studies Programme by International Space University. Work experiences includes Central bank of Montenegro and startup SEVEN Networks in Silicon Valley.



Jesse Haapoja

Jesse holds MSc in social sciences from University of Helsinki. He has also been research assistant at University of Helsinki, Aalto University and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT.



Ahmed Hussnain

Hussnain Ahmed is an MSc student in Aalto University School of science. He is doing his master’s thesis research in big data analysis. His research focuses on correlating the machine / sensor data with social media data. He has developed a platform that can collect and process different kind of data and produce insights using deep learning techniques. He has been collecting twitter data and performing qualitative analysis like sentiment analysis on it. He is also analyzing the Helsinki test-bed energy consumption data along with Sanja Scepanovic. Hussnain also has a professional background in Operations and Business Support Systems (OSS / BSS) for Telecommunications.

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