The best, the most modern in its solutions and most … directed at the team. Yes, we’re talking about a hackathon that was honoured to be sponsored by the Ministry of Justice at St. James Park organized by UCL Entrepreneurs and SheCanCode. Months boiled, the infinite mass of ideas, 48 hours, 20 teams, 28 universities, 100 participants, 20 masters, and one winning team.
But let’s start at the beginning. SheCanCode is a project that emphasizes that high-tech is not just male dominance. Women, students, mothers, and daughters should have equal access to programming and this should not surprise anyone. They focus on more women in tech and more coding.
On the first day, after the initial speech of inspirational influencers from the high tech startup environment, the students were divided into teams. The initial brainstorming of students from all possible fields – not only technical, was aimed at thinking about solutions that are fixing the world.
In a tense and creative atmosphere, participants in groups worked on a unique project. The game was not about a small stake, because it was about to be the best team among the best and noticed by recruiters from JP Morgan and Vodafone. In the breaks for lunch and coffee, participants could get advice and mentor support. The hackathon was turned into a training workshop through SCRUM Education Experience and was facilitated by the main moderator of the event our CEO Aga Gajownik who helped participants to organise, structure and develop ideas.
The whole of Saturday passed extremely quickly. Those who craved warm food were satisfied with the pizza brought by uber eats in quantities of 150 pieces. Arranged in towers strewed stressed stomachs and tired minds. And the biggest challenge was still before the participants.
The Sunday morning passed on refining the projects. The main pitch before the jury and the audience was approaching. The atmosphere of tension reached its zenith. After 15.00 everyone gathered in the great hall and in the flashlights of photographers, live Facebook reports and Twitter short rations, the teams began to present their high tech achievements.
Student creativity did not know the limits. The 3-minute demonstrations with nasal prototypes and business models showed the maturity and willingness of real help in solving complex problems on our planet. The concept of monitoring pregnancy is a line from developing countries, digital help to fight dyslexia, scanning products that cause food allergies, these are just some of the sensational projects. After lengthy consultations judges picked the following teams:
1. An app to help tag animals on farms using blockchain.
2. A pregnancy monitoring application in developed countries
3. Application for refugees, helping to monitor all required documents
The main prizes were gifts and getting to the fast track recruitment process at Vodafone.
A few words from the participants:
“This is insane. This is not the hackathons I am familiar with.” I thought.
We followed the sprints on the Trello provided by the scrum master, from prototyping, testing to the business model and growth hacking. With the help from the mentors and the scrum master, we were able to come out our solution and started to work on the prototype and the business model in the afternoon.
At that moment I realised that this hackathon was way more than another hackathon.
It was not merely a hackathon but a two-day project development workshop in order to bring our idea come to live practically and effectively.
This is crazy awesome!!
It was a really fantastic experience during the two days. We went through a whole process from brainstorming, prototyping to
To put it shortly, Hatch London was the best hackathon I have ever attended. Can’t believe this was the first hackathon SheCanCode hosted.
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