The Leading Design Hackathon Organized in Europe

For curious minds who aim high and are interested in design, tech or business.


UNTIL 27.9.2019!




Wanha Satama


What Is Dash?

Dash connects students and professionals mainly from the fields of design, business and tech to work in teams for one weekend. You create inspirational solutions to challenges from companies in Finland.

Participants share a passion for solving or learning to solve problems in a diverse and creative way, utilizing various design thinking approaches.

Dash shows the power of diverse and multidisciplinary teams at their best.

Interested? Fill in your application!

What Happens in Dash?

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  • Choose your challenge.
  • THEN
  • Gather the courage and apply!
  • Dash is about learning so don't stress about it.


  • we will team you up with a cool diverse team based on your application.
  • THEN
  • we’ll prepare an info package of the company and the challenge. You might even have the possibility to visit the company before Dash!
  • we will have a prep event on the 12.10. for you to learn about design thinking and other essentials. Also this is when you meet your team!
  • working for 3 days on your solution with your team.
  • expert mentors from different fields who will guide you through the process!
  • we take care of you - free food, snacks and drinks!
  • your team presents the ready concept for the company and rocks it.
  • the company jury will award the winner!

Why Would I Join?

Fill in your application


Designing the Public Mobility of the Future with the City of Kuopio

Kuopio is constantly developing the city’s smart mobility and public transport services.

How to improve the attractiveness and usability of buses in the new Savilahti district and campus area? How can they be maintained easily and can be used throughout the year? What could be the new innovative way to connect people with the bus lines?

Helping Self-Employed People Know their Social Security with Elo

Self-employed people and entrepreneurs have a lot of responsibility. Yet they often forget to look after themselves. Many entrepreneurs aren’t aware of how their statutory pension insurance affects their social security as a whole.

How do we increase their understanding of the security that their pension insurance provides?

Designing the Future of Housing with Circular Economy with Hartela

Housing is facing a new era in many ways. Circular economy and buildings’ lifecycle have become hot topics in construction.

But how to make circular economy part of daily living and inspire residents to make the right choices?

How living could be improved using circular economy practices at home? How can circular thinking be integrated into our daily living in an apartment building?

How can Hartela and their ecosystem become the circular economy pioneers in construction in Finland?

Build a Tight Brand for Shop-in-Shops with Kotipizza

The largest pizza restaurant chain in Finland, Kotipizza, is built of two concepts tied up with one brand. Kotipizza shop-in-shops at gas stations are popular, but lack visibility and the feeling that the restaurants have.

How to make them stand out with the Kotipizza brand in the middle of gas station wonderlands of candy, donuts and coffee? How to communicate the differences between brick & mortar restaurants and shop-in-shop locations for the consumers?

Make Companies Choose more Sustainable Transportation Options with Neste

Transportation is one of the heaviest causes of emissions, and the aim is to help customers in adopting cleaner solutions.

How could Neste steer the behavior and decision making of B2B customers towards more sustainable solutions? How could Neste support B2B customers (fleets, buses...) in choosing more sustainable transportation fuel options?

Create more Efficient Ways to Integrate Immigrants to Finnish Working Culture with Startup Refugees

Slow, frustrating, expensive and inefficient have been the words to describe the challenge of integrating the new flow of immigrants.

How to find a quicker and more efficient route to work, integration and self-sustained life for immigrants in Finland? Create a solution and you will impact the work of Startup Refugees, the whole Finnish society, and change the lives of numerous immigrants.

Make a Change in the Finnish Casting Culture with Helsinki Casting

Finland's movie industry needs a fix in posture in the current casting culture. One of the current problems is that movie extras and actors are not compensated well enough and the productions are therefore lacking the right people.

How to create a fair and functioning system where the needs of all the parties involved are taken into consideration? How can Helsinki Casting push the industry towards fair pays and more convenient practices through the use of new tools for project management?
Find out more!

What Our Participants Say...

"People were enthusiastic and the atmosphere was great!"
"Even beyond my expectation, I think it's a hackathon not only about giving but we learned and had lots of fun and nice warm food"
"For me, the main point was creating and focusing on a design concept in a limited time and coming up with a solution. We did it!"
"I have met with new people and I spent a whole weekend with design."
"I loved the venue - decorations, music, plants, food, outside space and the atmosphere were truly amazing! I could work in such a venue :D"


Apply by 27.9.

2019 Timeline

Meet Our Team

Get to know all the peeps behind the Dash! We are all students and we recognise the importance of design. Check out who we are and what we design in our own lives!

Henrik Metsämäki


I design ways to achieve my dreams. I aim to focus on all the useful things but end up having 2h long conversations about life.

Emilia Lonka


I design what to eat next, when to sleep next and when to have my next holiday – I design relaxing.

Riikka Eskola


I design crazy immaterial birthday gifts.

Check out the whole team

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