The Trust recently held a Hackathon event with partner London South Bank University (LSBU) to examine how we can make better use of digital technology.
The event was a chance to explore how the Trust can use digital technology to describe the impact we have on helping young people access employment opportunities. LSBU students from different disciplines were invited to participate in the Hackathon to encourage creativity and innovation, and were asked develop solutions and present their ideas to a panel of judges.
The winning team was Team Two with their idea to develop an app that used animation to make data entry more engaging. The judges were extremely impressed with their presentation and they won the opportunity of a work placement at the Trust. The winning team commented “we were really surprised when we won as there was tough competition from the other groups. We are glad that we won and received an unexpected work placement with the organisation. It was a really good experience taking part in the Hackathon”.
The winning team were Adam Callinan, Yunisha Bajracharya, Rosaline Ratnasothy and Nihayna Sarathchandra.
Hackathon judge Alison Symmers, Head of the Willmott Dixon Foundation commented: “here at Willmott Dixon, inspiring young people, particularly those from challenging backgrounds, is a key aim of our Foundation, so we are always on the look-out for good ideas that will help them access the world of work. Choosing a winning team was hard because all the ideas the LSBU students came up with were fantastic.”
Christine Townley, Executive Director of the Trust commented “the Hackathon event is just one of the exciting activities we have had the opportunity to run with partner London South Bank University (LSBU). I would like to thank the young people that took part in the event for their fantastic ideas to help us to develop technology at the Trust, and LSBU for making the day possible”.
The Trust is working with LSBU on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in order to explain the outcomes and impacts of our work helping disadvantaged young people access opportunities in the construction industry. KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within UK Universities and Colleges. The KTP has received support from Welsh Government, the Technology Strategy Board and Willmott Dixon.