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The hackathon of Glarus

Hack4Glarus is the biannual hackathon organised by ungleich. It welcomes hackers from all over the world to hack together on projects in the pretty mountains of Glarus. It is all about technology and fun.


Hack4Glarus 2020 Winter will be fully virtual.

Due to the Coronavirus situation, we decided to have the Hack4Glarus 2020 Winter as fully virtual hackathon. 

The topics and dates for the editions are:

  • 2020-11-6 to 2020-11-7: Business Development in Corona Times
  • 2020-11-13 to 2020-11-14: IPv6 + IoT
  • 2020-11-20 to 2020-11-21: Web development and programming languages
  • 2020-11-27 to 2020-11-28: Linux-BSD-DevOps

You can pre-register and let us know which dates work for you on


Business Development in Corona Times

Mentors: TBA

IPv6 + IoT

Mentors: TBA

Web development and programming languages

Mentors: Dominique Schuwey, Samuel Hailu


Mentors: Reyk Flöter


In normal times, we hosted hackers from all over the world from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon for one weekend in June and December to our data center in the mountains of Switzerland. This year, the world is going through an extraordinary time, and we are adapting ourselves to the situation. We are not meeting in person this year, but we will meet in the best way we do: in virtual space.  


Hack, Hack, Hack!

So how does it work? Hack4Glarus is a hackathon that starts on Friday afternoon. You will be presented with details to the challenges and given hardware (where necessary). The objective is to solve your challenge within 42 hours.


The environment

In normal times:

We provide you the space, Internet, food and drinks. And mountains. A lot of them. Also, a brand-new Hack4Glarus shirt. And you will meet a lot of cool people. At Hack4Glarus you can hack, learn, meet, talk and discuss. Optionally also sleep (mattresses are provided).

In virtual edition:

We are meeting on our Matrix and Jitsi. You can join us from and our chat


The community

Hack4Glarus has been inviting the firendliest hackers you could imagine, the community behind it is open and welcoming. You can join our open chat and meet the community before, during, and after the hackathon. 


The tracks

When you register for Hack4Glarus, you need to choose one of the two tracks: the non-tech or tech track.


The non-tech track

In this track you are challenged to solve business development, marketing or other entrepreneur tasks. It can also be challenges that involve technology, but you don't need to use technology. You will face real-world questions and get consulting from the ungleich team for solving your challenges.


The tech track

The tech track is where your tech hands can get dirty. Setting up virtual infrastructures, hacking on operating systems, using/configuring routers/switches, experiencing the IPv6-only world are some examples of the challenges that wait for you in this track. It is highly recommended to bring a laptop with a unix-alike operating system if you join the tech track (anything from *BSD to Linux to MacOS will do).


Check our previous editions of Hack4Glarus!

Hack4Glarus 2017 Winter


2017.12.01. Hackers from all over the world came to an old factory hall in Linthal, Switzerland with one goal : to improve people's lives of small mountain canton of Glarus. Our first ever Hack4Glarus! Where the great story began. 

Watch the Video

On the press (German)

Hack4Glarus 2018 Summer


2018.07.06. After receiving many requests of doing it again, we opened up a summer edition of Hack4Glarus. Most of the first round participants returned to Glarnerland to enjoy the beautiful Alpine summer hacking. 

The announcement

Read the recap

Hack4Glarus 2018 Winter


2018.11.30. The 3rd Hack4Glarus with the biggest number of participants! The tracks are: IPv6, Devuan, BSD, and Digital Glarus. The projects worked on Hack4Glarus are publicly available.

Check the projects


Hack4Glarus 2019 Summer


2019.05.31. At the 4th Hack4Glarus we opened up more defined tech tracks and also non-tech track. The tech topics include: IPv6, OpenBSD, Kubernetes, OpenNebula and more. 

Read the Recap

Check the projects


Hack4Glarus 2019 Winter


2019.11.29. The most sold-out Hack4Glarus ever, we had more tech-orinentated topics this time. Our famous Momo had a comeback and we had midnight game sessions and handmade hot chocolate!  

Check the projects

What our participants say

What's #Hack4Glarus like? Hear from our participants!

#Hack4Glarus is supported by ungleich.

What is provided at Hack4Glarus?

Enjoy hacking in the breathtaking setting of Glarus!

Food and drink

Nobody should hack on empty stomach! 

A big space for sleeping and more

A big space for hacking and sleeping and hanging out

Perfect environment for hacking

The hackathon will take place at a great factory hall in Linthal.

What do I need to bring?

You need only 3 things to participate

Great Idea

Your cool hacking subject

Sleeping bag

Or anything you need for sleeping

Your awesome self

Don't forget to bring yourself!

How can I participate?

#Hack4Glarus 2019 winter edition is now closed. Please wait for the next Hack4Glarus registration opening! 

  • You can apply for participation by filling in a form on the website or you can send us the answers via email.   

  • Get confirmation mail from Hack4Glarus.

  • Come to Hack4Glarus and hack together with great masterminds!

And there’s an extra: Fridolinpass*

If you have an extraordinarily good idea, apply for Fridolinpass! Write us why you should participate in Hack4Glarus, and how will the community benefit from your hacking. We will read your application thoroughly, and for the ones who win Fridonlinpass we will cover your travel cost within Switzerland to Hack4Glarus! 

*Only valid for travel in Switzerland. Outside Switzerland is not covered.
*Only valid with the proof of travel (ticket etc) and participation of Hack4Glarus.

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