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November 19-21

This is Junction 2021

What are the things that drive you โ€“ what makes you tick?

A meeting place for thousands of developers, designers, and business minds. A weekend-long experience, gathering tech enthusiasts from all over the world to create with the latest technology in a unique environment and atmosphere.

This year, we're building bridges cross frontiers, as Junction 2021 gathers techies together for 48 hours to hack all over the world in both physical locations and online.

On November 6-8 of 2020, the event brought together over 2 000 participants from 88 nationalities, and resulted in 200 new tech projects, created from scratch in just 48 hours.

Challenges

There's something for everyone.

The hackathon is divided into challenges based on different industries and themes. You can choose to work on multiple challenges during the hackathon: and you can even combine them and submit your project to multiple ones!

Here are the challenges for Junction 2021.

Challenges

The Hubs

All around Tellus.

Junction 2021 is an online-first event and all the content will be available via the virtual Gather world. However, in addition to the virtual stuff, we host multiple physical locations - Hubs - together with JunctionX teams, partners and other independent, remarkabble hackathon organizers around the world.

The local hubs give a twist to the concept of a normal online hackathon, by increasing the sense of community and making physical interaction possible when needed. The full list of Hubs will be out on 1st of October, but as we're keen to share all the amazing things lined up, we'll drop some locations already during August and September.

Want to apply to a Hub?

For now, all you have to do is answer the part about attending a Hub in the application form. More information will follow later on, we promise.
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Want to organize a Hub?

The Hub organizer application period is now open as well! Feel free to contact us for more details, or fill in the form below and we'll get back to you in no time.
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FAQ

Frequently asked questions.

๐Ÿ’ฅ What is Junction 2021?

Junction 2021 is the crown jewel of international hackathons, gathering people around the world together for 48 hours to hack in both physical locations and online.

๐Ÿ“Œ When and where will Junction 2021 take place?

The hackathon will take place November 19th to 21st and it will be hosted online, with an addition of physical hacking Hubs all around the world.

๐Ÿ“ฉ How do I apply to Junction 2021?

The application period takes place from the 1st of August until the 18th of November on our handcrafted Junction App platform. The Junction team will accept the best applicants already during the application period.

You'll be informed at the latest within a couple of weeks from your application whether you're accepted to the hackathon or not.

๐Ÿ’ธ Does it cost to attend?

Nope! We got you covered, the event is free of charge for all participants.

๐Ÿค Can I apply with a team?

You can apply with a team or by yourself, but all team members must apply and be accepted as well.

๐Ÿ‘ฏ What size can a team be?

1 to 5 people - we suggest having a minimum of 3 people in a team. The Junction team will organize matchmaking at the start of the hackathon, so no need to worry if you don't have a team before the event.

All team members must be accepted to the hackathon.

๐Ÿ˜ท What kind of measurements are taken to prevent coronavirus infections?

For each physical Hub, Junction follows the guidelines set by the officials of the country, where the Hub is organized. If it's not safe to organize a Hub in a location, the Hub will cancelled and the corresponding participants will get to participate the event from another Hub or online.

In Finland, Junction follows the guidelines given by the Finnish government. This means that Junction will arrange the Aalto Hub in accordance with the instructions given by The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Institute for Health and Welfare.

Here are the key measurements that Junction is going to take in Hubs:
- people that feel sick are not allowed to attend physically
- possibility to wash and/or disinfect hands is always available
- the facilities are cleaned with extra caution and frequency
- team-specific hacking tables are placed with 1-2 m safety distance to other tables
- queuing is minimized by distributing people to arrive and leave gradually
- the unavoidable queuing is arranged in a way that the 1-2 m safety distances can be maintained

Junction is prepared to downsize all Hubs according to the epidemiological situation.

๐Ÿ›ซ Can you get travel grants for Junction 2021?

No, unfortunately.

Junction doesnโ€™t encourage flying/traveling far to other locations due to the corona virus, which is why we don't provide travel grants nor accommodation.
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The Junction team is constantly publishing new locations and negotiating about more Hub, so if thereโ€™s no Hub near to you at this point, donโ€™t worry, because we will contact you about it later! Also, remember that you can participate the event totally online too.

๐Ÿ† What are the prizes?

Main prize for the hackathon winner team is 10 000โ‚ฌ!

In addition to the main prize, the challenge partners give out challenge-specific prizes. Challenge prizes typically range from the company's products to cash.

๐Ÿ“Œ When and where will Junction 2021 take place?

The hackathon will take place November 19th to 21st and it will be hosted online, with an addition of physical hacking Hubs all around the world.

๐Ÿ“… When is the application period for Junction 2021?

The application period takes place from the 1st of August until the 18th of November on our handcrafted Junction App platform. The Junction team will accept the best applicants already during the application period.

