15 - 31 May 2021, online in Helsinki


A hackathon for imagining alternative futures for Finnish society. 🔮️






The Feminist Futures Helsinki hackathon 2021 is not an exclusive space for programmers and hackers - and it is not an exclusive space for women. This is an inclusive space for anyone and everyone who wants to take part in shaping the future of Finnish society. A future where power is challenged (and redistributed), where multiple forms and sources of knowledge are recognised, and where culture is based on inclusion rather than exclusion. 

The past year has highlighted social and economic divides. Our hackathon challenges the notion that complex societal issues can be fixed by technology alone. Feminism asks us to put a critical eye on institutionalized power, to embrace emotion, and to think beyond binary structures.

When we say “Feminist Futures” we are talking about anti-racist, decolonial, accessible, equitable, and just futures for people of all genders and all backgrounds. Our definition of feminism begins with the belief in and the advocacy of the political, social and economic equality of all people.

Public Events


The hackathon has a series of public events open for anyone to join. Watch this space for updates, and remember to register through the link.

Collective Imagining for Feminist Futures (workshop)



The Feminist Futures Hackathon is hosting the Collective Imagining for Feminist Futures workshop, on Monday the 17th of May. The workshop is based on the Sitra Futures Frequency workshop, a way to build alternative futures.


Register here.

Where did this idea come from?
This hackathon was inspired by, and will run in parallel with Our Feminist Futures, organized by the “Make The Breast Pump Not Suck!” collaborative and supported by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Our work builds on theirs. ☂️



Four Inspiring Tracks


The hackathon has four tracks. We invite participants to join a track to imagine sustainable solutions to societal issues. The tracks are:

Urban Futures

Participants in the Urban Futures track will work on challenges related to feminist city planning, equitable and accessible urban spaces, and the role of the city in supporting the mental health of its residents. Together with the partners in this track, you will be exploring future scenarios for urban landscapes.



Inclusive Futures

Participants in the Inclusive Futures track will work on challenges related to inclusion, representation, identity, and community. The track will focus on how minoritised groups are welcomed (and sometimes not welcomed) into Finnish society, and imagine futures of inclusion, mutual respect and joy.

Well-Being Futures

Participants in the Well-Being Futures track will work on challenges related to mental health,  safety and well-being; online as well as offline. Together with the partners, you will be exploring themes such as gender-based violence, digital safety and feminist principles of the internet.

Eco-Justice Futures

Participants in the Eco-Justice Futures track will be working on challenges related to environmental and ecological justice issues in Finland. While the climate crisis is clearly a topic that relates to our natural world, the challenges in this track will also focus on how exploitation of our natural environments affects and exacerbates social issues.



“Nothing about us, without us”

We believe that those impacted by a design should be leading the design process - that’s why we partner with grassroots and community organisations for this hackathon. We hope to engage people whose lives are affected by the topics of the hackathon and who are often underrepresented in decision making.


We support political, social, and economic equality; diversity and inclusion; collaboration over competition. 📢

The Feminist Futures Helsinki hackathon initiative is supported by a grant from the School of Science Diversity and Inclusivity Fund at Aalto University.





Frequently Asked Questions




The Feminist Futures Helsinki hackathon 2021 is not an exclusive space for programmers and hackers - and it is not an exclusive space for women. This is an inclusive space for anyone and everyone who wants to take part in shaping the future of Finnish society. A future where power is challenged (and redistributed), where multiple forms and sources of knowledge are recognised, and where culture is based on inclusion rather than exclusion.



How we define feminism?  ︎︎︎

When we say “Feminist Futures” we are talking about anti-racist, decolonial, accessible, equitable, and just futures for people of all genders and all backgrounds. Our definition of feminism begins with the belief in and the advocacy of the political, social and economic equality of all people.


What is a hackathon?  ︎︎︎


A hackathon is an event in which a large group of people come together to collaborate, ideate, learn, prototype and play. It started out as being something that was created for computer programmers and which lasted a weekend, but the hackathon scene is expanding, and our hackathon is for everyone — not just programmers. Oh, and it lasts 2.5 weeks.


Who can participate in the hackathon? ︎︎︎  ︎︎︎ 

We are looking for 50 participants based in Finland. We welcome and encourage diverse backgrounds – no previous hackathon experience required!
In this hackathon, we are going to work closely with local community and grassroots organizations in Finland and the challenges will be centred around the local realities of the Finnish society. For that reason, we will prioritize participants who are based in Finland. However, if you are not based in Finland but believe that you will have valuable insights to contribute, you are welcome to apply.

During the hackathon, there will be events and talks that will be open and public for non-participants, too. We will announce them on our website by the time the hackathon starts.


When does the hackathon take place? ︎︎︎ ︎︎︎

The hackathon will take place online from May 15th to May 31st, 2021.

How do I apply? ︎︎︎ ︎︎︎ 
  The application period is open from April 16- May 1, 2021. Participants can apply individually through this application form. Our team will then create multidisciplinary teams. We will try our best to match everyone’s interests, preferences, availability, and needs.

What can I expect from the hackathon?  ︎︎︎

During the first weekend we will have a kickoff event with talks and workshops from our partner organizations. These sessions will help us all get in the mood and get ready for the projects in the four tracks. You will then get to work with your project team. Our partner organizations will work as mentors for the teams throughout the hackathon, so you will also get a chance for some one-on-one with them. We will give you different milestones throughout the hackathon, and you can expect to check in with the other teams as well. On the final day (May 31) we will have the big show off, as well as some fun surprises.

What’s the schedule and time commitment?  ︎︎︎

This is not a full-time hackathon. The event takes place over a little more than 2 weeks, so there can be more space to accomodate people with different daily schedules and responsibilities. We expect most participants to be able to dedicate at least 10 hours/week for the hackathon. However, if you can only commit to 5-10 hours/week, it will be possible to indicate this in the application form. The full schedule will be announced closer to the hackathon.

What topics will I be working on?  ︎︎︎

The hackathon will have four tracks, and every track will have concrete challenges. The tracks are:

Urban Futures
Inclusive Futures
Well-Being Futures
Eco-Justice Futures

What will be the outcome of our teamwork?  ︎︎︎

Sometimes, hackathons can be pretty tech-focused but we aim for our hackathon to be more inclusive of alternative solutions, art, community engagement, campaigns, programmes and frameworks for systemic thinking. We will not be restricting what form your solution will take, but will do our best, together with the mentors, to help you.

What tools will we be using in the hackathon?  ︎︎︎

Since this is an online hackathon, we will be using a few different tools to enable our collaborations to run smoothly. We will be using Zoom, Miro and Slack throughout the hackathon. Don’t worry if some (or all) of these are unfamiliar to you. We will make sure to introduce them all.
For this reason you will need a computer with internet connection during the hackathon.


What happens after the hackathon?  ︎︎︎

We value collaboration over competition — so we will not be announcing one ultimate winner of the hackathon. We will however be providing opportunities to continue your project for the groups that are interested in doing so. More on that later.

Who is organising the hackathon?  ︎︎︎

This team originated from the intersection of the Crisis Interrogatives Transdisciplinary Research Collective and the Critical AI & Data Justice in Society course at Aalto. We are a team with diverse experience in hackathon facilitation, communication, design, community organising, and experience in and connection with a large number of local grassroots organisations. We are passionate about collaboration and empowerment, and are eager to foster creative spaces here in Finland.