Make Zurich 2023: Civic tech hackathon

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Make Zurich 2023: Civic tech hackathon

Civic tech hackathon for a better city

By Open Network Infrastructure Association & Stadt Zürich

When and where

Date and time

June 2 · 5pm - June 10 · 11pm CEST


ewz - Municipal Electric Utility Zurich 35 Tramstrasse 8050 Zürich Switzerland

About this event

  • 8 days 6 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


We are bringing together the local maker community and the city administration to explore new solutions that improve life in the city.

♿ The main location of the event is barrier-free.

More info:


Kick-off: Friday 2nd June, 17:00

at ewz headquarters, Tramstrasse 35, 8050 Zürich

Open Lab Week: from Saturday 3rd June until Thursday 8th June

The lab will be open in the afternoons for everyone who needs a place to work on their projects or simply wants to hang out and/or chat about life, the universe and everything.

Hackathon: Fri-Sat 9th-10th June

Project presentation: Sat 10th June, 16:00

at ewz headquarters, Tramstrasse 35, 8050 Zürich


Who can join?

Everyone is welcome to join! Designers, makers, coders, every point of view counts!

But I'm really a complete beginner. Can I still come?

Of course! The greater the diversity of backgrounds and skills, the more awesome the outcome!

How much does it cost?

Nothing. It is totally free.

What is civic tech?

It is technology that enables citizen engagement. It means citizens building infrastructure for their city, instead of governments building it. That's what The Things Network communities are doing with LoRaWAN in multiple cities of the world, among them, here in Zurich we are part of a community that has already deployed a LoRaWAN network in the city.

What is LoRaWAN?

It's a wireless technology, much like your regular WiFi, but it's ideal for IoT and battery powered sensors because it has a huge range. Head over to The Things Network website, and check out the LEARN section and the forum.

What material will be available to use?

We will provide a selection of hardware that we believe are suitable for the challenges.

Do we get to keep the provided material?


What should I bring to the event?

Bring your laptop and your ideas on how to improve your city!

Feel free to bring your own materials to help you create a solution for a challenge.

Where can I get in touch with other participants?

On Slack! If you haven't joined already, sign up for it.

A large part of communication during the event will happen there!

How do I get to the location?

We recommend to use public transport to get to the event. The location is a few steps away from train, tram and bus stations.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes, there is.

How can I contact the organizer if I have questions?

Get in touch with us via email or via twitter @makezurich.

I want to be a sponsor!

Awesome! Get in touch with us!

About the organizer

This event is organized by the Open Network Infrastructure Association (representing the swiss communities of The Things Network) and Stadt Zürich (thanks to Stadtentwicklung and EWZ).

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