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At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe, we will be holding our first-ever hackathon, CloudNativeHacks. The Paris edition is focused on hacking for a more sustainable future. CNCF is collaborating with the United Nations, which has brought forward challenges for the hackathon that support the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals

The application is live, and we can’t wait to see what #TeamCloudNative submits and develops to help solve problems for a more sustainable world. The application closes on 19 February, 07:45 CET (18 February, 23:45 PST), so don’t delay in submitting your ideas. The winners will be announced on the keynote stage at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe in Paris, as well as receive prize money to take their idea to the next level ($10,000 for first prize, $7500 for second prize and $2500 for the third prize).  

This cloud native community has already transformed the way we power the internet, deliver software, push the AI movement forward, and effect change to be a more sustainable world. Together we can solve problems for a sustainable future.

Sponsorship opportunities coming soon! For more information, view the hackathon FAQs, suggested challenges from the United Nations, and the event overview. Submit your application today!

If you aren’t familiar with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals, they range from goals like increasing access to safely managed clean water and sanitation to creating sustainable cities and communities to ending poverty. 

United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals

While the United Nations has brought forward sample challenges, we encourage participants to submit their own ideas that may help support these goals. 

While you can read more about the challenges, here are a few highlights: 


(SDG 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities

(SDG 2) Zero Hunger

(SDG 7) Affordable and Clean Energy

Develop open source software to monitor heat generation in data centers and direct this heat towards applications that can provide value. Your software should be intelligent enough to direct this heat towards applications that can provide value. Imagine using this “waste” to stimulate sustainable agriculture or warm marginalized communities. With your software, heat becomes a commodity, not a byproduct.


(SDG 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities

(SDG 17) Partnership for the Goals

In a world where remote work and edge computing are prompting a re-evaluation of urban spaces, insights are needed about potential spaces that could be repurposed into data centers for edge computing, considering factors such as location, size, power supply, and connectivity. Develop an open source tool to analyze this data and envision and design solutions to utilize these spaces effectively. The goal is not only to identify potential areas for repurposing but also to generate innovative ideas for their transformation. As we reshape our urban landscapes, your software could play a critical role in that transformation. Push boundaries, imagine the possibilities, and propose solutions to revitalize these spaces.

Any technology stack may be used, but the application must focus on re-use of space. Datasets used must be open – on an open data license from Creative Commons, CDLA or similar.


(SDG 12) Responsible Consumption and Production

This challenge is your chance to impact our planet’s future, redefining supply chains, and moving closer to a truly circular economy. Develop an open source software solution focusing on circular supply chains. This tool should manage the lifecycle of critical components, from reuse and repair to recycling. But that is not all – your solution should also track transportation miles and packaging solutions, focusing on reducing environmental impact and promoting sustainability. Also consider how the principles and mechanisms you develop could be adapted to other supply chains. This is more than a programming task – it is an opportunity to influence a paradigm shift towards a circular economy in multiple industries.

Develop an open source application which manages the components and lifecycle for a data center supply chain, considering the UN SDGs and the environmental impact of the data center industry.

Any technology stack may be used, but the application must focus on re-use of space. Datasets used must be open – on an open data license from Creative Commons, CDLA or similar.

And these are just a few examples of some of the challenges. Thank you to all who submit to the CFP, as we look forward to the community working together to solve global challenges for our world.