Have your chance to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges this March

Calling all UoB students! Would you like to work with people from around the world and receive dedicated support and mentoring? Immerse yourself in the Forum for Global Challenges virtual Hackathon in March and tackle some of our planet’s most significant challenges!

What is the Hackathon?

Working in teams of up to five people from all over the world, you will have the opportunity to crack a challenge related to future cities, education, employment, or the green economy.

Winning solutions will be chosen by the team of experts behind May’s Forum for Global Challenges, a major international meeting taking place right here in Birmingham. You will then have the chance to present them to the conference and up to 3,000 high profile, international delegates.

This is the first time the University is hosting this Hackathon as well as the Forum for Global Challenges so this is an opportunity not to be missed.

As well as a range of partners supporting the Hackathon, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will be providing dedicated mentoring to teams throughout, advising you as you develop your solutions.

How can I take part?

The Hackathon is free to enter. Sign up using this form or to find out more, visit the Forum for Global Challenges Website. Taking part in this exciting event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Receive support and mentoring from global experts
  • Work with four other young people around the world to develop solutions
  • Develop proposal writing and creative skills
  • Have your work presented to up to 3,000 conference attendees.

What is the ‘Forum for Global Challenges’?

From 3 to 5 May this year, some of the world’s most influential thinkers will assemble for the Forum for Global Challenges to showcase and generate solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by the planet and its people. This is where winning solutions will be presented!

The Forum’s hybrid design means that people from around the globe can take part in low-carbon impact. It brings together world leaders, business and thought leaders, and academics from around the world to find solutions to problems in:

  • Green Economy
  • Food & nutrition
  • Education & employment
  • Gender equality
  • The future of cities
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Restoring nature
  • Mobilities & migration.

Visit the Forum for Global Challenges site to learn more about the programme of events and speakers.


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