London Youth Hackathon hailed a success


London Ventures held a youth Hackathon with students from two Lambeth schools to gain their insight into key social challenges. The themes of this session were care leavers, early intervention and gang and youth violence.

Amidst the skyscrapers of Docklands on 3 October 2018, students from two Lambeth schools arrived at the EY offices for the Children and Families Youth Hackathon.

One group wore black blazers with green stripes and the others were wearing purple blazers with multi-coloured ties.

A Hackathon brings people together to generate ideas and ‘hack’ away at a social challenge (nothing to do with computers!).

London Ventures is currently focussed on developing solutions to the challenges children and families face in London. This hackathon gave London Ventures the opportunity to talk to those people who actually face some of these challenges.

Spiral, an organisation that works with young people to upskill them for the future, facilitated the day. There were also representatives from local authorities to participate in the session and a panel of judges to evaluate the solutions.