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Sustainable Development Goals Hackathon - SMART CITIES

04-26/28 Klaipėda


In 2015 the United Nations adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, meant to tackle the world’s most pressing problems such as poverty, inequality, and climate change. Solutions are set out in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which countries pledged to implement by the year 2030. Given the impressive information and communications technologies (ICT) sector advancement in Lithuania, and the ICT student body being largely comprised of talented young minds,

AfriKo organises Hackathons for Sustainable Development Goals, the first of its kind in Lithuania. With ICT4D (ICT for Development) as a starting point, the Hackathon – under the banner “Hack for World” – brings together ICT and sustainable development, where one works for the other for the betterment of both. Believing that modern technologies allow for a more efficient way to deal with certain global challenges, the Hackathon invites students to create innovative solutions for problems addressed by the SDGs.

“Hack for World” hackathon at KTU Startup Space, October 2017

About Smart Cities hackathon 

This time we will focus on challenges related to urban environment, especially in African countries. Smart Cities Hackathon promises to be truly international. Around 50 expected participants – both local and international students – will be guided by a highly experienced team of mentors with expertise in sustainable urban development and smart cities from different corners of the world. 

Mentors will assist students in formulating concepts and developing ideas, business models, and products. 

Smart Cities Hackathon is organised in partnership with iamus, an international software company with offices in Singapore, Munich, and Klaipėda. iamus provides innovative solutions that enable customers to manage and optimise their environments to improve quality of life and reduce environmental impact and energy costs.



Hackathon will be looking for tech-driven solutions to advance the SDGs with a particular focus on SDG 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Specifically, we will be looking for new ideas to enhance basic service delivery, sustainable transport, energy, waste management, adequate and affordable housing and citizen engagement in cities globally (with a focus on such emerging regions as Africa, though solutions could be applicable in Lithuania’s context too).

Specific challenges will be defined by our partner organizations (iamus, Global Shapers Community – Vilnius Hub and MANDU | architecture & urbanism) and will be made available for registered participants.



Winners team


A2B team

2th team

Steet Treet

Green Tech team

3th team


New Ways team

O.K. Group Name team

Perfect Imperfections team



Ngozi Stewart

is a researcher at the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, specializing in environmental policy and regulation, coastal management, sustainability issues in aviation, food security and climate change. She has also been a key participant in United Nations working groups on Human Rights and the Environment. Currently Ngozi is part of the African Research College on Sustainable Cities.

Eugenijus Kaminskis

is a researcher and consultant at strategy and innovation advisory Homo Eminens. Eugenijus sees the world in a reflection, which combines various perspectives from arts and anthropology to economics and management. His skills on qualitative methods and problem solving enables businesses and organizations to shape strategies according to local customers’ needs and global sustainable development goals.

Rocío Armillas Tiseyra

is an urban innovation manager at TSPA. Previously, she worked with the UN-Habitat as a Gender Specialist. Specifically, she contributed to the gender mainstreaming of indicators for SDG 11 and commitments of the New Urban Agenda. At present, she is working on, a project to develop an urban innovation incubator in Berlin. She focuses on variable financial models and tools for implementation. She has worked in London, Madrid, Nairobi, and Berlin.

Oliver Goh

Iamus CEO & Founder who worked closely with IBM and SAP developing the integration of sensors into mirror worlds, creating virtual operation centres for command and control of real facilities, and dynamic 3D visualization tools. In 2016 Iamus received the prestigious Dell IoT Gold Innovation Award and opened a Living Lab in the city of Klaipeda with showcasing of full spectrum of Iamus SmartSpheresTM.

Sergey Kolpakov

is a CEO and Founder of Qtime IT HUB. He has more than 5 years of project development experience. In the past Sergey worked closely to technologies: Head of IT operational department and business development departments. In Klaipeda his current project Qtime promotes to people the alternative way of working experience, the possibility of self-development and skill growth.

Mandu dos Santos Pinto

directs his company – MANDU|architexture & urbanizm focused on sustainable and innovative solution for the urban African context. He graduated at the Swiss Institute of Technology where he specialized in urban development and sustainable construction. Mandu initiated many innovative projects in Angola, Mozambique, Senegal and Switzerland and is currently conducting a project to upgrade 60 informal settlements in 4 cities in Senegal.

Renata Urbonė

is a management professional, innovation and entrepreneurship expert with 20 years of experience in ICT projects in the international environment. Renata has hands-on experience in delivering projects not only in Europe, but also Asia and Africa, where she served as a project manager and consultant in a number of projects related to ICT4D. Currently she is developing LeanTech company Leaneria.

Gintaras Kučinskas

is a head of IT department in Klaipėda State University of Applied Sciences and all his life was IT enthusiast and related to computers. His work experience is closely related to information technology: from ComputerLand, Omnitel to Klaipeda University and Klaipėda State University of Applied Sciences. He developed and implemented Academic Information System at Klaipėda University and participating in high value infrastructure projects.

