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.
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.
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.
What happens after the hackathon? ︎︎︎
We value collaboration over competition, so we will not be announcing any winners of the hackathon. We also want to encourage long term impact, which is why we are working on raising funds to support the teams who wish to continue working on their projects after the hackathon. We welcome potential sponsors to get in touch if they wish to hear more about these opportunities.
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.