The Leading Design Hackathon Organized in Europe

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

18.-20.10.

2019

18.-20.10.2019


Wanha Satama


Helsinki

Dash

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Today's Hot Potato


As humans, we want user-friendly services. Companies, on the other hand, aim to provide competitive products. It is proven, that design-oriented companies outperform others. Find out more here.

To fulfill people and companies’ needs, design is an essential factor. Europe’s biggest hackathon, Dash, makes this all possible by bringing together creative people with various companies and their challenges! Teams combine their strengths in art, tech, business etc. to create concrete concepts and fresh solutions.

About us

DASH – Today's hot potato

As humans, we want user-friendly services. Companies, on the other hand, aim to provide competitive products. It is proven, that design-oriented companies outperform others.

To fulfill people and compenies’ needs, design is an essential factor. Europe’s biggest hackathon, Dash, makes this all possible by bringing together creative people with various companies and their challenges! Teams combine their strengths in art, tech, business etc. to create concrete concepts and fresh solutions.

All the magic happens in a 48h long hackathon held in Wanha Satama, starting on 18.10.2019.

2019 Timeline

2018 Statistics

250
participants
50
projects
8
challenges

The Double Diamond

Here’s a demonstration of a design process in a form of a double diamond (fancy, ha!). Let’s imagine the time before Airbnb and how a possible design process would go. Go ahead and click the steps to dive deeper!

Got a problem, eh? Don’t ya worry buddy, we’ve got your back!

In this step you’re supposed to widen your perspective of the problem through background research and brainstorming. Scribble down all your ideas – crazy or not!


In the case of Airbnb, the problem would be limited amount of accomodation available in both popular and unknown travel destinations. Hotels are often too expensive, especially for young travelers. They also tend to be quite homogenic around the world and don’t provide possibilities to meet locals. Youngsters, however, often value low price over special comfort, but might prefer a private room over a hostel dorm.

Now you need to narrow down the parts of the problem into a definition. Now that you are familiar with the problem, it is time to start exploring all the solutions that come to your mind.


The bottom line of the problem is that there’s a need for more variety in accommodations and their prices.


So what can we do for this? We could always build more (and cheaper) hotels but that wouldn’t be very efficient. As people are looking for accommodation, there are always lots of empty apartments in any given city.

Go through your ideas and choose the ones that most efficiently eliminate the causes of the problem.


Create a platform that allows people to stay in regular people’s apartments. This also enables encounters with locals and a wider price range for private rooms. For the owner of an empty apartment or room, renting it out is an easy way to make money.

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

HEAD OF DASH

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

HEAD OF DASH & ART DIRECTOR

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

Riikka Eskola

MARKETING & VISUAL DESIGN

I design crazy immaterial birthday gifts.

Check out the whole team

Past Challenges

Developing airport customer services

FINAVIA

In order to fulfill Finavia’s mission to be recognized from an exceptionally high-quality service culture and smooth connection flights this challenge was focused on new ways of delivering high-quality customer service experience in the future with the aid of modern technologies.

Easing the maintenance process of everyday appliances

eCraft

Is it possible to create cheaper and more sustainable choices concerning the lifecycle of broken-down appliances? The key factors of this challenge were to create solutions to ease the maintenance process, find new ways to provide maintenance or even make new business models around the subject.

Making circular economy services a new normal

L&T

Circular economy is a solution made to change the outdated over-consuming culture of ours. How could these services become daily activities making consumers lives easier? New solutions were sought to make people choose circular economy services instead of other options.

Designing games for those still unserved

Electronic Arts

True innovation was sought in the mobile games space by creating responses to the needs of still unserved. This challenge could be approached for example by finding new market segments and extending new genres from already existing categories.

Providing services for entrepreneurs and businesses

City of Espoo

In this challenge the core purpose was to find ways of providing easy and efficient services for businesses in different growing stages and making them better-known amongst entrepreneurs and businesses.

Luring people to the franchising business

R-kioski

Solutions were created based on two main questions: why there is a lack of interest towards franchising and how could the concept and/or the contract be possibly developed to make a change.

Enhancing the gender equality in tech

Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

This challenge focused on enhancing the gender equality and position of women in tech using a certain process developed by Peace Innovation Labs.

Using technology to improve healthcare services

DXC Technology

How could databases and information technology applications be used more efficiently to make healthcare systems less complex and truly helpful for patients and employees?

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