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
Place: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Building 14
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.
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
Are the problem you identified and your proposed solution relevant to the theme?
How well have you researched the problem? Does it really exist? How many people are affected?
How creative is your solution? Combining existing ideas is still innovative!
How effective would your solution be? How big of an impact would it have?
How many resources would your solution take (time, money, human capital) to achieve the desired impact?