What's a hackathon?

A hackathon is a unique opportunity to come together with diverse individuals and collaborate on exciting ideas. Supported by mentors and experts, teams work intensively for a short period of time (e.g., 24 hours) to develop a prototype, code, concept, or business model for an innovative solution.

It is not uncommon for hackathon teams to stay overnight, working tirelessly with only a few hours of sleep here and there. This is part of the concept, and hackathons often provide rest areas with sleeping accommodations.

At the end of the event, each team gets the opportunity to pitch their idea to a jury, who then selects the winning team.

Evergreen Innovation Camp

The Evergreen Innovation Camp (EIC) is an initiative by the Evergreen Privatstiftung, aimed at bringing together students and alumni to collaboratively work on a real-life challenge and create innovative solutions through the exchange of diverse disciplines. This event takes place in the form of a hackathon, where teams work on a challenge for 48 hours. The winning team receives a monetary prize that can be used freely. However, what truly takes center stage is the team spirit, the creative exchange among participants from various backgrounds, and, above all, the enjoyment of the challenge.

We believe that solutions that will change the world are born out of collaborative partnerships across industry boundaries – on an equal footing and without hesitation.

Evergreen Privatstiftung

The Evergreen Innovation Camp, the successor project of the "Schweighofer Prize," was initiated by the Evergreen Private Foundation and is supported by it. The Evergreen Private Foundation is dedicated to promoting innovation in the forestry and wood industry, as well as supporting other charitable and philanthropic purposes. The name "Evergreen" symbolizes the idea of sustainability and enduring commitment.

The philanthropic focus of the Evergreen Private Foundation encompasses two areas:

  1. Philanthropic projects, including education, social engagement, and support for disadvantaged children.
  2. Support for the forestry and wood industry, including fostering innovation, research and development, and university education and training.