The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland is hosting its inaugural #WorldofTalent Future Leaders Hackathon this weekend. The event takes place from Thursday 9 February - Saturday 11 February and has gathered over one hundred participants from across member companies of the American Chamber to develop concepts and ideas that could solve some of the biggest challenges facing Ireland’s economy today. The competition is being held at the DCU Ryan Academy at City West, Dublin and can be followed online using the hashtag #AmChamHackers.
The objective of the Hackathon is to conceptualise services and products that ensure Ireland maintains its status as one of the world’s best places to live and build a rewarding career. Ideas can be generated across the Chamber’s priority areas including developing a talented workforce, improving Ireland’s global competitiveness, improving physical and digital infrastructure and making Ireland a global innovation hub.
Participants are undegoing an intense 48 hours of back-to-back sessions including ice breakers, design thinking workshops, pitching sessions and presentations led by a team of steering mentors. Final pitches will be judged by a panel of experts on Saturday evening.
The overall winner of the Future Leaders Hackathon will be given the opportunity to present their idea to the Board of the American Chamber in May, and to see it developed further to potentially become a real-life innovation.
Speaking about the Hackathon, American Chamber Chief Executive Mark Redmond said:
“We’re delighted to bring so many creative minds together from our member companies to participate in this initiative. The ideas and leadership potential generated will be another example of the innovative thinking and commitment we see within our 150,000 strong talented workforce every day
Eoghan Stack, CEO of DCU Ryan Academy said:
“DCU Ryan Academy delighted to partner with the American Chamber and to bring some of the Academy's innovation and entrepreneurial practices into play with some of the most talented Future Leaders from American Chamber member companies. Over the next two days all the participants are going to work hard and hustle lots with new people and we're already excited about this event format to identify solutions to the Hackathon challenge.”