"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’"
In 2019, 250 people took part in our first ever hackathon to tackle homelessness. With the pilot now fully underway with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, we are delighted to host the biggest housing climate change hackathon at the Virtual Housing Festival.
Join us on 8 September to rapidly ideate, build and design solutions to inspire and mobilise greener decisions and behaviours across the housing sector.
Getting the economy going as we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic will mean a focus on creating more sustainable and energy efficient homes, emphasised by the government’s recent package of £3bn. This is a challenge that needs our collective energy to ensure we are recovering in the right way.
The Virtual Housing Festival has joined forces with an expert steering group to devise a hackathon that could help lay the foundation for a greener future.
It was widely agreed that a plethora of technology and solutions already exist to tackle climate change within new build and retrofit. So we’re asking hackers how to engage, educate and motivate the entire housing sector (including tenants and homeowners) to adopt a climate emergency approach to all their decision making.
Whether carrot or stick, you will work in teams to come up with creative solutions to persuasively incentivise organisations and individuals to take action.
How can we inspire more widespread adoption of technology and a shift to greener behaviours? How can we create compelling financial and legislative incentives? What small changes will have an immediate big impact?
You can help by joining one of four 2-hour innovation sessions at the Virtual Housing Festival. Participants will work together to innovate solutions in quick bursts. Four solutions will emerge and one winning idea, voted for by delegates.
Your team will focus on one of four key areas:
And you will target your solution at one of these four key personas:
No prior experience in sustainability is needed, just the enthusiasm to make change happen! You will be supported by subject-matter experts on the day to inspire your ideas and help shape them into actionable solutions that can be deployed straight away.
Places are limited so to sign up, simply register as a visitor here.
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"In my opinion, it is the single most important housing event of the year where all serious sector leaders convene. To miss the event you run the risk of falling behind the leading pack."