From the 23-27 of August, Aalborg University and Grundfos will host the first joined Hackathon on innovative solutions for Water intake and Cooling systems. With point of departure in real life challenges presented by Grundfos, you will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams providing creative and holistic solutions for the future.

Being involved in this event, you will get an opportunity to work together with an international company on real life problems experiencing the possibilities of working in interdisciplinary teams. The event is open for all AAU students from all faculties at the University. The event will be hosted at Aalborg University with a day at Grundfos for presentation and meet up.

As you will be working on actual and relevant cases from Grundfos, all participants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the event. Grundfos is looking for innovative and creative ideas and will have the opportunity to buy patent of an idea. On the last day of the event, the participating groups will present their findings and products for representatives from Grundfos and AAU. Beside, certificates for all participants, best idea and product will be awarded. There will be a maximum of 50 participants for this event and the organizing committee will choose from the assigned participants if needed to secure the broadest possible field of studies.


What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is an event where practitioners meet up and collaborate on solutions for future complex challenges. With point of departure in specific challenges, Hackathons evolves around intense teamwork and prototyping, having innovation and action in mind. Hackathons has its roots from engineering, but to be able to produce holistic, sustainable and feasible solutions broad interdisciplinary teams of disciplines are needed.

Interdisciplinary Teams

Research have shown that complex problems and future sustainable solutions must be solved in interdisciplinary teams. By bringing together a wide range of disciplines, innovative, creative ideas and solutions can be created. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary constellations prepare you for the future labor market, providing you with tools, methods and procedures for how to approach, participate and share knowledge in interdisciplinary teams in the future. A competence much valued in the industry.


The Hackathon will consist of a pre-workshop day, three days of intensive teamwork and a post-Hackathon presentation day.

Grundfos has highlighted two overall themes for this Hackathon: Cooling in large buildings and Water intake, and have presented the following challenges possible to choose between on the first day of the event:

  • How to build intelligent water intake solutions for Africa
  • Building long distance industrial M2M communication
  • Designing a rooftop system for vertical gardening
  • Optimizing irrigation solutions with drone inputs
  • Collecting user inputs for building comfort


From 23-27 August


CREATE, AAU, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg / Visit to Grundfos, Bjerringbro


All students, all disciplines


Teamwork in interdisciplinary groups

For more information, please contact:

Maiken Winther - maikenw@plan.aau.dk or

Henrik Routhe - routhe@plan.aau.dk


Grundfos – a global company advocating for sustainability:

Grundfos is a global company with focus on innovative solutions for the world.  With point of departure in water resources, sustainability is a core element in the company. Grundfos is constantly developing new ways to secure better energy efficiency and water resources, creating value for the world obtained in the most sustainable way.

For more information please visit Grundfos website