Digitalism Challenge 19: New solutions based on structured financial data

Nordic Smart Government (NSG) was the topical theme of the Digitalism Challenge 19 hackathon course in Finland. During the course, nearly 100 students solved NSG challenges. In total, the NSG programme received 19 concrete examples on how to use structured data for the benefit of SMEs.

Nordic Smart Government (NSG) was the topical theme of the Digitalism Challenge 19 hackathon course in Finland. Accenture, Aalto University and the Finnish team of the NSG 3.0 programme organized the course in November 2019. 

During the course, nearly 100 students solved NSG challenges. In total, the NSG programme received 19 concrete examples on how to use structured data for the benefit of SMEs.

The themes of the challenges included facilitating business activities and new services that can be built by making use of real time financial data in a standard, structured format.

The participating students had access to simulated electronic company data produced in the NSG 3.0 programme, i.e. purchase and sales invoices, receipts and bank statements.

Focus on SMEs in the food chain

The focus of the course was on SMEs operating in the food chain. Participating organizations were an organic farm Tapola Camphill, The Finnish Organic Association and Fat Lizard Brewing co.

The course started with a kick-off, where the students were introduced to the challenges and participating SMEs, and given an overview of the NSG 3.0 vision, electronic structured data as well as food industry.

During the actual two-day hackathon, students had help from coaches with expertise in for example real-time economy, accounting, reporting and farming. 

Awards for three teams

At the final, all student teams pitched their ideas with 4-minute pitches, and the judges chose a winner and two runner-ups. 

The winning team was Team Incredibles, which worked on the case of Fat Lizard Brewing co. Their solution was an app designed to help Fat Lizard get information about their customers in order to grow. Jury said that their work reflected very good understanding of the brewery industry.

Two runner-up teams were Team Quantum who worked on the case of Tapola Camphill and Team Dice who worked on the case of The Finnish Organic Association. 

Team Quantum presented a cloud-based solution for reporting and stock management in organic farming. 

Team Dice’s solution was a digital platform, which brings together farmers, authorities and the Finnish Organic Association and makes data, knowledge and resources transparent and accessible.