Danish School of Media and Journalism: Hackathon


The Ministry of Immigration and Integration was looking for innovative ways of combating radicalization on the internet. They collaborated with the Danish Media and Journalist High School, to host a hackathon for the students and stakeholders from the outside.

The project was funded by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration with PET, the Media Council for Children and Young People and the International Recruitment and Integration Board, and a selection of young community-minded citizens with different backgrounds as other collaborators.


The students first worked for three weeks, and did a deep dive to understand the problem in depth. The students generated insights, that was used as the foundation for a three day hackathon. We worked with the school to design and facilitate the hackathon. Students and external stakeholders, worked in groups and presented 10 final concepts to the client. Two of the concepts were selected and further developed. 


  • 10 final concepts presented
  • 2 concepts further developed to be implemented in collaboration with the ministry
  • The entire project was an effective way for the school, the students and the group of stakeholders to learn more about processes of collaborative innovation

TV2: Engaging Danes in Electing Their Politicians

TV2 Danmark


TV2’s ambition is to be one of the most creative media houses in Denmark. When they approached Below The Surface, they were looking for innovative concepts for engaging the Danes, and tell the stories of the next government election in Danmark in new ways.


We helped TV2 design and facilitate a creative process across the organization, that could utilize the collective creativity of the organization, and result in innovative concepts. We investigated new types of journalism, interactive media and technology, to spark inspiration and new ideas. Several concepts were developed, tested and evaluated.


  • A catalogue with more than 25 innovative concepts
  • Selected concepts prototyped and tested with users
  • Several ideas directly implemented within existing structures
  • Tools and methods applied into daily work in teams
We had a great process with Below The Surface, and we developed both as a group, and as individuals. They showed us in very concrete ways, that the secret of developing great ideas, isn’t that secret after all. Today I know how to inspire creativity. Living up to that is not easy, but it’s comforting to have a new set of tools. Today I use them everywhere I go.
— Kristoffer Pinholt, editor in chief, TV2 Denmark.

Stendahls: Leading High Performing Teams

Stendahls Team Development


Stendahls is a multi-disciplined communications agency. They were already known for their unique ability to collaborate, both within their own organization, but equally in their work with their clients. Having seen how a culture of collaboration pays off, they were eager to take it to the next level.


We designed a bespoke program aimed at the agency’s managing partners and project managers. The program was a practical, and hands-on education in developing teams, and leading the human aspects of creative and innovative teams and projects. The first step brought the agency’s managing partners on board. The second step trained project managers. Finally we brought parts of the course to the entire staff.


  • Shared understanding of how to develop teams and reach high performance
  • A comprehensive toolbox, which is used daily throughout the agency
  • Feedback is much more commonly used and help teams and individuals to grow
Below The Surface’s solid facilitation and their toolbox of team tools, has been invaluable in or agency’s change. They are without a doubt world class change coaches.
— Christer Hedberg, Head of Creative Development, Stendahls