Social Storm organised an international competition on 11-12 November for 250 students from 19 universities across Europe, Africa and India. Using technology available on the internet, students in multinational teams worked for 24 hours to tackle sustainable housing and food security, with sustainable solution ideas. Aston University had 30 students take part and spent 24 hours working in the new state of the art Universities Centre at Innovation Birmingham Campus.
This year’s winning team tackles sustainable housing in Kenya with the idea of building an eco-village, involving a combination of renewable energy and sustainable building material such as hempcrete. Growing hemp and eco-tourism was also a source of revenue, to further support the village. You can view their entry here. The winning students represented Aston University, University of Edinburgh and the University of East Anglia.
Through events such as 24 hour hackathons, Social Storm facilitates the connection and collaboration of young people, businesses and non-for-profit organisations, to find innovative solutions to our global issues. The aim is to build a community of creative, passionate young future leaders who will create innovative, disruptive and sustainable solutions to tackle the challenges we face globally.
Helen Ots this year’s organiser, said “We’re always amazed at how much the teams achieve in under 24 hours, in developing an idea into a sustainable business model and pitch and how many ideas they have to tackle challenges within their own society. It’s truly incredible to see their passion and energy to solve these problems.”
Carolyn Keenan, BSEEN Project Manager said “Social Storm was an amazing opportunity to develop their communication skills and develop their knowledge of social entrepreneurship in a global concept. We are delighted Aston University were part of the winning team.
Social Storm is an organisation founded by enterprise educators from UEA, Plymouth and Loughborough University, with the aim of connecting passionate enterprising young people to innovate on solutions to solve global issues. You can find out more about Social Storm on their website.