Are you a student, SME or institution working in the Blue Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region?

Join the first-ever Baltic Blue Bioeconomy Hackathon
as a student, mentor or expert!


Please note that due to the increasing COVID-19 measures across Europe, the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy Hackathon has unfortunately been postponed until further notice. The event is still expected to still take place at a later date in 2020. If you would like to attend the Hackathon on a new date, please express your interest through filling in the registration form and we will keep you updated. Thank you for your understanding.

The SUBMARINER Network is organising the first-ever Baltic Blue Bioeconomy Hackathon to collect innovative and creative ideas to promote, accelerate and shape the future of the Blue Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region. As part of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Blue Platform project, we are inviting students, companies, authorities and other actors active in the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy to join us at the beautiful marine station of Kristineberg, Sweden in 2020!

How does it work?

Between 5 to 10 student teams, consisting of a minimum of 5 students each, will buckle down for 48 hours to develop their innovative solution to one of the 4 challenges presented below. The teams should be multi-disciplinary, gender-balanced and represent the Baltic Sea Region. During the 48 hours, the teams will be supported by one mentor per team, and have access to a panel of experts that they can call on for advice and suggestions to improve their solutions. The teams will be judged by a panel of experts on a range of indicators, including creativity, possibility for implementation and consideration of whole value chains. You can register as an indivdual or with a formed team. 

The Hackathon should lead to new solutions, but not only technical. We are hoping to generate a bunch of new, innovative ideas and to form new networks, partnerships and collaborations! 

Location: Kristineberg Marine Station, 45178 Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

How to get there? Travel to Gothenburg Airport - from which a free bus transfer will be organised on the evening of Friday 3 April or alternatively on the morning of Saturday 4 April. 


The four challenges below focus on realising products, processes, technologies and solutions to improve the circularity, reusability or sustainability of a company - and/or address wider challenges or opportunities in the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy. You are invited to submit concrete challenges fitting under one of the themes.

  • Influencing consumer habits
    What you can do with non-commercial marine resources for the food industry? How can the Baltic consumer be convinced to eat more aquaculture, mussels and algae products? What about 'scary' seafood, by-catch or side-streams? How may we generally improve the reputation of the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy to consumers?

  • How to utilise non-commercial marine resources for the food industry?
    From seaweed, from aqualture - realising a low or even zero-waste economy - what can be realised with the parts that are not immediately used for production; focus on foods and non-foods?

  • Harvesting and processing technologies
    Drying technologies seaweed; mussel production - separating the shells from the meat; reducing the negative environmental impacts of bioeconomy sectors; realising multi-use in the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy

  • How to decrease negative environmental impacts from marine resources production?
    Multi-use; upscaling; cumulative impacts assessments

Why join as a mentor or expert?

Joining the Hackathon as a mentor means that you will be on-site during a full weekend in 2020. You will lead one of the teams participating in the Hackathon that chose to work on a challenge most related to your topic - and give them all-round advice.

  • Networking

  • Exposure

  • Creative ideas for solving company challenges 

Why join as a student?

  • Fun!

  • Mentoring

  • Cash prize

  • Trainings (storytelling, pitching, business development)

  • Free accommodation at the Kristineberg Marine Station in Sweden for the weekend of 4-5 April 2020

  • Getting to know other creative students

Would you like to know more?

If you would like to be involved in the organisation of the Hackathon and are keen to further develop the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy - there are opportunities to join the Hackathon as a sponsor. Contact us to learn more!

Contact Lisa Simone de Grunt to join the Hackathon as a sponsor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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