Episode 02: Shape my City

powered by the City of Lucerne, the Master in Applied Information and Data Science of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and by opendata.ch

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Laboratorium Lucerne
Schedule: Friday, 27th November 2020, from 9am to
Saturday, 28th November 2020 6pm


Welcome to our second episode of Open Hackdays, which will take place on November 27-28 at the Laboratory in Lucerne. This yearly event series is organized by the students currently attending the master’s degree course in Applied Information and Data Science at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts in collaboration with opendata.ch.

In this episode, we’re all about the city of Lucerne. Together, we want to drive the city forward to become a smarter digital Lucerne to make city life more ecological and resource-saving and increase equal opportunities for its citizens and visitors. Participate in this event and solve real challenges around the City! Let’s collaborate to transform Lucerne for a better tomorrow.

Take part now!


Friday, 27.11.

09.00  Welcome breakfast
09.15   Introduction
09.30  Challenge pitching
10.30  Group building
11.30  Start hacking
12.30  Lunch
19.00  Delicious Dinner
20.00  Continue hacking – open end

Saturday, 28.11.

08.00  Individual start hacking with breakfast
12.00  Lunch
14.00  Input Talk (to be announced)
open for friends & supporters!
14.45  Presentation of your creations
& open discussion
16.00 Teaser 2021 & closing Apéro  

What is a Hackathon?

What can you expect?

Two exciting, exhausting and challenging days are waiting for you! Together with your skills and the business knowledge of our local partners and mentors, we will develop innovative solutions for various challenges around the city of Lucerne in about 48 hours. 

In cooperation with various neighbourhood associations of the city of Lucerne, the Forum Luzern 60+ as well as EWL – Energy Wasser Luzern we prepared exciting topics and datasets for you, which specifically address needs in Lucerne. On the first hack day, our group leaders will present specific challenges, which you can join afterwards. If you already have a specific topic, of course, you can also create your own challenge team.

Hear what the participants, challengers and organizers of last year’s event said about their experience!


We’ll provide an inspirational location including a refreshing shower and, for the participants who want to work through the night, sleeping possibilities. Of course, there’s also plenty of brainfood, exciting datasets, a motivated crowd and diverse know-how and knowledge from all around the world. 


This event is entirely under the motto “Participation” and you are invited to take part on this exceptional event to decide on the future of Lucerne. The Open Data Hackdays are open to all interested persons who want to creatively deal with city data as software developers, designers, data scientists, analysts or idea carriers. Let us come together and help Lucerne to become a smarter digital city!

All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our hackathon are required to agree with the Hack Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody. For more details on how the event is run, see the Guidelines on our wiki.


In case you (unfortunately) have to cancel your registration for the Open Hackdays, we kindly ask you to inform us and unsubscribe from the list at least 7 days before the event, by the 20th November: We all don’t want to waste food, do we?


You will soon find the challenges here, as they will be uploaded and updated.
Together in teams, you will solve tough and exciting city challenges to benefit the citizens of the city of Lucerne and its businesses for economic growth, social welfare and environmental sustainability. These topics are constantly being expanded and are not complete yet.


Do I need a project idea or a team to participate?

No, this is not necessary. At the beginning of the Hackdays different project ideas and challenges will be presented. You can contribute to the project idea that inspires you the most.

Are the Hackdays only for developers?

No, the Hackdays are not only for developers, but also for visualizers & designers, economists, urban planner, enthusiasts, journalists, lateral thinkers, special sauces & doers. Programming skills are not required.

Do I have to stay on site for almost 48 hours?

No, that’s not necessary. Still, to contribute efficiently to the success of your chosen project, discuss well with your team when, where and on what you work

What do I need to bring with me?

Most important: don’t forget your laptop. You may also want to bring your notebook, pens and possibly a sleeping bag. However, we will provide you with a basic supply of material, such as papers, flipcharts, post-it, food and drinks.

Is there enough power supply on site?

Don’t you worry, we are prepared for the worst. Highspeed WIFI & Powers supply is guaranteed. There won’t be anything that can stop us from tackling these challenges.

Is the food for FREE?

Yes, all meals will be for free on both hackdays. Same for the sleeping possibilities, the hackdays are for free for all participants: CHF 0.-, gratuit.

Can I bring friends or supports? / Can I join without working on a challenge?

Sure you can, but as respect for our hard-thinking, hard-designing and hard-hacking community – not before Saturday 2pm. We need to focus on the challenges and earn the apéro ;)

You are interested in the Master’s of Science programme in Applied Information and Data Science from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts?

The IDS Master’s programme enables you to use the potential in data to create innovative products and services, develop new business models and optimise current processes. The Master’s programme provides you with deep expertise as well as specific skills that you can apply readily in your work. You will be working on various projects to build your knowledge by tackling real-life problems encountered in a wide range of applied fields – under the guidance of experienced lecturers, each with a strong track record in academia and the industry.
Find out more and visit the website of the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts.

Registration deadline

20th November 2020


Further questions?

If you have any questions, you can reach us at the email addresses listed below, or on Facebook at Open Hack Days. Feel free to ask!




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