This is a condensed version of the rule book from 2017. The complete rules can be found here Rule Book Hack for Sweden 2017 updated 2017-01-17.

Needs and challenges

Government agencies need to raise awareness and show the value of their open data.

The challenge for contestants is to make use of open data from government agencies (possibly combined with other data sources) in new solutions that create increased value in the society. A solution can comprise of a working technical solution, a prototype or a concept.


The challenge for the government agencies is to spread and practically show the value with their open data. The challenges from 2017 are described on and will be updated for the round of 2018.


Data sources

The data source available for use are listed on Every data source has a description as to what it contains and its eventual terms of use. Other data sources may be used but qualification to the competition requires that data from at least one of the listed data sources is included. The process of making new data accessible is continuous, thus new data may be appended up to the start of the competition. Any new data will be updated on the web site.


Who can participate

The contest is free of charge and open for everyone. One can participate as an individual or in a team. Every team is allowed to be a maximum of 4 persons. Individuals can only participate in one team.
Employees from participating government agencies and organizations can take part in the Hack for Sweden. Teams comprising of participants who are employed at any of the participating government agencies and organizations can partake in Hack for Sweden but not compete. To be able to compete,
these representatives shall not use data from their own government agencies. This may be subject to exception.
Contestants may apply for travel grants should they need to travel over 200km (roundtrip and within Sweden) to participate to the event. The costs must be substantiated and the grants will be paid retrospectively. Application for travel grants must be sent for approval to no later than one week following the end of the competition.


Registration for Hack for Sweden

Every team and individual must register in advance, the registration will open in february. The number of places to the Hack for Sweden competition are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.


The mission during Hack for Sweden 2018

To be judged by the jury and participate in the competition, one has to follow the competition rules and create a solution that meets the following criteria:

-Use at least one of the given data sources stated in

-During the competition weekend upload your entry (for example by uploading a powerpoint, photo, video, link, code etc) to the location which will be announced during the competition


The submitted entries will be judged on the following criteria

-Formulation of the entry

-Entry’s creativity and originality

-Implementation (technical design, usability, design and presentation)

-Meet some of the challenges listed


The contestant’s rights

The ideas, prototypes, services and other materials produced during the event are owned by the authors themselves. Hack for Sweden reserves the right to describe entries in public and present them on, in the social media which are linked to Hack for Sweden and all the participating agencies and organizations’ websites and other communication and marketing channels.