The annual Swedish hackathon based on Open Data, Hack for Sweden, took place on 11 and 12 March in Stockholm. Over 200 participants had 24 hours to solve societal challenges in a new and innovative way using Open Data and API's from 30 Swedish government agencies. Hack for Sweden 2017 was inaugurated by the Minister of Public Administration, Ardala Shekarabi.
The Minister stressed the importance of Open Data in his opening speech, as well as the assignment given to the Swedish National Archives to promote efforts of the state authorities to create access to digital information and Open Data. The National Archives participated in Hack for Sweden as a partner agency.
The team winning the Hack for Sweden Award was Project Forest. This project uses Open Data in order to estimate high conservation value forest in a specific area. More information about all the winners can be found on the Hack for Sweden website, and this article provides more information about what happened during Hack for Sweden.