Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2023 #DHH23

Helsinki Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies Hack­a­thon #DH­H23 | 24.5.–2.6.2023

As a CLARIN and DARIAH summer school, Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon #DHH23 was truly international, welcoming applications from all over Europe and beyond! This year we sponsored a total of 20 participants from outside Finland with flights and accommodation (see Practicalities for details). Participation in #DHH23 was free to all accepted participants.

The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon is a chance to experience an interdisciplinary research project from start to finish within the span of 10 days. For researchers and students from computer science and data science, the hackathon gives the opportunity to test their abstract knowledge against complex real-life problems. For people from the humanities and social sciences, it shows what is possible to achieve with such collaboration.
For both, the hackathon gives the experience of intensely working with people from different backgrounds as part of an interdisciplinary team, as, during the hackathon, each group develops a digital humanities research project from start to finish. Working together, they formulate research questions with respect to particular data sets, develop and apply methods and tools to answer them, and present the work at the end of the hackathon. For information on what the hackathon was like in previous years, see #DHH22#DHH21#DHH19#DHH18#DHH17#DHH16 and #DHH15.

5 ECTS credits may be gained from participating in the hackathon for students at the University of Helsinki and other universities.


Public presentations of the projects: 2.6.2023 12:30–15:30, Minerva Square, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, room K226; see further information. The event was streamed at

This year, the hackathon groups were organised around the following four themes:

  • Letter metadata and society understanding - poster
  • Interactional dynamics of online discussion - poster
  • Early modern scientific publications - poster
  • Political polarization in the parliament - poster

(See further information on the DHH23 themes)

Ap­plic­a­tion sched­ule for #DH­H23

14.3.–12.4.2023 Application period
18.4.2023 Applicants informed of acceptance
18.–25.4.2023 Registration to #DHH23 for accepted participants
10.5. & 17.5.2023 Two #DHH23 pre-hackathon online preparatory sessions
24.5.–2.6.2023 #DHH23 hackathon in Helsinki

Please note that we can only accept participants who are able to commit to the full week of intensive work (not just a couple of hours here and there), as well as the preparatory sessions. Thus, if you know that you have other commitments during the hackathon, please consider applying next time when you can make a full commitment.


Minerva Plaza, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A (see on map)
University of Helsinki

Prac­tic­al­it­ies and Timetable

The hackathon will take place between 24.5.–2.6.2023. The participants are expected to commit to the hackathon for the whole period; work takes place mainly between 10 AM and 5 PM on weekdays (the weekend is free!). In addition, there are two online pre-sessions on Wednesdays 10.5. and 17.5, between 2 – 4 PM UTC+03:00 for orientation, group formation and preparation for the intensive hackathon period. The participants are expected to attend also these pre-sessions. For more details, see the detailed timetable and further information on practicalities (including prerequisites and credits for students, spon­sor­ship of travel and ac­com­mod­a­tion for international participants).

2.6.2023 12:30–15:30, Minerva Square, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A, room K226
Public presentations of the projects: see further information.
The event will be streamed at


General organisers:

You can contact the organisers via email: