What is a Hackathon?
What are the benefits of taking part?
- Meet other leaders (current and future) from across the FLPS sector
- Shape a response to a social challenge
- Develop priority skills such as critical thinking, strategic thinking, problem solving, collaboration and innovation
- Have fun!
"You can't solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level."
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
Throughout history, people with new ideas—who think differently and try to change things—have always been called troublemakers.
Who, when, where, what?The essential details you need to know about the 2018 Sweetmans FLPS Hackathon.
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Who's taking part?You will work in a team with representatives from the seven pilot firms. Each of the teams will be joined by one of the Alacrity Foundation’s tech graduates to reflect the fact that hackathons work best when there’s a mix of skills and experiences to draw upon in each team. The Alacrity participants will also bring some tech knowledge and skills, should the team require it! Each team will also have access to an online platform to support both your ‘idea formation’ and your pitch at the end of the day.
1. The Challenge
How can the FLPS sector support the wellbeing of employees and/or the communities of Wales?
There are many models of wellbeing and they all emphasise, to different degrees, the importance of, and interplay between, psychological, physical, social and financial health. In the workplace, research shows that wellbeing is a major factor in employee performance and productivity, and therefore in organisational effectiveness; and improved wellbeing is good for society as it releases pressure on public services and promotes healthy communities.
Your team can interpret and shape your response to the challenge as you see fit – focusing on one or all the facets of wellbeing. Possible solutions are endless ….
Useful resources can be found here:
2. Launch event, 5-7.30pm on Thurs 5th July:
The purpose of the launch is:
- To introduce participants to their online platform and hackathon team mates
- To support teams to consider how you might respond to the hackathon challenge
- To build excitement for the hackathon and the FLPS sector’s potential impact as a collective
Hear from Sophie Howe, Wellbeing and Future Generations Commissioner on what wellbeing means for Wales; Steve Hughes, CEO Principality on the role of employers in supporting the wellbeing of employees and the wider communities of Wales; and Lynn Pamment, Senior Partner Wales, PwC on the impact of wellbeing on individuals and the wider FLPS Sector.
3. The Full Hackathon Day , 9am-6pm on Friday 6th July
Teams will be supported throughout the Hackathon day with:
- The development process – ideation, marketplace and action planning
- Key skills development – critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and collaboration
- Communication – an online platform will enable teams to work collaboratively on their idea and prepare the pitching material.
4. The Pitch
At the end of the day participants will pitch their ideas/ solutions to a panel.
Thank you to the panel:
Lloyd Powell, Head of ACCA Cymru Caroline Thompson, CEO Bethespark Dylan Jones Evans, Professor of Entrepreneurship, USW Tanya Nash, Head of Performance, Office of Wellbeing and Future Generations. The winner will have the opportunity to work their idea up further to present to the wider FLPS group in the autumn. All ideas will also feature in the Wellbeing and Future Generations publication.
Find out why we’re running this event
Why here, why now?
Background to the concept and who we are?
Sweetmans and Partners is committed to responsible business practice. One of the ways we deliver against our commitment is to convene a group of 25 financial, legal and professional service (FLPS) firms to work together to futureproof the FLPS sector in Wales.
A key theme, from discussions to date, has been the need for future leaders to develop a common set of non-technical skills, together with broader experience and networks. This reflects a trend in the wider economy and, highlighted by organisations such as the World Economic Forum, for increasingly important ‘soft skills’, such as critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.
To meet this need, we’re piloting this hackathon for rising stars in the FLPS sector.