Riga EcoHack '23

Take part in an urban environment hackathon from November 10 to 12 in Riga and win a 10 000 euro grant prize to develop your idea.

Registration for this event is closed now.



Riga EcoHack: Igniting Circular Sustainability is an urban environment hackathon which for the 3rd year invites you to look at Riga from a different point of view and participate in shaping its future in cooperation with Riga municipality and DINEX. See our Challenge Landscape.

Who can join

The project aims to combine the vision of residents and students to participate in the development of business ideas and solutions that would positively affect the use of resources and waste management in Riga. You can sign up for a hackathon individually or as a team (4 to 5 participants).


10th - 12nd of November (Arrival on the 10th of November from 4:00 pm).


Aspazijas bulvaris 5, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia, Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia, 4th floor, room 421.

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How it works

  • Step 1 - Register.
  • Step 2 - Receive more info in email.
  • Step 3 - Participate in webinar ”Hackathon hacks: success strategies and best practices” on October 25. Get a copy of the training presentation.
  • Step 4 - Get to event venue and attend hackathon opening to hear challenges from our partners.
  • Step 5 - Attend workshops and meet with mentors that will help you develop you idea into prototype.
  • Step 6 - Participate in the extra activities and have fun.
  • Step 7 - Present your work in front of jury.
  • Step 8 - Get prizes for the awesome work you have done.


Day 1: Friday, 10th November
  • 16:00 🚀 Hackathon Kickoff
  • 16:20 📄 Instructions
  • 18:00 🙌 Teams Formation
  • 18:30 💪 Work mode and dinner
  • 20:30 🚩 Team Check-ins
  • 20:40 💪 Work mode
  • 21:30 🏁 Day 1 ends
Day 2: Saturday, 11th November
  • 08:30 🥐 Breakfast
  • 09:00 🚀 Day 2 Launch
  • 09:05 🚩Team Check-ins
  • 09:15 💪 Work mode
  • 11:50 ✍🏼 Checkpoint
  • 12:00 🍕 Lunch
  • 13:40 💪 Work mode
  • 17:00 🚩 Team Check-ins
  • 18:00 🥪 Dinner
  • 19:00 💪 Work mode / Pitch rehearsal
  • 21:30 🏁 Day 2 ends
Day 3: Sunday, 12th November
  • 08:30 🥐 Breakfast
  • 09:00 🚀 Day 3 Launch
  • 09:05 🚩Team Check-ins
  • 09:15 💪 Work mode
  • 12:00 🍕 Lunch
  • 13:00 📢 Team pitches
  • 16:00 🏆 Winner announcement
  • 16:30 🍾 Social - time to decompress
  • 17:00 🏁 Hackathon ends


What should I bring?

A laptop, charger and a water bottle to stay hydrated, everything else we will take care of.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Who can apply?

It is open to any university student and professionals regardless of skills and background. We are beginner-friendly - all you need is the willingness to learn!

Where will it happen?

Aspazijas bulvaris 5, 4th floor, room 421, Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia.

What are the challenges?

Challenge description is available and challenge owners will present them at the beginning of hackathon.

Why should I participate?

  1. Gain and improve programming skills and challenge yourself creatively.
  2. Meet new like-minded people and learn to collaborate.
  3. Work on projects that you can add to your portfolio that showcase your talent when applying to positions at companies.
  4. Win 10 000 euro grant to develop your idea.

Great, how do I join in?

After you register we will send you an email with all necessary information.

What if I don't have a team?

Not to worry - we will have a team building activities to help you find a suitable team. They will happen at the event on the first day of the event.

What is the end result?

The goal is to encourage learning new skills and creating innovative ideas that would positively affect the use of resources and waste management in Riga. And we hope to see new idea realisation in Riga municipality.


Event host
Ilona Baumane Vītoliņa
Ilona Baumane-Vītoliņa Associate Professor, University of Latvia, Faculty of Business, management and economics
Challenge providers
Ieva Kalniņa
Ieva Kalniņa International project coordinator, Riga Municipal Agency "Riga Energy Agency"
Roman Pyankovski
Roman Pyankovski Group PTS Technology Manager - R&D and Innovations, Dinex
Ákos Wetters
Ákos Wetters Senior Business Coach & Education Expert, Kimitisik
Balazs Horvath
Balazs Horvath Software Architect & Chain Entrepreneur, Kimitisik
Liene Bērziņa
Liene Bērziņa General Manager, University of Latvia, Business Incubator
Coaches & Mentors
Jurģis Ugors
Jurģis Ugors Board member of the Waste management Association of Latvia
Nicholas Stancioff
Nicholas Stancioff Investor and conselor with a strong background in finance and management
John Andrews
John Andrews Strategy & Innovation Advisor, Goal For Latvia Promoter
Bernhards Maļinovskis
Bernhards Maļinovskis Expert in finance, worked in various private and government companies as CFO, CEO and executive board member
Imants Krēziņš
Imants Krēziņš Entrepreneur, marketing expert, PhD candidate
Konstantin Bondarev
Konstantin Bondarev Deputy PTS R&D Manager, Dinex
Jury Panel
Viesturs Zeps
Viesturs Zeps Chairman of Housing and Environment Committee at Riga City Council
Julija Masane-Ose
Julija Masane-Ose COO&CFO at deep tech startup Sonarworks, Angel investor at BadIdeas Fund
Kārlis Zembergs
Kārlis Zembergs CEO Estonia & Latvia, Omnicom Media Group
Andris Ziemelis
Andris Ziemelis CEO, Eco Baltia VIDE
Thomas Park
Thomas Park NEB Community manager, EIT Community
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