School Hackathons

Improving employability skills for students

At our School Hackathons and Innovation days students learn:

  • the principles of problem-solving
  • what it means to work as a team
  • the essentials of business planning and marketing
  • presenting an idea efficiently
  • what it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • managing their persona and development

We ran 5 innovation days last year and plan to run a further 6 this year for over 200 Oaklands college Business, Computer and Media studies students. The students find it an enjoyable learning experience; working as a team to come up with ideas, testing the business case and pitching to judges, and college lecturers appreciate the value of this practical experience for their students. And we’ve been impressed by the quality of the ideas and of the pitches!

It’s also an example of how projects evolve. The first iteration used open data sets, but the data and time available limited how much we could do. So, we changed it teams working up their own ideas and pitching back to us. Next iteration, we set teams a real-life challenge; to come up with digital ideas to tackle air pollution. That remains the theme for this term but we are going to make teams work a bit harder by having a review of the start of the session -and banning PowerPoint! We’ve also been mixing teams to better reflect the work experience of teams from different disciplines working together.

We can tailor digital innovation days for different age groups – so get in touch if you’d like us to run one at your school or college. Email us on

Would you like to sponsor our hackathons? We have worked with companies like Microsoft and Aecom to deliver our programme. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact

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