The brief was left as wide open as possible, inviting participants to “Unleash their creativity and expertise to help people in Stockport connect with their wider community and enrich their lives and social wellbeing”. We hoped that this would encourage ideas to assist people to discover and connect with activities, events, organisations, and community groups they are interested in.
Of the eleven teams who converged on Fred Perry House on Saturday the majority applied as pre-formed teams with just three being brought together for the first time at the event. Many were seasoned hackathon attendees, however, for a number it was their first introduction to this type of event.
The event was promoted on social media, through local colleges and universities as well as on Eventbrite. We reached our maximum number of applicants in advance and most attendees turned up on the day – perhaps the personal phone calls confirming pizza pre-orders were an influencing factor here!
This sustenance was put to good use as the teams threw all their energies into developing their ideas and creating working prototypes within this very tight timeframe. All the participants worked enthusiastically and tirelessly and it was impressive to see so many talented individuals freely giving their time and pooling their skills and creativity for the good of the community as a whole.
We are extremely grateful to all the judges, to Jim Evans and all the mentors on the day, to everyone who gave their time to help make the event such a success and to the applicants for their participation and enthusiasm. Feedback from attendees and judges alike was that the event was a great success, enjoyable and rewarding.
And the winners were…
“Fluffy Unicorns”, the winning team, created ‘VoStock’ a volunteering app to help build stronger communities and create a tighter bond between people in Stockport. Team members were: Dragos Chivulescu, Raluca Cruceru, Alexandra Misca and Simona Paulescu.
In second place came “Don Jones Society” with an interactive calendar, tailored to the user’s interests and offering users a chatroom to ask questions directly of event organisers. Team members, each winning a £25 Amazon voucher, were: Jessica De Sousa, Zoe Dunn and Emily Storer.
For all the participants involvement in events such as these are invaluable when building a tech CV and may well lead to work opportunities in the future.
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