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Multigenerational Hackathon on Sustainable Development

May 2024

Are you passionate about building a more sustainable future? Do you want to connect with like-minded individuals and develop your innovative ideas to solve societal problems? What if you could create something truly impactful in just one month? Join us in Hacking for Sustainable Development and let's make a difference together!

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During the month of May, Rudolf Agricola School in collaboration with Green Office and Science Shops will launch a very first hackathon on the topic of Sustainable Development: multidisciplinary and multigenerational! You will have the opportunity to connect with students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and together tackle real-life challenges presented by local organisations. The challenges are a range of very different topics, including food systems, landscapes, economic needs and lifelong learning. The groups that will manage to tackle the stakeholders’ problem, will win a prize of 250€!

Are you ready for this challenge?

Enrollment is now open! You can sign up using the button below. Registration is possible until Sunday, 21 April. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at agricola@rug.nl.

What is a Hackathon ?

Hackathons are short-term and immersive learning experiences where people come together to brainstorm solutions for real-world issues. Originated in the late 20th century, this concept gained momentum within the tech community. Over time, it has evolved into a global phenomenon, transcending topics and disciplines. The essence lies in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, encouraging participants to combine their knowledge and perspectives in the development of innovative solutions. 


What is this Hackathon on Sustainable Development about?

For this hackathon, we have collected a dozen of real-life sustainable development challenges from local stakeholders. As a participant, you can choose your favourite topic(s) and you will be assigned to a group. Every group will focus on a different issue. On the 2nd of May, the hackathon will be launched and all groups will meet their stakeholders, and learn tips and tricks for effective brainstorming. During the month of May, with the help of the societal organisation and a mentor, your group will dive in depth to understand the problem and find an innovative solution. On the 30th of May, the groups will present their ideas.

What are the innovative aspects of this Hackathon?
  • Extended Period. This hackathon will take place over the period of one month instead of 1-2 days. This extended period will allow you to delve deeper into the problem and refine your ideas. You will also have more time to connect with your peers via team building activities as well as the social organisation via a small excursion.

  • Tailored Challenges. This hackathon does not have one topic and one problem owner for hundreds of people; instead we have multiple societal organisations involved, each one with its own sustainable development challenge. This will allow you to choose the topics that you are most interested in. Moreover, having one problem owner per group allows participants to build more meaningful connections with the social organisation and to better understand the complexity of the problem.

  • Interdisciplinarity. Every group will have students from different disciplines. The hackathon aims to foster collaboration and innovation by integrating diverse perspectives and expertise in order to address complex real-world challenges. You will have the opportunity to work with peers from other fields of study and learn how to build on one another's knowledge to brainstorm effective solutions.

  • Multigenerational feature. This hackathon is not only for students but it is also open to practitioners and the general public. We firmly believe in the importance of tapping into both academic knowledge with societal knowledge, and to combine expertise, perspective and skills from different generations.

What am I going to do in this Hackathon?

During the month of May you will meet with peers (both students and professionals) who are interested in solving the same challenge as you. Guided by a mentor, you will help the societal organisation to solve their sustainable development issue. The time investment requested is 1 afternoon in the first week (2nd of May - Opening) and the last week (30th May - Closing) + a couple of hours per week in between to work with your team. This hackathon will give you the opportunity to network with both students and professionals, and learn how to apply your knowledge in the real world. Every group who will manage to successfully complete the challenge will receive a prize of 250 euros.

Join us for an opportunity to unleash your creativity and make a meaningful impact!

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