Climate Hackathon

11th & 12th November

Calling entrepreneurial university students – do you think you can be part of an award-winning team that could turn an environmental solution into a new business idea? Students arCalling entrepreneurial university students – do you think you can be part of an award-winning team that could turn an environmental solution into a new business idea? Students are invited to take part in an interactive two-day virtual hackathon. Hosted by Ulster Bank’s Entrepreneurship team, students will be put into teams to come up with innovative ideas to solve one a climate-focused challenge. Along the way you’ll go through problem solving, rapid prototyping, design sprints, pitch writing and more! At the end of the two days, a team of international judges will pick a winning team, who’ll receive an exciting prize – and the opportunity to turn your idea into a business opportunity. This is your way of making a local difference in solving a global problem. Are you up for the challenge?

Did you know we have less than ten years to prevent irreversible damage from climate change?

If you’re as concerned about the planet as we are, help make a difference by taking part in Hack the Climate Crisis!

A hackathon (what is a hackathon?) that’s open to students from Queen’s University and Ulster University, this interactive two-day event will take place virtually and the winning team will receive a £10,000 Proof of Concept grant from techstart and be accepted onto the Ulster Bank Climate accelerator*.

Hosted by Ulster Bank’s Entrepreneurship team, students will be put into teams to come up with innovative ideas to solve a climate-focused challenge. Along the way you’ll go through problem solving, rapid prototyping, design sprints, pitch writing and more!

At the end of the two days, a team of international judges will pick a winning team, who’ll receive these exciting prizes. This is your way of making a local difference in solving a global problem.

Day 1 timings: 10am – 4pm

Day 2 timings: 10am – 5.15pm

The panel who will judge each team’s entry on day 2 are:

  • Denise McQuaid, CEO GoBeyond Investing, an early stage European investment ecosystem
  • Danny O’Brien, Managing Director EMEA, SVG Ventures, the most active AgTech investor 2020 (Crunchbase)
  • Ryan McAnlis, Investment Director, Techstart Ventures, a leading investor of seed capital across Scotland and Northern Ireland

The winning team will receive a £10,000 Proof of Concept grant from techstart and be accepted onto the Ulster Bank Climate accelerator*. *Subject to meeting criteria Please note this event is only open to students of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

Climate Hackathon

11th & 12th November

Day 1: 10am - 4pm | Day 2: 10am - 5:15pm

Carol Lemmens - Arup

Carol is Arup’s Global Advisory Services Portfolio leader and interim Europe Property Business leader.

He was instrumental in developing Arup’s position paper to define the circular economy in the context of the built environment and developing Arup’s work as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) knowledge partner for the built environment. He continues to work to raise the awareness of the circular economy approach from general first principles to practice by identifying the many challenges, enablers and opportunities available to Arup and others in making the circular economy a reality. Carol regularly contributes to Circular Economy and thought pieces, presentations and interviews globally. Most notably, Carol was invited to give a key note address to the United Nations General Assembly at their Circular Economy event, in October 2018.