Digital Humanities Hackathon in Helsinki, Finland (Deadline: 02.04.19)

Deadline: 02.04.19


Dates of the project: 15.05 – 24.05 2019 in Helsinki, Finland


The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon is a chance to experience an interdisciplinary research project from start to finish within the span of 1½ weeks. For researchers and students from computer science, the hackathon gives the opportunity to test their abstract knowledge against complex real-life problems. For people from the humanities and social sciences, it shows what is possible to achieve with such collaboration. The hackathon gives the experience of intensely working with people from different backgrounds as part of an interdisciplinary team, as, during the hackathon, each group will develop a digital humanities research project from start to finish. Working together, they will formulate research questions with respect to particular data sets, develop and apply methods and tools to answer them, and present the work at the end of the hackathon.


Application period: –2.4.2019.

Wed 15.5.2019 at 13:00 onwards: Orientation and forming of the groups

Thu-Fri 16.–17.5.2019: Intensive preparation period for the participants – introductions to material, forming of research questions and work plans (from morning until night)

Sat-Sun 18.–19.5.2019: Free weekend in Helsinki

Mon-Fri 20.5.–24.5.2019: Intensive hackathon period (daily from morning until night, social programme included)

Fri 24.5.2019 at 13:00–17:15: Public presentations of the projects


The hackathon is aimed mainly for MA students and beyond. As a course in Helsinki, it is part of the 30 credit digital humanities module (see here), and data science master’s programme (see here). While there are no formal prerequisites to attend, priority may be given to people with skills most deemed necessary by the organisers and team leaders. 


Register your interest in DHH19 during the application period (–2.4.2019.) using this link:

Spon­sor­ship of travel and ac­com­mod­a­tion

We are prepared to sponsor approximately 20 participants outside Helsinki, Finland with travel (inside Europe) and accommodation. The travel costs will be reimbursed based on the cheapest alternative. You can apply for the sponsorship by filling out the Hackathon registration form – please provide an estimate of the travel costs in the form. Please do not make any bookings before you have been informed whether your sponsorship application is approved (5.4.2019). Note also that we anticipate that there will be more applications than what we can grant sponsorships for.

The sponsored accommodation will be located in the prize-winning and much appreciated Eurohostel near city centre by the sea. Accommodation will be in 2 person standard rooms (shared toilet and bathroom). More information about Eurohostel:


3–5 ECTS credits may be gained from participating in the hackathon for students in participating universities. Assessment: pass/fail, based on participation in the group work, presentation, and an individual report.

Students from the University of Helsinki: please contact Mikko Tolonen for more details on the credits.

Students from Aalto University: please contact Jukka Suomela for more details on the credits.

Students from other universities will need to make their own arrangements, but may solicit support from the organisers in doing so.

Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions

Q: Who is eligible for applying for the hackathon?
A: All MA level students and beyond, from anywhere can register their interest in DHH19 during the application period (–2.4.2019.) by filling the application form. We might ask you for further information that is needed in the selection procedure.

Q: How the selection procedure of the participants will be done and by whom?
A: The applications received during the application period will be evaluated by the general DHH organizers and team leaders. Priority may be given to people with skills most deemed necessary – we aim for a balanced mix of students in computer science, humanities, and social sciences.

Q: Can I join the hackathon with my own funding?
A: Yes, you are most welcome! The hackathon will have space for approximately 40 participants, of which we are prepared to sponsor approximately 20 participants.

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