What is it?

A hackathon is a sprint-like competition that requires participants to come up with a solution to a specific problem in a set amount of time. In this case, Israeli students from different disciplines will team up with dozens of international students from SKEMA International Business School. The students will spend hours working side-by-side to come up with their best idea to address the social problems created by regional development.

When and Where?

Date: February 28

Time: 10:00-20:00

Place: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Building 14

The Participants So Far

  • 33 students from SKEMA International Business School in France

  • 25 students from the Mandel MBA program

  • 70 students from Cadets for Municipal Service

  • Recipients of the Feher Scholarship in GGFBM

*All participants must bring their laptop with them

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Made possible by the support of the Feher Institute for Policy and Management



Bridging Gaps in Local Development Processes

Recent years have seen cities, municipalities and entire regions undergoing major changes. These changes, such as technological developments, demographic shifts and urbanization, can greatly improve the standard of living for local inhabitants. But not everyone feels these benefits. What happens to those vulnerable populations who fall through the cracks? How do we bridge the gap between the populations who are propelled forward toward better living conditions and those who are left behind? This hackathon asks participants to identify a specific problem and come up with a solution through the framework of 3 development processes:

1. Technological Developments (i.e. digitization, job automation)

As cities, municipalities and regions adjust to the 21st century, they undergo a number of technological changes to their infrastructure, to their bureaucratic procedures, to their communication methods and more. Examples include the Olympic village in London and Beer-Sheva.

2. Demographic Shifts

With changes to cities come changes to the people who live in them. More people may move in, some may move out. Maybe the population is ageing or its socioeconomic status is changing. Demographic shifts include local movement, immigration and changes to existing populations.

3. Urban Development / Urbanization

Growing cities require updates to their infrastructure. Maybe new neighborhoods are constructed, new types of buildings considered, new transportation systems planned. As cities sprawl, they may absorb smaller surrounding communities.

special guests



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Assistant Professor of Strategy

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Expert in Geopolitics

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Director of the Bengis Center

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CEO of Friends of Atidim

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Dean of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management

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Chair of the Department of Management

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Director of the Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program

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Senior Lecturer of the Department of Public Policy and Administration

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Guest Lecturers

Ilana Kwartin

VP and Director of Development & Partnerships


Tal El-Al

Vice Mayor

Beer-Sheva Municipality

Prof. Nurit Alfasi

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Environmental Development


Find a team of at least 6 members, with at least one person from abroad

Each group must have representatives of at least two different cycles of cadets.

Step One: Identify a development process

Step Two: Identify a vulnerable population that is harmed by this process

Step Three: Come up with your best solution to address the vulnerable population

Step Four: Give a 5-minute presentation of your idea in English

Where can your solutions come from?

The Public Sector

By developing support programs, subsidies, or municipal service

The Business Sector

By creating new technology, establishing new businesses, or offering counseling programs

The Third/Non-Profit Sector

By establishing organizations or initiating programs for change


the prizes


First Place 

1500 ₪

Second Place 

1000 ₪

Third Place 

500 ₪

Judging Criteria

  • Applicability

    • Are the problem you identified and your proposed solution relevant to the theme?

  • Market Research

    • How well have you researched the problem? Does it really exist? How many people are affected?

  • Innovativeness

    • How creative is your solution? Combining existing ideas is still innovative!

  • Effectiveness/Impact

    • How effective would your solution be? How big of an impact would it have?

  • Efficiency

    • How many resources would your solution take (time, money, human capital) to achieve the desired impact?



Registration is Closed

See you next year!