Sudden changes of the weather, between freezing temperatures and mild weather with rain, are common during the wintertime in Barents Euro-Arctic region. This in combination with the topography consisting of steep hills and fjords makes the driving conditions challenging.

Smart Roads is a 48-hour long Hackathon designed to solve challenges related to the field of transportation and road maintenance in the Barents Euro-Arctic region.

Teams of 2 and up to 4 are tasked with developing solutions to smart roads and winter maintenance challenge and submit them to Devpost along with a short video (3 min or less) in which they demonstrate their idea to a panel of judges.

Submissions could range from proof-of-concepts to fully functional apps but should be developed during the 48 hours of the Hackathon.

Registration Form:

Fill in the registration form by March 28th, 2021

Hackathon Challenges:

Teams may choose to solve one of the following challenges for a chance to win a prize.

Roads Dataset Challenge: 

Develop an application that uses the dataset provided to derive a new value and solve a problem that private individuals, the city or business owners face in arctic winters.

Weather Challenge: 

Combine different data resources such as meteorogical data and the dataset provided in this Hackathon to solve a problem related to the smart roads theme. Your imagination is the limit!

Counting Cars Challenge:

Use webcam feeds to count the number of cars. 


Hackathon Schedule:

Opening Ceremony and Keynote: Friday 26 March 2021 at 17:00 CET

Hacking Kickoff: Friday 26 March 2021 at 17:00 CET

Hacking Stops and Submission Deadline: Sunday 28 March at 18:00 CEST

Judging Period: Sunday 28 March at 18:00 CEST to Monday 29 March at 15:00 CEST

Announcement of Winners: Monday 29 March at 17:00 CEST



Who can participate? Students over the age of 18 at the time of the Hackathon.

Are there any limits on team size? We encourage hackers to work together in a team of 2 to 4 members but, individuals who prefer to work solo are also allowed to participate.

What are the residency and location requirements? There is no location restrictions.


Each team must delegate a representative to submit the project on behalf of the whole team using Devpost. Each team can only submit once. When sumitting a project, the team representative should:

  • Specify the members of the team.
  • Indicate which challenge the submission is solving.
  • Provide a public link to the source code of the project such as a GitHub repo.
  • Provide a video (3min or less) that includes a powerpoint and a voice over that explains the app. The video should also include a demo of the solution.

Hackathon Sponsors


Weather Challenge

50$ Amazon gift card for each member of the winning team

Online internship at UiT The Arctic University of Norway for 3 weeks

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Per-Arne Sundsbø

Per-Arne Sundsbø

Ghada Bouzidi

Ghada Bouzidi

Morteza Alizadeh

Morteza Alizadeh

Jose Juan Corona Sanchez

Jose Juan Corona Sanchez

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Includes the creativity and originality of the idea.
  • Technologies
    Includes how well the idea was executed and how well technologies such as AI, IoT and AR/VR were leveraged by the team.
  • Impact
    Includes how useful the solution is to its target users.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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