Good design is the cornerstone of every successful business

A hackathon is a tool for problem solving, where a group of people gathers to find solutions to a given challenge. The word has its roots in software development, but the term is used more than ever to describe intensive, short-term problem solving.
A design hackathon is in many ways like a traditional hackathon, only it's about problem solving using design thinking, and researching the task at hand.
This year, to create opportunities for designers and bring awareness to the demand for design in tech, we are organizing two Design Conferences.
The sign-up for participants will open in August. We will form the teams for you - so make sure to bring your abilities forward in your application!
At the Prep Event you´ll get to know your challenge and how to create efficient team dynamics. You will also learn new tools and methods for doing the research and design for the project, so it's very important for everyone to be there!
At the Main Event, you are divided into teams of 6. Your team begins to create ideas on how to actually solve the problem at hand. After 48 hours you will have come up with ideas, prototypes, strategies and solutions to your challenge.


At Dash, we will focus on design process at it's purest, and pay extra attention to the research needed to create innovative and working solutions. We want to create a unique experience where young experts from different fields can meet each other and solve actual problems using well-proven methods.

This event is for everyone interested in design thinking and world-changing. And by everyone, we truly mean everyone – it doesn’t matter whether you are a student or in working life, whether you feel passionate about design, developing or startups, or whether you just find this event interesting and want to see how far your wings can take you.


Design hackathons have the potential to solve real problems, and this something we are going to embrace at Dash! We cannot underline enough the importance of discovering the real problem by understanding the end users.

One way to figure the design process is through a double diamond -model. Previous hackathons have focused on just the second half, developing and delivering. Dash will be the first hackathon going through the whole process, creating more mature and usable solutions to problems.

Dash is organized by Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, the largest and most developed student entrepreneurship community in Europe. Aaltoes organizes various events and programs to promote entrepreneurship and help early-stage startups to start their ventures. Aaltoes is behind events and programs such as Kiuas, early-stage startup incubator, and FallUp, Europe’s entrepreneurship event for students.