Hack the Crisis Sweden – winners of virtual hackathon with 7000+ participants

Hack the Crisis Sweden – 7000+ hackers, submitting over 500 solutions to help Sweden cope with the corona virus; as part of an initiative by The Swedish Government the first weekend of April. The objective: come up with solutions that can be implemented within two months and make real impact. We joined – AND WON our category!!

Putting together a team with members from Stockholm, Frankfurt and Pajala we set out on a quest to present a concept on how to ‘save businesses’. Proposing the use of ‘Platsbanken’ – the most powerful job posting board in Sweden owned by Arbetsförmedlingen – and adding ‘remote’ and ‘gigs’ as new functions to make it easier to source temporary skills throughout the whole country to quicker match skills and available jobs.

Go team Emma Lundberg, Andree Stryewski, Fredrik Lundberg and Linnea Huhta! Hope our ‘Remote + Gigs on Platsbanken’ solution can be implemented and provide some help for both people looking for work, and companies looking for skills going forward.

About our solution

To help people that have been laid-off, as well as businesses looking to attract key skills to help them through the crisis, we suggest remote and gig work functions to be added on the Swedish Public Employment Service’s ‘Platsbanken’. This will make it easier to source temporary skills throughout the whole country to quicker match skills and available jobs.

Jury motivation

“The jury for the category ”Helping Business” had a challenging task choosing the winning concept; many strong and elaborate concepts were presented.However, when concluding our thoughts on Realisability, Benefit for society, Scalability and Comprehensibility, there was one submission that stood out as a winner.Our winning case aims to solve a very real problem, raised by the Swedish Public Employment Service going into this hackathon: ”How to enable a quicker match of specific workforce skills with specific business demands when the wheels do start to move again? Our winning case is a solution that speaks directly to the remote work and gig-economy that a big part of Swedish businesses are made up of today.Our winner is called “Remote plus Gigs on Platsbanken”.”


Thank you Hack for Sweden, DIGG – Myndigheten för digital förvaltning and everyone else involved for organizing this great event. And to all the hackers – wow. I’m both humbled and blown-away by this experience. What a journey!

More at: hackthecrisis.se
See our full presentation: Uploaded on Guaana

Emelie Fågelstedt

Independent communications strategist supporting organizations with their digital business and communications strategy since 2010. Founder of digital agency Fågelstedt Kommunikation and co-founder of Svenska Nomader, Sweden's largest platform for digital nomads. Public speaker on tech, social media, e-commerce and the future of work.

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