Students Tackle Global Challenges During 24-Hour Hackaton 'Social Storm'
While we were sleeping the night of 9 to 10 November, twenty Business Management and International Business Management students were tackling a global problem. Not by themselves, but together with 150 students from fifteen universities and university colleges, spread all over the world. Via large screens and online tools, they joined forces to come up with creative, sustainable and financially viable solutions.
How can you remove plastic waste from a heavily polluted river like the Ganges? How do you organise qualitative training to help refugees find work? Our students joined forces with fellow students from, among others, London South Bank University, University of Guyana and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn in Malaysia to brainstorm on these and other issues, linked to Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Despite the thousands of kilometres between the different team members, there was very close cooperation in a splendid atmosphere. Each team developed a solution and then pitched it for a jury of experts and entrepreneurs.
We are proud of our students and supervising lecturers who worked non-stop for 24 hours and upheld the honour of Artevelde University College Ghent, and indeed of our country, as we were the only Belgian university college that participated in the initiative. Good job!