Ieva Punytė

Urban Researcher with a focus on participatory practices, circular economy and people-driven innovation. Currently, through Create for Lithuania program, Ieva is unlocking in the topic of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their implementation in spatial planning in Lithuania.

Augustinas Kuzminskas

is a head of business and partnership development at CodeAcademy and a founder of Vilnius.AI - global-minded applied artificial intelligence community. Augustinas has been working in London startup ecosystem bringing technology backed ideas to life working together with Adidas group, Ascential, LEGO and London Fashion Week. He can share his knowledge about crucial early-stage research, AI business validation and growth-hacking techniques that work with large data structures.

Igor Podoprygora

Founder and product designer @Co-openhagen* design studio. Seasoned professional with over 8 years of cross-industry experience in game development, business and communication tools.
As consultant, Igor works across the globe, offering in-depth knowledge of user interface and user experience design practices as well as full product design workflow. Focused on making the world a better place through design he is willing to help anyone who faces a brave challenge.


04-27 Friday
iamus open house – networking event at iamus office, where the

hackathon will be launched

Meet your team, chat and share ideas! (based on pre-registration
teams will be formed)
Opening of the hackathon with remarks by the head of iamus – Oliver Goh
Opening of the day 
Kick-off of the Hackathon (principles of work, “help package”)
Business model CANVAS workshop (part two)
Introduction to SDGs, smart cities and specific challenges 
Team work / consultations with mentors
Lunch time
Team work with short team building exercise
Lunch time
“How to PITCH” – short training
Social business model CANVAS workshop (part one)
Team work (preparing the final presentation)
Team work
Final PITCH presentation (3 min. for each team)    
Jury deliberate
Consultations with mentors / Team work
Wrapping-up of the day and "Closing the Loop" movie time (trailer
Awards and Networking evening




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Most frequent Q&A

  • What is a hackathon?
    A Hackathon is a competition where people come together and make a tangible product or a solution over the limited time period. During the hackathon teams have to create a solution from scratch for challenge they have chosen and prepare a pitch for final pitches session.
  • How this hackathon will be different from others?
    This hackathon will invite you to solve challenges of global importance, related to Sustainable Development Goals. We will not ask you to develop one more app that might not have much of value added, but rather focus on ideas with potential for significant impact. Also this is a hackathon where you will get an opportunity to familiarize yourself with new contexts and develop solutions to challenges of places you might never have been at.
  • When and where will the hackathon take place?
    The hackathon will take place in Klaipėda, iamus headquarters (Tiltų g. 16, Klaipėda 91246, Lithuania). It will start on Thursday (April 26th) evening with iamus open house – networking and official hackathon opening event, when teams will meet their colleagues for next two days and will get a chance to discuss about challenges and share their ideas. On Friday (April 27th) morning teams will start to hack and will end on Saturday evening (April 28th) with pitches and awards.
  • Who can participate in the hackathon?
    Anyone who are over 18 years, are students and has an interest in developing solutions related to smart cities in emerging regions. Your study background does not really matter as we will form multi-disciplinary teams from registered participants and various types of knowledge and skills are needed for success. We will accept up to 50 participants based on motivation expressed in the registration form.
  • What if I do not have a team?
    Do not worry, there will be many participants coming to hackathon on their own and we will form great teams, making sure that people with various backgrounds are represented.
  • How teams will be formed?
    Everyone interested in participating have to register individually. Once the registration is closed, the organizers will select and form the teams with 5 members in each (the aim is to have team members with diverse backrgounds). On Thursday evening at iamus open house event the teams will be announced and will get a chance to know each other. If you have a team / or friend(s) whom you would like to participate with, please indicate theirnames in registration form.
  • Do all team members have to register?
    Yes, even if you are registering as a group, all the members have to register individually. However, you should indicate your team members in the registration form.
  • What are the judging criteria?
    Judging will be based on the following criteria: How original idea is? How feasible the business model is? How much potential for impact do they have? How well Pitch presentation has been delivered?
  • Will there be prizes?
    Of course! Stay tuned for more details, we will share all the information on our website.
  • What do I need to bring?
    Your laptop and anything you think will be useful for solving the challenge.
  • Will there be food?
    We will serve main meal for lunch time and there will be coffee and tea. We suggest you to bring anything you want to snack during event.
  • Will the place be open over night?
    We believe that your brain needs some rest, so no – the place will be open for from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm on Friday and you will start again from 9:00 am on Saturday morning.




Iamus office (where the hackathon will take place) is located in the heart of Klaipėda‘s old town and is very easy to find. You can reach the place by public transport (bus) or come by car, which you will be able to park at the parking lot close to the place.

Tiltų g. 16, Klaipėda 91246, Lithuania
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