Smart Sterea Hackathon

The Youth for a Digital Region
30th June – 2nd July, at Chalkida


The Smart Sterea Hackathon is an initiative of the Region of Central Greece with the aim of creating original applications and presenting
innovative ideas for society, economy, local development and digital transformation.

Smart Sterea Hackathon will take place on June 30 – July 2, hybridly, with a physical presence
at Municipal Art Gallery “Dimitrios Mitaras” in Chalkida and remotely with videoconferencing tools.

The awarding of the teams that will be distinguished will take place at a later date,
in Lamia, at a place and time to be announced by the organization committee.




Antivirus Crowdhackathon as Greek National Curator at Pan European Hackathon #EUvs Virus in order to overcome the crisis of COVID-19

#EUvsVirus Pan - European Hackathon 24, 25 & 26 April 2020

Registrations will be open till 24th April 2020

We invite any interested natural person, group or company to participate in the marathon:

Developing original methodologies and applications that address these problems (participants).


Supporting this effort (mentors, sponsors, supporters, public organizations, companies, collective bodies).


The Smart Sterea Hackathon has the
following main goals:

Creating a culture of innovation and partnerships.

Supporting young and innovative entrepreneurship, opportunities for young people, combating unemployment.

Supporting the regional economy, as contestants from all over Greece will be able to participate.

Highlighting smart and innovative solutions to the problems and challenges that concern both society as a whole and citizens dealing with related issues.

Improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations dealing with social issues/social actions by leveraging new emerging technologies.

Interface with the technological innovation and entrepreneurship community of our country.

Creating an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in actions with a social impact.

Με ιδιαίτερη χαρά σας καλούμε στο ενημερωτικό Open Day του Smart Sterea Hackathon στο οποίο θα γίνει παρουσίαση των στόχων, των θεματικών ενοτήτων και της διαδικασίας του μαραθωνίου καινοτομίας.

To Open Day θα πραγματοποιηθεί απομακρυσμένα με την χρήση εργαλείων τηλεδιάσκεψης την Πέμπτη 27 Απριλίου 2023 στις 17:00.


The following are indicative thematic areas and examples, which will be enriched during the marathon.


  • Information / support and business and civil society mobilization actions for sustainable development
  • Digital tools for recording actions to achieve the Global Sustainability Goals
  • Creating a Digital Toolbox for Sustainable Development
  • Data visualization for better understanding of the problem, utilization of open data
  • Utilization of digital tools to achieve citizens' access to information and decision-making processes
  • Impact of the Covid19 pandemic on the circular economy


  • Citizen education applications for good environmental protection practices
  • Creating solutions for smart educational programs for the cyclical use of resources within companies and public bodies
  • Development of experiential educational programs through digital tools
  • Utilization of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR / AR) technologies for the exchange of good practices
  • Utilization of digital tools for the organization of mentoring processes between citizens, businesses and public bodies
  • Creating city lab applications on 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)


  • Resource reuse and waste management
  • Materials, supply chain, environmental footprint of products, actions and actions
  • New Business Models
  • Models for organizing local markets
  • Utilization of digital tools for obtaining reliable information on creating long-term value sustainable practices in organizations for the business and investment community
  • Investment models to support sustainable farming practices
*The following indicative thematic units are co-formulated in accordance with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).


Infrastructure in cities

- Energy
- Security
- Environment


- Environmental Applications
- Utilization of the agri-food sector


- Strengthening areas affected by natural disasters
- Use of renewable resources
- Citizen Awareness - Education

Tourism - Culture

- Tourism promotion - promotion
-Alternative forms of tourism

Digital Region

- Improving services provided together with citizens
- Human resource development
- Digital Transformation
- Education
- Everyday life
- Procedures

Social Policy

- Tackling inequalities
- Access services for vulnerable social groups
- Demographic challenges (e.g. ageing population remote / sparsely populated areas)
- Crisis management

Entrepreneurship and local development

- New business models
- New funding schemes (e.g. local banking networks)
- Increasing the number and quality of jobs
- Business Innovation Observatory


  • 25 May 2023

    Open Call

  • 7 June 2023


  • 30 June-2 Jule 2023



1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize


Special award for implementation of an application with open data

Participation in a project development of the idea lasting 3 months

Subscriptions to
cloud tools


Submission of Issues and Problems

Publishing Technical Specifications

Creating Teams with remote collaborative tools


Presentation of ideas and solutions physically


Along with the innovation marathon, we will be holding online creativity competitions for children and pupils, starting with a painting and crafts competition on #stayhome.





Roula Kechri

Συνεργάτης Περιφερειάρχη
Ευρωπαϊκά Προγράμματα & Διεθνείς Σχέσεις

Nikolaos Kouvakas

Associate Professor of Automatic Control in Motion and Navigation Systems at National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Thanos Kakarountas

Associate Professor and Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory Dpt. of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics University of Thessaly

Maria Tzamtzi

Professor of Automatic Control Systems. Robotics, Automatic Control and Cyber-Physical Systems Lab. Department of Digital Industry Technologies. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Kostas Tsagkaris

Founder, Managing Director & Head of Technology, Incelligent, WINGS ICT Solutions Private Companies

Panayotis Tsanakas

Καθηγητής Tεχνολογίας Yπολογιστών, Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο

Yannis Tsavdaridis


Alexandros Melidis

Director at Greek Free Open Source Software Society

Aggelos Tsakanikas

Associate Professor Economic Evaluation of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Systems at National Technical University of Athens

Christos Kalloniatis

Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean


Michael Psallidas

Managing Director, Crowdpolicy

George Karamanolis

Co-Founder & CTO/CIO at Crowdpolicy - Chairman of Hellenic Blockchain Hub

Christos Kalloniatis

Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean

Vicky Foteinoy

Innovation Expert, Startups enthusiast, Program Manager

Dimitris Panopoulos

Labour Market Data Analyst , Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs DG CONNECT National Expert REBRAIN GREECE Technical Coordinator

Marios Balis

Περιβαλλοντολόγος | Μέλος ΕΤΕΠ στο Τμήμα Περιβάλλοντος του Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου

Dr. Maria Chatziantoniou

Lecturer (Department) - Department of Environment - University of the Aegean

Dimitris Mousadakos

CEO at Big Blue Data Academy

Meletios Nezis


Dionisis Xenakis

Assistant Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dimitrios Fragkoulis

Assistant Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

John Sigalas

ETEP at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Michael Skarpetis

Associate Professor at National & Kapodistrian University of Athens


Smart Sterea Hackathon is an initiative of the Region of Central Greece with the aim of creating original applications and presenting innovative ideas for society, economy, local development and digital transformation.

You can apply here.

Express your interest through the form that you will find here.

To the team and its members. See the Terms and Conditions of Crowdhackathon here.

Yes, existing and new teams can certainly participate in the competition.


At Smart Sterea hackathon can participate scientists, engineers, programmers, economists, analysts and in general anyone who has an idea on issues related to the application of new technologies and is interested in developing it. The direction of creating groups between different subjects will be strengthened, as well as collaborations with external participants, such as professionals, academics, researchers or students.

We invite any interested individual, group or company to participate in the marathon:

  • by developing original methodologies and applications that address these problems (participants).
  • supporting this effort (mentors, sponsors, supporters, public organizations, companies, collective bodies).


You can also express your interest in being a sponsor and / or sponsor, as well as a data provider.
The management team will tell you about the process.




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