Social Storm 2017 Starts!

17 Nov 2017

Today sees the start of the 24-hour Social Storm 'Hackathon' event at LSBM!

Social Storm is a collaborative project aimed at facilitating the connection and collaboration of young people, businesses, and non-profit organisations. The way that Social Storm has principally engaged in their worthwhile endeavour, to find innovative solutions to global issues, is through their annual 24 hour 'Hackathon' event which over the last three years has enabled creative, passionate young future leaders to have an intense, fun and immersive dip into enterprise entrepreneurship in the space of 24 hours!

LSBM is proud to be acting as one of the hosts for the event this year, and this has seen a whole array of over 40 students from across London, and elsewhere, as well as facilitators and supporting staff (along with blow up beds!) descend on our 99 Gower Street building to take part in the fun, and also (hopefully!) start to think about some important issues that we all have to face.

In 15 other universities across a wide spread of locations, there are hundreds more, and so this really is a collaborative effort that brings people together and helps to unite them in a common purpose.

The event is being overseen by Helen Ots, co-founder of Social Storm, who has been busy arranging the event, and who (as this is going to press) has been finalising the teams, each of whom are going to get to know each other very well over the next 24 hours.

Cal Courtney, Director, Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success (SEWS) at LSBM has been an enthusiastic supporter of Social Storm since Helen first approached LSBM about participating, and along with Arif Zaman, Deputy Director, Centre for Research and Enterprise at LSBM (and also on the Social Storm team) has been instrumental in making sure that LSBM students have the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile endeavour.

Asked about his feelings about the event Cal had this to say:

"I think it's fantastic. It's started off very well. There's over 40 participating at LSBM and over 250 students participating worldwide who have joined up. They have just had their initial briefing where we set the context for social enterprise within the millenium development goals and the various targets that have been set. It is incredibly inspiring to be with this vibrant group of young people who are committed to finding business solutions to some of the biggest problems facing the planet at the moment."


This year the two areas that will be being tackled with student drive, ingenuity, coffee and sleepless nights are:

1/ Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
2/ Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13)

Two of the participants from LSBM at this years event are Dominika Staszalek (left of picture) and Endris Talani (right), both BA (Hons) Business Management (2 Year Accelerated) students. 

 

Dominika had this to say about becoming involved:

"Actually, my colleague Endris told me about it and how it was a 24-hour project and he asked me if I wanted to participate, and I was like 'Yes!' I really wanted to be involved. I started reading and it really sounded exciting. Something to do to help the community. I actually want to study International Public Relations, after I graduate from business, so it just sounds really good. It's a good way of meeting people and also improving and making an impact."

While Endris (who is also the President of the LSBM Business and Enterprise Society that you can learn about here) commented:

"I always wanted to do something big, something international that involved a lot of students and I was advised to do Social Storm. I got excited about it and have tried to get a lot of students at LSBM involved. I asked everybody I could, and went into classrooms to tell students about it. It can shake you. It doesn't matter if it's 24-hours. It is all about working together, motivating each other, and doing something good that looks deeply at the social issues we are facing."


Thanks to everyone for coming along to Social Storm 2017 at LSBM! (You may well be needing the free coffee in the background of the picture...)

You have an exciting 24 hours ahead of you!

 

Stuart Brown
Media and Content Manager

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