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Urban Hackathon

For: businesses and cities

Tackling problems effectively is hard. Even defining what a problem is can be a challenge. Sometimes a short, intense period of time dedicated to a single issue can help frame it in such a way that solutions become clear.

An urban hackathon is a collaborative sprint-like design event where teams work intensively for a short period (24-48 hours) on specific challenges, set by cities or companies. Outcomes include proof of concepts that can be further developed into prototypes implemented by some of the UK’s top Advanced Urban Services companies.

How it works

A hackathon typically has four stages:

  • Issue definition
  • Participant recruitment
  • The hackathon itself
  • Follow up on promising ideas

Talk to us about designing an Urban Hackathon that meets your specific requirements connect@futurecities.catapult.org.uk.

Case study: City Data Hack 2018

In early 2018 we partnered with three public authorities who play a key role in how London is experienced by millions of residents and visitors every day: Greater London Authority (GLA), Transport for London (TfL), and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD). Each partner proposed a real social or economic challenge for teams and innovators to solve over the course of a single weekend: active travel planning (TfL), social isolation (LBBD), employment and skills (GLA). We hosted the event at our urban innovation centre. Read more about the event.

The right problem = the right solution

Urban hackathons are very customisable so they’re helpful for almost any issue. They often lead to real-world products and services, too. Get in touch with our team to find out more about hosting your own urban hackathon connect@futurecities.catapult.org.uk.

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