Together with the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and ODTÜ Teknokent, GIZ Turkey hosts a 36-hour hackathon to let you develop new approaches for a more sustainable usage of energy in buildings and cities. If you have knowledge in coding, open data, environmental aspects or simply are highly motivated to change the world for the better, you are welcome to join the event. No initial teams are needed as different activities will bring together participants with different backgrounds for a new project.

Datasets and relevant hardware, such as smart-sensors, Raspberry Pis etc. will be provided to develop prototypes for future applications to unlock energy potentials and increase sustainability. Ideally, start-ups or new project ideas will evolve and provide new business models to the Turkish energy market.

Successful start-ups, stakeholders from Turkey and Germany and mentors will pitch the challenges and assist you in finding innovative approaches ready for the energy market of today.


Participants may participate alone or as a team of up to six persons. Those who do not have a team will be able to meet and team up in the first day of the Hackathon.


The prototypes must be developed from scratch in 36 hours. Before starting the Hackathon, there is no obstacle to finding an app idea compatible with the theme, collect the necessary information or learn how to encode the application. Teams will be able to use the technology, external libraries or source code they wish. The developed ideas should not contain copyrighted elements of the visual, audio and similar multi-media elements (video, graphics, photographs, etc.) to be used in the application.

Event Facilities

The hackathon will take place in Ankara’s fanciest CoWorking Space CoZone. Here, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Each participant must bring his / her identity card, computer and USB memory or similar devices for data sharing. Please also don’t forget to bring sleeping bags!

Presentation & Voting

At the end of the Hackathon, each team will present their applications to the members of the jury with a very short pitch. The Jury will determine the winning teams according to the criteria such as originality, quality of software, functionality, completeness and benefit for society.

Intellectual Property Rights

At the end of the Hackathon, the intellectual property rights for the prototypes to be developed will be entirely owned by the respective teams. Possible investors will be able to contact the teams for future cooperation.