Reboot Hack

is the first ever student organized hackathon for students in Iceland and will be held in the University of Iceland for the second time in 2020.

Hackathons have been missing from Icelandic culture.
Reboot Hack aims to bring the hacker culture from Europe and America to Icelandic students.


are not about “hacking” but rather creating.

Hackathon can be thought of as an invention marathon where participants get space to learn, build and create.
Students compete in groups and work for over 24 hours to develop an idea/technological solution from scratch.
The product can be a website, small application or any other technology.
Reboot Hack is organized by students for students and is completely free to attend.

Reboot Hack's Story

Reboot Hack was founded in May 2018 by three computer science and engineering students at the University of Iceland. Reboot Hack was first held the 2nd and 3rd of February at the University of Iceland where 60 university students from 5 different universities participated.

The name was chosen as it signifies starting over. We want to encourage participants to reboot their ideas about technology and the ever-changing needs of society.

“Starting over” can also refer to students rethinking how they use what they already know while learning from other participants and mentors.

Reboot Hack’s 2019-2020 project management is composed of 13 students from the University of Iceland, University of Reykjavík and the Iceland University of the Arts. The project management is led by Kristjana Björk Barðdal, the hackathon’s director.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,101 in prizes

Reboot Hack Winners

100.000 isk for the Reboot Hack winning team

Reboot Hack people's choice

12.000 isk gift certificate to Sumac restaurant for each team member

Origo Challenge - Winner

25.000 isk gift certificate to Origo’s online shop to each team member

Auður Challenge - Winner

Bose Soundsport Free headphones for each team member

KPMG challenge - Winner

Gift certificate to Fly Over Iceland for two and Gift voucher to Mathöll Grandi for 10.000 isk per team member

Vörður Challenge - Winner

30.000 isk gift certificate from Arion Banki for each team member

Byggðastofnun Challenge - Winner

Gift-voucher for overnight stay and dinner at Hotel Tindastóll for each team member

Awarego challenge - Winner

100.000 isk for the winning team

Ölgerðin challenge - Winner

15.000 isk Gift voucher to a wide range of restaurants + beer prize from Boli

LHÍ challenge - Winner

Each team member will receive gift certificate from for 10.000 isk + Pendulum work of art from

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Every university student in the world can participate!

Anyone over the age of 18 who is currently enrolled in a college or university (or within one year of graduation) is welcome to attend! Prior programming experience is not required to participate.

To be eligible for prizes, the team must consist of 2-5 people.


All code for ideas must me fresh from the hackathon but you are free to think of ideas right away!
Use of libraries, frameworks and templates is not restricted.

PDF or PPT files for presentations must be submitted with code to RebootHack-2020 devpost page before the deadline on sunday.

The project must somehow use or relate to technology - a figma or mock up of an app or similar is accepted.

Create your project, submit it to Devpost, and present it during the project presentations! You'll have to do all three to be eligible for prizes.


Kristján Ingi Mikaelsson

Kristján Ingi Mikaelsson
Managing Director / Icelandic Blockchain Foundation

Auður Örlygsdóttir

Auður Örlygsdóttir
Project Manager / Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre

Ari Kristinn Jónsson

Ari Kristinn Jónsson
President / Reykjavík University

Sunna Halla Einarsdóttir

Sunna Halla Einarsdóttir
CFO / Icelandic Startups

Kristinn Jón Ólafsson

Kristinn Jón Ólafsson
Head of Reykjavík Smart City Innovation / The City of Reykjavík

Judging Criteria

  • Solution
    How well did the team solve the problem?
  • Feasibility
    Is it financially viable/feasible?
  • Originality
    Originality of the solution
  • The TEAM
    How is the Team spirit and teamwork

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