Let’s take a little throwback to May, when Junction organized Solve the SDGs hackathon together with Aalto Ventures Program and Aalto University:

Even before the coronavirus crippled the world, we’ve been facing severe challenges regarding the well-being of the planet, ecosystem and humanity. Many of these challenges have been codified by the UN into Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

Solve the SDGs is a hackathon where we focus on solving these challenges. It’s a hackathon for people, who want to make a difference. For people, who don’t want to watch the world burn, but to save it.

Here’s Finnish Red…


It’s not only about the investors’ money.

To an outsider, emerging industries like AI or smart cars are somewhat of a thing-in-itself — they reportedly grow fast, have their moments of hype, and soon get reduced to buzzwords. But from the inside things look quite different — especially for startups — there’s little viable industry stats, lack of insightful use-cases, no established institutions, and pains of searching for talent. That’s why often communities come in and power emerging industries.

Challenges that emerging industries face

Take the Conversational AI industry, for example, which is estimated to grow from $4.73 billion in 2020 to $18.5 billion by…


Already prior to the present predicament with the coronavirus, the world has been facing severe challenges regarding the well-being of the planet, the ecosystem, and humanity. Many of these challenges have been codified by the United Nations into the Sustainable Development Goals (=SDGs).

The Sustainable Development Goals are an urgent call for action and range from promoting well-being for all at all ages to ensuring clean water and sanitation for everyone, from gender equality to protecting the ecosystem both on land and underwater.

Solve the SDGs is a hackathon where the focus is on solving these challenges. It’s a hackathon…


Stupid ideas + fearless experimentation = magic 🧙‍♂️

“What a great idea! This is definitely feasible for business!”, said no one ever at a Stupid Hack.

Usually for hackathons you need a good idea and a good technical execution of it. For Stupid Hack, all you need is an idea. It doesn’t even have to be good or anything — on the upside, the stupider the idea, the better chance it has to win the hackathon.

This is the fifth time Junction is organizing a Stupid Hack and the second time it’s organized online. Originally the event has gathered participants…


Probably the most cherished thing we have at the company is our own hackathon platform, Junction App, where we use the Gavel algorithm to judge projects. And yet, despite all the love and care our tech team gives it each day, it somehow let us down at the most crucial moment of this year’s main event.

Three weeks ago, we were at the final stretch of the Junction hackathon weekend. Our ears were blessed and nerves were calmed with a developer-friendly meditation track, whispering comforting hackathon-related phrases through our headphones. “Gavel review, works”

Yeah, until it doesn’t.

A recap of the storm


2020 has been a special year for many reasons, one being that it is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Finland and China.

And so, the local JunctionX team in Chengdu decided to celebrate this big time (as big as they could, considering the current corona situation). With the support of the Chengdu and Tianfu New Area, the team built an amazing hub for their local participants.

This was the first time that the team took part in building Junction’s yearly flagship event.

The China Hub was located at Tianfu New Area, Chengdu. In addition of…


The hacking is now over and the winners have been chosen! Huge thank you to all participants — you made the hackathon amazing despite the special situation we are living in at the momet.

Absolutely amazing job everyone and huge congratulations to all winners! Below you will find a list of all winners.

Junction 2020 Connected

🥇 Main Prize winner: Saavi — Healthy Finance

Finalists

FunTime
Watermelon Wonderland VR
Eco Save
Social Meat
Vibe by team Discover
Wunee
HiveMind
VRTherapy
Pingu

💥 Main Partner Winners

Coffee Intelligence Served — Paulig

1st place: Dash Ramp
2nd place: Kahvia

Data-driven Responsible Meat — HKScan

1st place: Social Meat

Help give the world a better headphone listening experience — Genelec

Shared 1st place: HearMe360 & Sound Orbit

Preventing drug use among youth — CGI and Tampere

1st place: Learn with Lumi…


Data is the new gold, you’ve probably heard a couple of times. A slightly older saying goes that coffee is the common man’s gold.

Ergo, data about coffee is — the new gold of the common man…?

Let’s find out! Pour yourself a ‘damn good’ cup, buckle up and read on, if you want to hear what we’re thinking your brilliant minds at Junction could achieve with data on food and drinks.

Hello from Paulig!

In case you are not familiar with Paulig Group: We are a family-owned food and beverage company, offering a world of flavors for home cooks, baristas and professional…


The theme and keyword for JunctionX Seoul 2020 was interaction. As the pandemic has made us distance ourselves physically from one another, the team wanted JunctionX Seoul 2020 to be an innovative playground where all participants could interact with one another despite it all.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Korean government restricted offline gatherings to max 10 people. For everyone’s safety, SHIFT — the non-profit organization organizing JunctionX Seoul — decided to organize JunctionX Seoul 2020 fully online. The event gathered 250 participants from 25 different nationalities.

Even though it was held online, JunctionX Seoul 2020 made sure that the experience was amazing for all participants.

Online interaction, a challenge accepted and defeated

The theme and keyword for JunctionX Seoul 2020 was interaction. As the pandemic has made us distance ourselves physically from one another, the team wanted JunctionX Seoul 2020 to be an innovative playground where all participants could…

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