Hack4SocialGood Promoting Digital Inclusion

The Hack4SocialGood will bring together those from the tech and social sectors for a two-day event to help the social services. Come and join us, no matter what your background, to make a difference.

31.03.2023, 1.30pm until 01.04.2023, 6pm – Berner Generationenhaus, Bahnhofplatz 2, Bern


  • Start date 31.03.2023, 1.30pm
  • End date 01.04.2023, 6pm
  • Place Berner Generationenhaus, Bahnhofplatz 2, Bern
  • Application deadline 20.3.2023
  • Costs Voluntary donation only

The social sector has important needs with respect to digitalization including software, online tools, and data analytics. Sometimes these needs go unrecognized or there are insufficient resources to address them. At the same time, there are those with technical knowhow and resources who could also benefit from working with the social sector — from resume boosters to networking and recruitment, to developing future long-term projects. Or it can simply be about social engagement and giving back to society.

At this two-day event participants from tech, the social sector, and simply those interested, come together to solve real-world problems, usually related to data or software, brought to our event by the social sector. 

Friday begins with an inspiring presentation on digitalization in the social sector followed by a panel of those leading inspiring and innovative projects locally. Then over the rest of Friday and part of Saturday, participants join together in teams to brainstorm solutions and develop prototypes. 

The event ends with a presentation of all the solutions and a jury awarding prizes, and in addition an audience award for those deemed the best project by participants. 

Throughout there is catering, social breaks, and fun to make the most of the event, meeting interesting people and having inspiring conversations. Please come join us!

People joined around a laptop

Do you have an idea for a challenge from your organisation? Then contact us!

Friday - March 31st

13:30-13:40 Introduction



«Augmented Intelligence in the Digital Society of the Future»
- Mascha Kurpicz-Briki (Bern University of Applied Sciences)




«Social Organizations and the Challenge of Digitalization»
- Sophie Acherman (Stop Hate Speech)     
- Beat Hohermuth (Diartis)    
- Rafael Freuler (Jugendarbeit.digital)


Moderator: David Lätsch (ZHAW School of Social Work)

15.00-15.20 Pause with snacks
15.20-16.00 Challenge presentation and Team formation
16.00-21.00 Teamwork with working pizza dinner break at 18.00


Children's programme

To allow people with children to take part at the Hack4SocialGood, we are offering a flexible, supervised programme for children between 4 and 12 years on Saturday 1 April from 9:00 - 15:30.

  • SPIKE Essentials: Programmable Lego Robots
  • Blue-Bot: Programmable learning robot

Entry and closing possible at any time
Snack and brown bag lunch included
Registration required (see form)

In collaboration with PHBern
Sponsored by sozialinfo.ch

Saturday - April 1st

8.00-9.00 Breakfast
9.00-15.30 Teamwork with brownbag lunch at 12.00
15.30-16.30 Team presentations
16.30-17.00 Apéro with catering | Jury decision
17.00-18.00 Awards and Apéro continued                                                     

A - Support digital planning and create web-based software

Soquflex is a small but powerful journal software that greatly simplifies the recording of client events in (small) institutions such as foster care. The software is currently based on Windows. We want to work out a smart and elegant way to modernize support planning, improving the existing journal software «Soquflex» and to lay the foundations of further developing the software as a responsive web application.

B - AI Finding Youth Supports

When teenagers seek personal help online, they are often unsuccessful – even though many organizations and government programs exist, that offer very high-quality support for a wide range of problems. How could we use AI to quickly connect teenagers with the best organization or person, that can help them solve their specific problems? What could be the best way to easily understand the teenager’s issue and match it with the appropriate support program?

C.1 - Neighborhood residents' need for digital participation and digital skills

We need to know the digital support needs of our target group to develop appropriate measures in our neighborhood work. How can digital competencies be surveyed in a low-threshold and meaningful way? How can the survey data be evaluated to guide program design?

C.2 - Web-based application for social services and support offers

Information work and low-threshold consulting services for disadvantaged neighborhood residents are among the core tasks of VBG. We are confronted with various social problems and try to triage them appropriately. We often find that there are many support services available, but that the target group is unaware of them and unable to find them independently due to a lack of basic skills (reading, digital literacy). A search mask for social topics, ideally in simple language and with a translation function, would make it much easier for many neighborhood residents to find appropriate services.

D - Encouraging youth to take initiative in working towards sustainability

Sustainability Week Switzerland empowers students to advocate for greater sustainability by raising awareness, working on sustainability topics, and cooperating with relevant partners. Students organize Sustainability Weeks across Switzerland, each consisting of a series of events with diverse content covering ecological, social, and economic sustainability. As future decision-makers, students need to be prepared for the challenge of developing holistic approaches to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In this challenge participants examine the long-term impact of the Sustainability Week Switzerland network and determine how to strengthen strategies to motivate students with respect to developing their own knowledge and skills as well as improving their ability to advocate for a more sustainable future.

E - A community app bringing the generations together

The app will allow users to choose options from a library of good deeds to fulfill and to share with the community. The hackathon team will be supported at the event by residents from old age homes and Bonjour staff (at start) to answer questions about the existing code. For a start, try the Grow App and take a look at the code. Then let’s get creative!

F - Improving data and software to better support social service clients

In this challenge we will try to improve our ability to consult and support clients in their everyday life by improving digital and data infrastructure. We will develop a concept and define the relevant technical requirements.

G - Helping people help each other

Gärngschee is a community of more than 23,000 people who work for each other and for others - especially those affected by poverty. Gärngschee runs diverse actions such as that for holiday season 22/23 in which people who do not have the means to buy gifts post their wishes online and others fulfill those wishes. The action is getting bigger every year and urgently needs automation. In this challenge participants will develop software to relieve the team and optimize the matching process.

H - Social media strategy for social services

In rural regions those needing social service supports can fail to access them due to social taboos and prejudices. In this challenge participants will develop a social media strategy for the Regional Social Service Frutigen in the areas of youth work, school social work, social assistance, and child & adult protection. Multiple questions can be answered including which social media channels (Insta, TikTok, Youtube, Facebook) are most used and the type of content (posts, webinars, explanatory videos, etc.) that will help individuals overcome barriers to accessing services. This can include experiments testing the type of media or the channels receiving the most responses in our community as well as the analysis of existing online strategies. 

I - Challenge from Brändi


We invite anyone interested in contributing to improving digitalization in the social sector and making sure it is equitable, and fair. 

This includes not just people from the tech sector but also those from social work, research, and anyone else interested.

At the event we will solve specific digitalization (software, data, etc.) problems brought to us by the social sector with the goal of generating a proto-type or starting point for the organisation. 

Equally important as the actual work is the interaction. The event will bring different people together and hopefully offer an opportunity to creatively think about the current digitalization challenges in the social sector and to have fun doing so.