System Dynamics Hackathon Series

Short bursts of global team effort to develop System Dynamics insights
for sponsors with real world challenges for prize money.  

Organized by:  University of Bergen Norway and President Birgit Kopainsky

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!

 Previous Hackathons 

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


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 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 which clearly illuminated the tradeoffs.  Click below to read more about his award winning entry.