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System Dynamics Hackathon Series

The Society is pleased to host a series of System Dynamics hackathons in which teams around the globe work in short bursts to address real world challenges.  Competitors build relationships with other practitioners while generating insights for sponsor organizations.  The most successful teams bring home prize money and the potential for future work with the sponsoring organization.  If you would like to sponsor a hackathon, please contact us at

Previous Hackathons

#2 Hack to the Future: A Soy Market Challenge



August 31 – September 11, 2020 (Launches Monday at 3 PM CEST – Bergen Time)

As part of a System Dynamics Hackathon in partnership with the System Dynamics Society and the University of Bergen in Norway, the United Soybean Board (USB) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) are pleased to present Hack to the Future: A Soy Market Challenge!

Organized by the University of Bergen Norway and President Birgit Kopainsky

#1: The First System Dynamics Hackathon (that we know of!)

Sponsors:  University of Bergen, City of Bergen


In June 2020, more than 100 System Dynamicists gathered online with short notice and only 48 hours to develop a System Dynamics model to help the City of Bergen, Norway, achieve its objective of eliminating the use of all fossil energy sources by 2030.  Participants were provided a simple causal loop diagram developed by University of Bergen organizers in conjunction with local municipal experts to help bound the problem.  Society President and University of Bergen Professor Birgit Kopainsky and others led this innovative session that demonstrated that System Dynamics models and insights can be completed under a tight time frame.  The winner of the 500NOK hackathon prize was Pradeesh Kumar K.V who presented a System Dynamics model that clearly illuminated the tradeoffs.

Click below to read more about his award-winning entry.