We were delighted to assemble emerging leaders and influencers from across Northern Ireland for the WIP Community Hackathon.  

The Hackathon, organised by a group of Alums from across Northern Ireland and Ireland, sought to innovate ways to combat the issue of loneliness in Northern Ireland and was as part of the ‘2017 Imagine! The Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics.’  The festival was a week-long series of events aimed to engage people in political/cultural discussion and debate in the broadest sense.

The event, kindly supported by the Belfast Giants, and hosted in Brewbot Belfast, brought together tech specialists, mentors and leaders in the community sector, to work together to design new ideas over the course of an afternoon and culminated in a pitch competition.  

Attendees at the Hackathon were treated to an inspiring talk from Jeremy Lindsay from Kainos Software, who provided feedback on their pitches, advice on further development and how tech can be used to overcome social challenges.

Jeremy was joined by a group of WIP Alums who acted as facilitators and mentors during the event. Special thanks to Phil Murray for organising the event and to Jessica Caldwell, Peter Purcell, Gintare Lenkeviciute, Tim Durkan, Mícheál Gallagher, Ciara Buckley and Katherine Parke for their support throughout.   

Community Hackathon

Brewbot, Ormeau Road, Belfast

Date Published
6th April 2017