Students hacked the Sustainable Office and Future Workplace
Students from the International Business Management Programme took in April 2020 part in a Hackathon with students from the US, Latvia and Czech Republic.
Hackathon has become an increasingly popular way of finding new solutions to problems, while having to build team collaboration in a short time span. Students come together to create, pitch and compete with their original ideas. Hackathons bring together a unique mix of students who give their time to create something great. Students learn skills such as working in a team, idea generation, project planning, report writing and presentation techniques.
This year’s Hackathon was built around the idea of the Sustainable Office and Future Workplace. Four groups, each comprising of students from the four participating universities, received the idea and had 24 hours to deliver a solution in writing and presenting the solution orally.
"I will gladly encourage students to participate"
Below are some testimonials from some of the participating students:
"The Hackathon was truly amazing. I am so happy I could participate. It was a great experience for me. Meeting new people, figuring out how to cooperate together, defining our project scope, working it out together and finally presenting our outcomes. This all and even more just in 24 hours! I take tons of lessons learned both from my colleagues and lecturers who were giving us their feedbacks along the way. Some moments were tough, very tough, but at the end, I remember them as good times. If you search for “life-hacks“ to learn, experience and enjoy a lot in a very short time Hackathon is a perfect way you. Three words I take with me: Team spirit, Determination, Experience.” /Ondřej Šesták - Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
"It was a well put together event. Thank you for this opportunity and this new experience. I thought this was a great use of 24 hours. At first I was skeptical but then really got into the event. Thank you so much! It was fun. I could possibly help in the future! Just keep me in reserve!” /Calvin Miller - Master Student at Texas State University, USA
"I will gladly encourage students to participate! Thanks again for letting me be part of the Hackathon project, it was a very nice experience and I had a good time while doing it. If you need me as a 'Hackathon mentor' don't hesitate to contact me.” /Ayelen Rojas Alvarez - Mälardalen University, Sweden