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Our social hackathons are problem-solving events that takes place over a single day, where UCL volunteers drawn from Academic staff, Professional Services staff and students work on a business problem set by one of our community partners. This could include planning, research and idea generation around fundraising, new services, procedures, volunteer recruitment, communications, websites, users’ needs or evaluation. 

We appreciate this is a challenging time and have worked with other departments to make grants of £1000 available to five successful applicants based in the London Boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest who would like to get involved. We are only able to consider applications from current partner organisations – so please don’t circulate this invitation outside of your organisation.

The funding has been made available by UCL East, UCL Culture and UCL Innovation & Enterprise as part of the UCL Listen and Respond initiative – set up to better connect VCS organisations with people and groups within UCL who are interested and able to provide support at this time.

In the past, our Social Hackathons have been run at community organisations’ premises. We’re adapting the format for COVID-19 - all events will now be hosted online. We’re committed to making this as easy as possible for you and your team to participate if your application is successful – so we will allocate members of our team to administer the Zoom call with you through the day – we’ll offer time to do a test-run if you’d like as well as we’re still learning too!

The day is a great opportunity to get a group of UCL students and staff to work collaboratively and come up with solutions to the problems you’ve posed in your pitch.

Please read through the T&Cs and application guidance - if you’re keen to apply please submit your application before the end of Friday 19 June 2020.

If you’ve any questions, or would like to discuss your ideas for a social hackathon, please feel free to get in touch with Yasmin Gulay.