X-industry hackathons are practical events, introduced to encourage cross-industry dialogue and foster corporate innovations by companies from various industries who are ready to take up new challenges, experiment, and find digital solutions to their business problems. Going digital is the keystone of development in any industry.

The focus of the hackathon is cross-industry product partnership, and the format is simple: an industry company presents its business challenge, and an IT company looks for a solution according to its competences. This collaboration is to create new digital products and foster company growth. Every participant has a chance to get to know various industries, find potential business partners and customers, develop their teams’ expertise, and build a culture of innovation.

Organisers of the hackathons select the best industry experts to deliver valuable lectures on business development, fundraising, the art of presentation, and how to implement innovation, all aimed at helping the teams achieve results more successfully and acquire knowledge in developing their business.

The X-industry hackathon was organised by Latvian IT Cluster with support from the Ministry of Economics and Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia.

Latvia’s first X-industries hackathon was held on 6 March -10 April 2018.

The second X-industries hackathon was organised on 2-30 October 2018.