Fires, floods, droughts, polluted air and now this. COVID-19. After the drought and fires in 2019, many of us believed that it simply couldn't get any worse. How utterly and completely wrong we were. Rahm Emanuel famously said "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.". Officially now in a recession, surely this must be the best time to do things differently while recognising that our status quo - of the "new normal" of facemasks to protect against toxic fire smoke and viruses - cannot continue on its current trajectory. Everyday people - you and me - need to be part of the solution to protect against future crises both economically and sustainably.
Let's hack it together!
While restrictions are easing, there is still the threat of a second wave which is said to be potentially worse than the first. The challenge we are tasked to solve is how our society and our economy can rapidly adapt to reduce risk and increase resiliency in the short and long term. What this means is that the solutions hacked by teams must be sustainable and commercially viable. Participants team up to solve this challenge within a category of their choice.
The categories you can choose to hack (and go on to commercialise with the help of our generous sponsors) include:
“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that.”
Hackathons and startups aren't all about tech!
How to prepare for and evolve during a crisis
How to design and manage a resilient inbound supply chain from domestic and international sources.
Tips on how to protect the IP of your new or current business
How to create a product or service that sells
How to use Microsoft Teams for the virtual Hackathon
Schedule, available volunteers including mentors, technical support, designers and developers
Discussion of challenges and innovation from influential industry speakers
Watch the video pitches - open to all
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