An innovative concept to address the lack of coordinated remote working support infrastructure and services in regional locations has emerged as the overall winner of the 2021 Hackathon. The 'Hub Unity' concept is a proposed nationwide interconnected remote working hub franchise, built in partnership with local communities.
A special Viewers’ Choice Award went to Saol Ireland, a concept to showcase Ireland’s attributes as a great place to live and work through a global marketing campaign and companion app.
Guided by a team of mentors, AmCham’s annual Hackathon drew over 200 participants from across its membership to compete in fourteen teams to create innovative projects with the potential to position Ireland as an attractive, inclusive, and sustainable place to live and work.
The challengers were asked to take into consideration how to future-proof Ireland long term and post Covid-19. Projects in 2021 addressed themes including STEM, neurodiversity, hybrid and home working, urban living, sustainable living and green technology.
Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Catherine Duffy, AmCham Vice President said:
“It has been an extraordinary year by anyone’s standards adapting to Covid-19. All of the teams put a huge amount of time and effort working virtually to present these projects today and each of them has the potential to really help keep Ireland as a great place to live and work into the future. The winning team captured particularly well the reality that talent is everywhere now - and can be accessed anywhere, with the right supports and infrastructure.”
The AmCham Hackathon 2021 took place with the generous support of partners Accenture, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Emergenetics, Alltech, Microsoft and Medtronic.