Over 80 participants from across 100 companies have descended on DCU Saint Patrick’s Campus for the third annual American Chamber Emerging Leaders Hackathon which kicked off on Thursday and runs until Saturday, in what has been described as a weekend of ideas and the ultimate networking event.
At Thursday night’s opening, the stage was set as participants created pitches for this year’s challenge to create an innovation to make Ireland the best place to live and work.
The hackers will be working down to the wire over 48 hours to ideate, innovate and to pitch the winning innovation on Saturday evening.
The teams are being guided throughout by a group of mentors from business, state agencies and the public sector, all of whom will be on hand to answer questions, share their networks, experience and knowledge.
Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from experts — including Ryan Shanks, director of The Dock, Accenture’s design-led, multidisciplinary research and incubation hub; and Aimée Madden, founder of CliniShift, a software solution founded in Ireland and now operating in international markets to connect hospitals and clinical staff in real time.
For Katie Keogh, director of Member Networks at the American Chamber, it’s an exciting time:
"Participants have 48 hours to come up with a minimal viable product (MVP) and they will need grit and stamina to get through what is essentially an ideas marathon.”
The event, now in its third year is held in association with the DCU Ryan Academy and sponsored by Alexion, Accenture, Citrix, Clark Hill, Coca Cola, Dell EMC, Emergenetics, Facebook, Microsoft, Dublin Airport Future Factory, Morgan McKinley, United Airlines and VHI.
The programme concludes on Saturday when teams will have just five minutes to pitch their idea to an expert group of panellists including the US Chargé d’Affaires, Reece Smyth.