You'll be informed at the latest within a couple of weeks from your application whether you're accepted to the hackathon or not.

๐Ÿก When can I apply for Hubs?

You will be asked about attending Hubs in the application form. When the Hub applications begin, you will get more detailed instructions.

๐Ÿก Can I organize a Hub myself?

Yes! Please fill in this short questionnaire, and we will be in contact with you.

๐Ÿค” When will I know if I got accepted?

You'll be informed at the latest within a couple of weeks from your application whether you're accepted to the hackathon or not.

๐ŸŒ How are time zone differences handled in Junction 2021?

The schedule is planned so, that the critical program will take place at times, which are the most reasonable for the parts of the world where the most of the Hubs are located (UTC+0 - UTC+9).

And although all-nighters tend to be a part of all hackathon experiences, the live stream content will be available during the whole weekend, for those who prefer sleeping over watching them live at 4 am ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿงฌ How does it work?

The hackathon is divided into challenges provided by our partner companies covering different industries and themes. You are free to choose the challenge(s) you want to compete in.

๐Ÿ‘€ I want to know more about the challenges!

The challenges can be read on the challenge page.

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Challenge winners and their prizes are determined by the partner companies.

๐Ÿงฎ Can I participate in multiple challenges?

You can, but it's not recommended (at least if you prefer getting even a little bit of sleep during the weekend).

๐Ÿ… What are the challenge prizes?

In addition to the main prize (10 000โ‚ฌ!), the challenge partners give out challenge-specific prizes. Challenge prizes typically range from the company's products to cash.

๐Ÿก How do I apply for Hubs?

You will be asked about attending Hubs in the application form. When the Hub applications begin, you will get more detailed instructions.

๐Ÿ›Œ Does Junction provide accommodation for Hub participants?

Some Hubs will be open 24/7, but we recommend you to get your rest outside the Hubs. Not outside outside, but trust us, sleeping surrounded by stressed, sweaty hackers does not fill up your batteries that well.
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Unfortunately, Junction does not provide accommodation for Hub participants.

๐Ÿ• Does Junction provide food for Hub participants?

Depending on the Hub, yes. You will get more detailed information from your local Hub organizers, when accepted to one.

๐Ÿ›ซ Can you get travel grants for Junction 2021?

No, unfortunately.

Junction doesnโ€™t encourage flying/traveling far to other locations due to the corona virus, which is why we don't provide travel grants nor accommodation.
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The Junction team is constantly publishing new locations and negotiating about more Hub, so if thereโ€™s no Hub near to you at this point, donโ€™t worry, because we will contact you about it later! Also, remember that you can participate the event totally online too.

๐Ÿ‘พ How does the online participation work?

Junction 2021 is an online-first event, so you should be able to do everything from wherever you are in the world, as long as you have a computer, working internet connection and a place to hack from, like a table and a chair (or a bed, we don't judge).

The practical side of the event - applications, submissions and reviewing - take all place in Junction App.

The social side of the event - program, partner/participant interaction, casual hanging around - is fully organized in Gather.

๐Ÿค  If I attend online, do I get the same possibilities to interact with other participants?

Yes. You can interact with all participants - hacking from any Hub or home - on the virtual event platform Gather.

๐Ÿค If I attend online, do I get the same possibilities to interact with partners?

Yes. Each partner will have a virtual partner booth in Gather, where you can meet the partner representatives, have a chat and ask questions. If a challenge partner offers mentoring during the hackathon, it will be arranged virtually.

Many partner companies are also seeking for talents to recruit, so going up to talk with them in the virtual event space can bear fruit in many ways. ๐Ÿ‹

๐Ÿ’ What kind of projects are expected?

The challenges come ready-made from our partners, but the projects can be what ever you come up with, ranging from physical hardware prototypes to new games, software and concepts.

๐Ÿ“น What is required in the project submission?

For the final submission we require a 2-minutes-long video pitch of the final project. Besides, you're asked to provide the name, punchline, description, photos, source code (if public), demo and team members' names.
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The projects are submitted via Junction App.

๐Ÿ”Ž How does the reviewing work?

Partner reviewing: Partners review projects submitted to their challenge
โ†’ Challenge winners

Peer reviewing: Hackers review the projects of other teams, ranking based on the Gavel algorithm
โ†’ TOP 10 projects

Finalist voting: TOP 10 projects are pitched in the closing ceremony (4-minute pitches via Zoom), hackers vote for the main prize winner
โ†’ Main prize winner

โš–๏ธ Who owns the intellectual property of a hack?

Always the team who created the project - not Junction nor our partner companies.

Didnโ€™t find what you were looking for? Our team is happy to help you with anything and everything, just shoot us a message!

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Partners

Junction's partner companies, ranging from startups to tech industry leaders, provide their latest tech and pressing challenges for our hackers to tackle during the weekend.

Challenges