Hack Internet Week Denmark – the aftermath

By Camilla Sondrup Nielsen

With the rise of technology, skepticism and distrust are equally on the rise. How can we turn this around? How can we use technology to increase trust in the digital age? These are some of the questions that we will address at the next IWDK festival.

In order to get ahead, on November 12th, IWDK in collaboration with Orbit Lab hosted a mini hackathon. Hack Internet Week Denmark was an opportunity for students to come and work on a concrete challenge – a digital contraption to be used at next year`s IWDK festival which evolves around the topic Trust & Tech, Today & Tomorrow. A total of five groups with various backgrounds, technical and non-technical, were tasked with developing potential concepts and gadgets to push the boundaries of trust.

Each participant showed great effort, and we were very impressed with the level of creativity as well as the reflections and concrete ideas that emerged within a short timeframe. All projects contained massive potential and elements of brilliance. However, it was the Badge Tracking team consisting of Jonas Nielsen, Sigurd Vilstrup, and (on phone) Mads Jensen who took the victory and claimed the first prize of a gift voucher for Steam. Their idea involved badges with built-in sensors making IWDK participants able to entrust each other with personal information by bumping their badges against one another.

Several of the projects could potentially be incorporated in Internet Week Denmark 2020, and we encourage more ideas still. If you are curious and would like to be involved, please do not hesitate to contact us at Info@internetweekdenmark.com.