Green Tech Jam 2017


Interdisciplinary student hackathon on the topic of
“Code & Concept for recycling and green energy”

2nd and 3rd of May 2017 @ Science Tower Graz

Want to get together with a bunch of creative and talented people and create digital solutions for international technology leaders in the field of green tech?

Want to try out some new and whacky stuff and have a lot of fun?

Come and join us at the Green Tech Jam 2017 hosted by Green Tech Cluster Styria and Graz University of Technology in cooperation with cluster partners! Be one of the first ones to enter and work in the famous Science Tower Graz!


The theme is “Code & Concept for recycling and green energy”. The aim is to bring together students from different disciplines to build interdisciplinary teams and work on creative new solutions. The results will be presented in 10 minutes pitches in front of a professional jury. The best solution will be awarded with €3000!

The Green Tech Jam will be moderated by Johanna Pirker from the Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science, TU Graz, who also organized several international game jams and hack-a-thons!

Registration: Register here for free!

The number of participants will be limited to 40 jammers!


The detailed schedule

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017

9 am                     Check in and unfreezing with coffee and more

9.30-10.30 am   Green Tech Jam Announcements & Keynote & Topics

10.30-11 am       Group Forming & Pitches

11 am -10 pm    Work on projects at the Science Tower Graz

Catering will be provided for lunch at 1pm and for dinner at 6 pm


Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

8 am – 3 pm       Work on projects

3 pm                     Deadline to create solutions and start with preparation of final pitches

5 – 6.30 pm        pm Presentations – each team has 10 minutes to do a short presentation

Catering will be provided in the morning at 9 am, for lunch at 12.30 pm and for dinner at 6.30 pm after the final pitches


Sponsored by:


Information for participants

What is a Green Tech Jam?

„Jam“ is a reference to musician jam sessions, not traffic or spreadable fruit.

The goal is to come together and create digital solutions, products or services for the green tech sector. Participants rapidly prototype product / service designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the green tech industry. We share a common theme and constraints. We ask participants to create a digital solution from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental solutions.

Do I need to come to the Green Tech Jam with a team already formed?

Ideally everyone forms teams on the first day, and get the chance to work with a new collaborator or few! You will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Make new friends and get to know potential future employers. But existing groups or teams are also welcome to participate.

Do I need special skills to participate in the Green Tech Jam 2017?

Although having computer skills is helpful, experience is not necessary. Designers, developers, engineers and environmental system scientists are welcome to try their hand at making new digital products or services for the green tech sector. Even if you have no experience at all, you can still participate by contributing ideas, playtesting, and giving moral support to your team.

Is the Green Tech Jam only for programmers?

No. Even though programmers are the main target group, everyone is welcome (designers, developers, engineers, environmental system scientists, …) since the main aim is to bring together a bunch of creative and talented people to build interdisciplinary teams and work on creative new solutions.

Do I need to prepare myself in advance?

No, you should bring a general interest and curiosity on the topic of digitalisation and environmental technologies and services. On the first day you will receive an introduction to the topic and the sponsors of the event have defined some digitalisation needs from their side, to give you an overview of the current developments and needs. However, these needs should show you the content-related system boundaries and not be seen as strict instructions. As it´s a jam it´s your decision on what you want to focus and work on.  To unfreeze with the topic of digitalization in the field of green tech in advance you can take a look at the latest study of the Roland Berger Institute (available only in German).


Maria Ortner
Green Tech Cluster
+43 (0) 316 40 77 44 18

Johanna Pirker
TU Graz, Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science
+43 (0) 316 873 5625