A project board for hackathons or just effective collaboration in small teams.

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Tools for time-limited, team-based, open-by-default collaboration

dribdat is an open source web application that assists teams working playfully on projects with data. Designed to support awesome hackathons and promote data expeditions, it is a 🇨🇭 Swiss Army Knife for Civic Tech: your events, guidelines, count-downs, challenge board, project log, progress tracker, integrating with prototyping tools, group chat, code repositories, open data APIs, and more!

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The philosophy of this project, in a nutshell, is: live and let live (no tech religion, use whatever design / dev / doc tools you want as long as they are accessible to your team), commit sustainably (aggregate outputs in standard web of data formats for optimal search and archiving), create in safe spaces (embedded code of conduct, works offline, minimal privacy footprint).

Install the software, read our Whitepaper, or try dribdat yourself at a community hackathon.

Screenshot of a Dribdat instance
A screenshot of an event page in Dribdat.

For more background and references, see the User Handbook. If you need help or advice in setting up your event, or would like to contribute to the project: please get in touch via Discussions or GitHub Issues. You can follow and support the project on OpenCollective or Codeberg

If you use Dribdat, please add yourself to the Tour de Hack! It only takes a minute, and knowing this helps keep the 🔥 alive.


The dribdat project can be deployed to any server capable of serving Python applications, and is set up for fast deployment using Ansible or Docker. The first user that registers becomes an admin, so don't delay!

If you would like to run dribdat on any other cloud or local machine, there are additional instructions in the Deployment guide. Information on contributing and extending the code can be found in the Contributors guide, which includes API documentation, and other details.

See also backboard: a responsive, modern alternative frontend, and our dridbot chat client. Both demonstrate reuse of the dribdat API.

If you need support with your deployment, please reach out through Discussions.


This project is currently mantained by @loleg. See Contributors and Forks to find other users of this project.

Special thanks to the Open Data, Open Networking and Open Source communities in Switzerland for the many trials and feedbacks through over one hundred events.

This project is inspired by the work of many wonderful hackathonistas to the East, West, North, and South of here. We are grateful to F. Wieser and M.-C. Gasser at Swisscom for conceptual inputs and financial support at an early stage of this project. This application was based on Steven Loria's cookiecutter-flask, a more modern version of which is cookiecutter-flask-restful - and could be a good basis for your own hackathon projects.

Additional and ♥-felt thanks for your contributions to: Alexandre Cotting, Anthony Ritz, Chris Mutel, Fabien Schwob, Gonzalo Casas, Jonathan Schnyder, Jonathan Sobel, Philip Shemella, Thomas Amberg, Yusuf Khasbulatov .. and all the participants and organizers sending in bugs and requests! 🤗


This project is open source under the MIT License.

Due to the use of the boto3 library for S3 support, there is a dependency on OpenSSL via awscrt. If you use these features, please note that the product includes cryptographic software written by Eric Young ( and Tim Hudson (

All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our hackathon are required to agree with the Hack Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody.

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