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09/03/2022 - 08:45


The chemical industry is facing renewal. The green transition, the transition from fossil economy to bioeconomy and new business models made possible by digitalisation are challenging the traditional operating models of chemical industry.

BioPaavo and Kasvu Open, in cooperation with Kemira Oyj, are opening a hackathon that aims to find solutions to promote the availability of renewable raw materials and green transition in chemical industry. Hackathon aims to highlight the opportunities offered by digitalization and platform solutions to build new business models and concepts that support the green transition of chemical industry.

Kemira Plc is the world's leading manufacturer of sustainable chemical solutions for water-intensive industries. It focuses on the pulp and paper, oil and gas industries and water treatment. In 2020, Kemira's net sales were approximately EUR 2.4 billion and the number of employees was approximately 5,000. Kemira's shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Sustainability is an essential part of Kemira's strategy and value creation for customers.

The hackathon is open to all interested parties: companies, research institutes, educational organisations and students, as well as other actors. Your team can be made up of representatives of your organisation, or you can form a team that crosses organisational boundaries for this very challenge!

Submit your application describing briefly your idea and team by Sunday 6 February 2022 at the latest. The preliminary proposal must describe the solution in its main dimensions, as well as an assessment of its feasibility and the partners and resources needed for commercializing it.

The ideas and teams selected for the follow-up will be published on Wednesday 9 February 2022.

The Kick-Off event will be held as online event on Wednesday 16 February 2022, when the participating teams will meet each other and representatives of the sponsoring company.

Hackathon Days are organized on 9-10 March 2022. On Thursday 10 March 2022 at the end of the day the winner team(s) will be selected. You can participate in the Hackathon event either in BioPaavo in Saarijärvi or via online tools.

Welcome to solve the challenge!

Sign up: Webropol form

More detailed application guidelines and rules for participation here.

For more information:

Senior Expert Annimari Lehtomäki, BioPaavo:, tel. +358 50 464 2563

Senior Manager (R&D and Technology) Jani Saarinen, Kemira Plc:, tel. +358 50 563 2353