What to expect at HackHPI 2022

HackHPI2022 tries to make IT clean. Digitalization is currently responsible for 2 billion tons of CO2 emission, twice as high as global air traffic. But digital solutions are also crucial for tackling climate change. In the hackathon, we work on both finding IT solutions to tackle the problem of climate change, as well as reducing the environmental impact of IT products.

For a weekend of hacking, we will bring motivated students from diffrent backrounds together at HPI, just outside of of Berlin. By providing world class sponsors including workshops and access to their data and APIs, a great location and plenty of caffeine to fuel your brain we will create a space for creativity, inspiring ideas and a passion for trying out new things.

Have a look at one of our previous Hackathons and apply today!



HackHPI will take place on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of March at the campus of the Hasso-Plattner Institute. For participants who already arrive on Friday a Get-together is planned. A detailed schedule will be announced soon.

Frequently asked questions

What's so special about HackHPI?

There are very few hackathons focusing on social issues; we want to fix that and give you the chance to change the world for better by building applications that truly matter! You will also have the opportunity to get in touch with our awesome partners, slip into their shoes and solve real-world challenges using their API and expertise.

Will the Hackathon be in present?

We believe that Hackathons need the human contact that only in-person events can provide. We are planning firmly that we will be able to conduct the Hackathon with our hygiene concept in presence.

What are the rules concerning Corona?

We plan our hackathon as a 2g+ event. Meaning that every participant needs to be vaccinated or recovered. We will provide rapid self-tests, which every participant is required to do before the event.

Are there any requirements?

We believe that diverse teams come up with more creative solutions. A hackathon should be a way to experience teamwork and work on your abilities. We, therefore, encourage every major to apply and welcome also young professionals. However, due to legal reasons, every participant has to be 18 years old or older.

P.E.T. Free, what does that mean?

PET bottles are so 2010 - tap water is the future, we think. That's why we signed the Dopper P.E.T. Free Pledge meaning that the event will be PET free.

Are there any costs for me?

Nope! HackHPI is completely free, we provide you with food, drinks and a lot of caffeine during the whole Hackathon.

What about teams?

A Hackathon is an ideal place to meet other motivated students from other universities and majors. We will have a dedicated team building session on Saturday, in which you can find your perfect teammates. We recommend a team size between 4-6 people.

How should I prepare?

Bring your laptop and charger, comfortable clothes and above all, motivation to hack. We will additionally announce the challenges and potentially interesting papers, Data and Tools, so if you want you can already research the challenges, however, this is not mandatory.

Does HackHPI help with travel reimbursements?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide travel reimbursements.

What is HackHPI / a Hackathon?

Over a weekend, students and others interested in tackling challenges concerning clean IT come together on HPI’s campus to be creative, implement innovative ideas using code, gadgets and open data, and to have a great time.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes. We follow MLH’s code of conduct, which all attendees, partners, volunteers, and staff are required to agree to. We expect all of our attendees to be respectful and considerate of others.

How is the application process?

You can apply over the form below, please only do so if you are planning to attend the hackathon, as you might otherwise take the place of somebody else. We will then evaluate your application and inform everyone at the end of February. Even if you are not selected at the beginning you might have the chance to move up after someone else jumps up. Should you need a faster response, indicate it in the form and we will try to contact you faster.

What are the challenges?

All challenges are connected to the subject of clean IT. This means they either tackle climate change through digital solutions or the environmental problems that arise through the use of digital products. The exact challenges will be announced later on.

What API should I use?

Feel free to use whatever you will feel most comfortable with. Our partners will be happy to help you with their API and know-how.

Where can I stay during the Hackathon?

This is an all-night Hackathon. Meaning that it goes all night long. We will provide rooms in which you can sleep, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag and air mattress. We are also planning on organizing a couch surfing option from Friday to Saturday for everybody coming early, but can not guarantee that this option is available for everyone.

How can I get to the location?

Take S7 from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) towards Potsdam and exit at Griebnitzsee. It will cost just around 3,40€ one-way.

What if I have unanswered questions?

Please drop us a line at [email protected] if you have any concerns. We’d love to help you!

Can I become a partner of this hackathon?

We sadly have already finished the onboarding process of all current partners. But if you are intrested we are always happy to find new partners for our next uppcoming hackathons. [email protected].


Hasso-Plattner Institute Campus 2

University of Potsdam

August-Bebel-Str. 88
14482 Potsdam

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