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Swiss Open Research Data Hackathon 2021

SWITCH and FORS organise an Open Research Data (ORD) Hackathon to strengthen collaboration and build a community around ORD. Students, academics, developers and service providers from Switzerland and beyond are invited to share their ideas and pave the way for innovative projects and applications.

Hackathon Process

  1. Submission of Ideas (now closed): The community submitted a total of 13 ideas to hack on. Please feel free to have a look at them here prior to the hackathon.

  2. Idea Presentation: Each idea will be presented during the kick-off event on 18th January 2021.

  3. Choose idea to hack on: Once the ideas are presented, each participant should decide on the idea to hack on. This is organised through a poll on Slack during the kick-off event.

  4. Team Building: The polling will result in self-organised teams for each idea. Here, each team should decide upon a team leader who should make sure that all necessary skills are present in a given team.

  5. Hacking: The actual hacking starts once the teams are formed and continues throughout each day of the hackathon.

  6. Presentations: Each team will then be asked to present their hacking results to the community on day 3.

  7. Voting: After each team presented, we will organise a little voting via the a polling feature on Slack.

  8. Prizes: Based on the voting, SWITCH and FORS will offer some prizes for the winning teams.

  9. Communicate: Please feel free to spread the word and share the results during or after the hackathon.


Day 1 - 18th January 2021

  • 09:00 Kick-Off Event (Zoom)
    • Welcome
    • Agenda
    • Idea presentation and voting
  • 10:00 Start hacking (self-organised via Slack channels and GitHub)
  • 17:00 Evening chat & virtual beer (Zoom)

Day 2 - 19th January 2021

  • 09:00 Hacking (self-organised)
  • 13:00 Quick update after lunch (Zoom)
    • 5 min each group
  • Hacking (self-organised)
  • 17:00 Evening chat & virtual beer (Zoom)

Day 3 - 20th January 2021

  • 09:00 Hacking (self-organised)
  • 13:00 Presentation of results & summary (Zoom)
    • Voting of ideas hacked (anonymous Zoom Poll)
  • approx. 15:00 Virtual coffee (Zoom)

Collaboration Tools

We’ve decided to keep the collaboration tools as simple as possible and propose Slack, Zoom and GitHub.

Tool Usage
Slack Please sign up to the slack workspace “ORD hackathon” by following this link: You can already get to know people, start to chat on the #general channel or talk more about your idea on the dedicated channels
Zoom We’ll have all our general meetings and evening chats (or rather late afternoon socials) on this Zoom call. Please use the #general channel on Slack to comment and also to let us know, if you’re having problems signing in etc.
GitHub This is the repository we’ll use. Please sign up to GitHub and the space and check out the file.


We will publish a report to describe the respective results of each participating team. The structure of the document and level of details are tbd.


Please feel free to contact for any question regarding the Hackathon.


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