Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon 2020 #DH­H20


Helsinki Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies Hack­a­thon #DH­H20 | postponed til 2021

This is for the people of the sun! The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon #DHH20 application period has started (put on hold as the event is postponed til 2021). As a CLARIN and DARIAH summer school, the event will be truly international welcoming applications from all over Europe. This year we are prepared to sponsor around 20 participants from outside Finland with flights and accommodation (see Practicalities for details). We are also a SSHOC training event and NewsEye project will have a strong presence at the hackathon.

The DHH20 event is postponed til 2021.

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 will develop a digital humanities research project from start to finish. Working together, they will 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 #DHH19, #DHH18, #DHH17, #DHH16 and #DHH15.

Participation to #DHH20 is free to all accepted participants with the possibility to apply for a bursary for travel and accommodation. We are prepared to fund up to 20 participants.

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

Ap­plic­a­tion sched­ule for #DH­H20

The DHH20 event is postponed til 2021.


This year, the groups will focus on:

  • Parliaments
  • Popular Culture
  • Social Media
  • Historical Newspapers
  • Mul­ti­lin­gual News­pa­pers (New­s­Eye)

See further information on the #DHH20 themes, data and team leaders.


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

Prac­tic­al­it­ies and Timetable

The original dates of the Hackathon were 27.5.–5.6.2020, but due to the coronavirus situation (restrictions in contact teaching and general guidelines) it will be postponed until 2021. The participants are expected to commit to the hackathon for the whole period; work takes place mainly between 9am and 6pm on weekdays (the weekend is free!). See the detailed timetable and further information on practicalities (including prerequisites and credits for students, accommodation for international participants).

Public presentations of the projects will take place at the last day of the hackathon.


General organisers:


DHH, UH, Aalto logos




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DarIah and Clarin logos


SSHOC and NewsEye logos