Ihminen+ Hack is a hackathon accompanying the Ihminen+ seminar. The events are independent, so you can sign up to the hackathon without attending the seminar. Prizes will be given out in 3 categories: Human Upgrade, Future Vision and People’s Choice. The winning team of each category will receive awesome prizes and tickets to the main seminar event. Teams are limited to 4 members.

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What is a hackathon?

Hackathon is an event where people get together to solve problems, explore new technology, make awesome things, have fun, learn from each other and perhaps develop something useful while doing so. Hackathons are built around technology.

Sure, taking part in a hackathon exposes you to technology and coding. But not everyone needs to be a programmer. Hackathon needs all kinds of skills from graphics design and storytelling to health and medical expertise and out-of-the-box thinking. If you enjoy challenging yourself and social learning, a hackathon is an event for you.

The objective in each hackathon is to build a demo or a prototype - often software. It can be done for fun, for the challenge or for the prize. It can be something useful or entertaining or perhaps done simply because you could do so.

To this end, prepare to hang around with people with different backgrounds and skills. The best teams are those with programmers, designers, subject experts and even a mad scientist. And definitely, the best team is with you.


Xinno, MAMK main campus
Prikaatinkatu 3
50100 Mikkeli




Saturday 17.9.2016
10:00 Registration and coffee
11:00 Event opening
Track and challenges introductions
Team matchmaking
12:00 Hacking
13:00 Buffet lunch
17:30 Food available
18:00 Sauna for women
19:30 Sauna for men
22:00 Survival packs for the night
Sunday 18.9.2016
9:00 Breakfast available
12:00 Presentations & Demos
14:00 Food
14:30 Robot War side event
16:00 Awards ceremony
17:00 Closing

Competition rules

  1. Teams must be sized from 1 to 4 people.
  2. Teams must present their work at the end of the hackathon.
  3. Teams can include only people who have registered before the event.
  4. All competition works have to be published online (e.g. Github) with an open license (e.g. CC-BY 4.0, GPLv3)
  5. The team has the ownership for their work (code, graphics etc.)
  6. The winner is decided by judges who use the below criteria to determine a winner of both tracks (Human Upgrade and Future Vision)

The judges

The judges will represent different aspects of technology and the future it enables. Domains include future research, programming, hardware, games, virtual reality and technology business.

More information about tracks below.


Human Upgrade

Human Upgrade is a technical track for hacking functional prototypes - mock-ups and presentations are not enough. Your prototype is judged based on what works, not how the prototype is supposed to work.


Human-Computer Interaction

Find new ways for humans to interact with computers. This could mean a new kind of user interface, possibly gesture- or movement-based, new ways to visualize information or a new form of interface between a human and a computer.

Example projects

  • Instrument played with your gestures
  • Visualization for exploring open data trends
  • Head tracker used for controlling mouse cursor

Materials available for projects

Cognitive Computing

Give your computer a brain! This challenge is about expanding computing to areas that are traditionally more suitable for humans. Some of the many applicable technologies are machine learning, fuzzy logic, computer vision, natural language processing and evolutionary computation.

Example projects

  • Virtual digital assistant for lawyers
  • Computer vision system for determining the alertness level of a person
  • Program for summarizing long articles

Virtual reality and Augmented reality

Merge the computer’s world with your own in this challenge. Either make creations that immerse others totally in their man-made world, or combine the best parts of virtual and physical reality.

Example projects

  • Augmented reality game
  • 3D virtual reality web browser
  • Virtual environment for exploring the mechanics of a car engine

Wearable electronics

Augment yourself with self-made digital gadgets. We provide the materials for building devices that can measure your body and movement, and interface with smart phones or computers.

Example projects

  • T-shirt with flashing lights
  • Posture sensor/alarm
  • Sports tracker

Materials available for projects

  • Lilypad sewable electronic modules
  • T-shirts

Open challenge

Build anything! We accept functional prototypes that don’t fit in the other categories.


Each member of the winning team gets a Nintendo 2DS handheld game console.


The judging is based on functional prototypes. Show a demo - software, hardware or both. It has to work.

How and what technology was used

Best use of the available technology and data. Code software or build hardware but make sure it’s done in the most awesome way. Think of new ways to do stuff and how to achieve something that was previously not possible. Think what could be possible in future.

Idea and feasibility

What your prototype does? Does it provide entertainment value and is fun to use? Or does it solve real life problems, make doing things easier or more effective than before?

Is it possible to make it work? Is it a dream or a feasible prototype?

The demo

Make sure it works. Show us what you’ve built.

Future visions

Future Visions is a track for presenting and visualizing your vision of the future. The result can be a presentation, a video, a 3D model, a miniature model, or some other way to communicate your idea to others. Product ideas, utopias, simulations, and concepts are all welcome. Use your imagination! Your concept is judged based on its freshness, vision, imaginativeness and presentation.


Society and everyday life

Now it’s your time to make a difference. Either propose a small improvement to the ways things are done around you, or present wild visions of a world order that would be right in your opinion.

Smart city

What would the city of the future look like? How do new technologies and the recent explosion of available data shape metropolises? Present your ideal city, or just your outlook on the direction cities are moving towards.


How do people travel in the future — or do they travel at all? Transportation is an important part of cultural and economic development. Show us how you think the technology of moving around advances in the future.


Learning is more than just sitting in a classroom. How does education and everyday learning change in the future? Are universities, schools and classrooms on their way out, or do they grow stronger? Present your vision!

Open challenge

Present anything! We also accept presentations that don’t fit in the other categories.


Each member of the winning team gets a Polar Loop 2 activity tracker.


The judging is based on the idea and it’s presentation. Immerse us in your vision.

The idea and impact

Think big or outside of the box. It’s all about the amazing concepts, originality and fresh ideas. Think of entertainment, society, daily life or other ideas that matter.

What and why

Have you done your background research? Why you have this vision? Is it an utopia or dystopia? Should we work to get there to avoid it? Is it possible or something we need to make possible.

The presentation

Tell a story, show a (really) short film, visualize with graphics or you whatever tools and methods you want to use. Let the us live your vision and experience it fully.

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