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Global Social Storm Artevelde University College

24-hour international Hackathon brings together students from all over the world

On Friday, 17 November, at 2.00 p.m., twenty students of Business Management and International Business Management were anxiously awaiting the start of the 24-hour international hackathon 'Global Social Storm' at campus Kantienberg.  Together with over 150 other students from fourteen universities worldwide, they were the only Flemish students to participate in this unique event.

The challenge? To find, with the help of an international team, a sustainable solution for a global problem, as defined by the United Nations in the Sustainable Development Goals, within 24 hours. Our students chose 'Global warming and resilience'. Through virtual communication tools, they demonstrated how technology brings together people from all over the world and how everyone can contribute to sustainable solutions for social challenges.

Bart Lievens, lecturer at Artevelde University College: "The winners will only be announced on Thursday, but our students have proved that they can be entrepreneurial and that they can persevere through tough times.  Even though they sometimes had to start over from the beginning, they have achieved their goal: they submitted their business plan and made a three-minute video pitch."

Student Lisa Battheu was enthusiastic about her experience as well: "It was a unique experience to work on a global problem, together with 150 students from all over the world. The 24 hours were challenging, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!"

Artevelde University College is strongly committed to stimulating entrepreneurship among students through Idea Factory and the student cooperative Artepreneur.