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Postponed: Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2020



It’s comin’ back around again! The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon #DHH20 dates have been confirmed: 27.5.–5.6.2020. As a CLARIN and DARIAH summer school, the event will be truly international welcoming applications from all over Europe. This year we are prepared to sponsor around 20 participants from outside Finland with flights and accommodation (more information to follow). We are also a SSHOC training event and NewsEye project will have a strong presence at the hackathon.

The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon is a chance to experience an interdisciplinary research project from start to finish within the span of 10 days. For researchers and students from computer science and data science, the hackathon gives the opportunity to test their abstract knowledge against complex real-life problems. For people from the humanities and social sciences, it shows what is possible to achieve with such collaboration.

For both, the hackathon gives the experience of intensely working with people from different backgrounds as part of an interdisciplinary team, as, during the hackathon, each group will develop a digital humanities research project from start to finish. Working together, they will formulate research questions with respect to particular data sets, develop and apply methods and tools to answer them, and present the work at the end of the hackathon. For information on what the hackathon was like in previous years, see #DHH19, #DHH18, #DHH17, #DHH16 and #DHH15.

Participation to #DHH20 is free to all accepted participants with the possibility to apply for a bursary for travel and accommodation.

5 ECTS credits may be gained from participating in the hackathon for students in University of Helsinki and other universities.

Ap­plic­a­tion sched­ule for #DH­H20

2.3.–2.4.2020 Application period
9.4.2020 Applicants informed of acceptance and bursary
9.–17.4.2020 Registration to #DHH20 for accepted participants
27.5.–5.6.2020 #DHH20 hackathon in Helsinki


This year, the groups will focus on:

  • Parliaments
  • Popular Culture
  • Social Media
  • Historical Newspapers

More detailed information about themes, data and team leaders will follow shortly.


Minerva Plaza, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A (see on map)
University of Helsinki

Prac­tic­al­it­ies and Timetable

The Hackathon will take place between 27.5.–5.6.2020. The participants are expected to commit to the hackathon for the whole period; work takes place mainly between 9am and 6pm on weekdays (the weekend is free!). The detailed timetable and further information on practicalities will be announced later.

Public presentations of the projects will take place at:
5.6.2020 13:00–17:15, Minerva Square, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, room K226


General organisers:


Helsingin yliopisto
Aalto Yliopisto


Minerva Plaza
Siltavuorenpenger 5 A
Helsinki, Suomi
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