A Hackathon For The Financial, Legal And Professional Services (FLPS) Sector

Join us on 13th and 14th June

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What is a Hackathon?

Hackathons have their origins in the tech sector and are typically used to develop new technology solutions or ideas.

The premise is that: working with people from different backgrounds, with complimentary skills in a time-pressured environment on a shared goal creates fresh ideas and a rich learning environment.

The unique experience can also provide a strong foundation for long-lasting relationships and future collaboration.

We’ve adopted the Hackathon concept to meet the needs of the FLPS sector.

Why take part?

For the employer For the individual
  • Invest in and engage your talent
  • Develop priority skills amongst your current and future leaders
  • Collaborate with the FLPS sector and contribute to a pressing social challenge
  • Be part of an exciting, innovative sector led initiative
  • Build your network
  • Develop priority skills such as critical thinking, creativity, curiosity and collaboration
  • Shape a response to a challenge that impacts you, your business and society
  • 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."

Albert Einstein

Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgi

Throughout history, people with new ideas—who think differently and try to change things—have always been called troublemakers.

Richelle Mead

Who, when, where, what?

To ensure a diverse range of skills, perspectives and experience in fuelling your ideas you will work in a team of 5-6 professionals made up of representatives from the participating businesses.

To maximise the available benefits, participants will have some mid-senior management/leadership experience.


Acuity Law, Hodge Bank, Legal & General, Motonovo Finance, PWC, Watkins & Gunn.



Thursday 13th June (2.45-5pm)

Friday 14th June (9am-5pm)


Cardiff West Community High School

A brand new school serving the West of Cardiff.


The world in which we operate is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

What are the opportunities for the FLPS sector in the Cardiff Capital region to collaborate in building a skilled, talented and diverse future workforce that can respond positively to this macro environment?

Pre- reading will be circulated via this microsite to all participants ahead of the event.

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Who's taking part?

Each of the following employers will have 3 mid to senior level colleagues participating in the event. Biogs of all participants will be circulated before, or at, the event.

The Challenge

The world in which we operate is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

What are the opportunities for the FLPS sector in the Cardiff Capital region to collaborate in building a skilled, talented and diverse future workforce that can respond positively to this macro environment? 

In shaping your solution, you may wish to consider:
  1. Skills and behaviours the sector will need in the future – what are they and how might we develop them?
  2. Schools and the new curriculum in Wales that will require greater employer engagement
  3. Encouraging, and valuing, diversity (in the broadest sense of the word)

Pre-reading Links

The future world or work

The competing forces shaping 2030

A sectoral view

Professional and business services
(see Sections 6.2 and 7)


The business case

New curriculum

and employer engagement

The purpose of the kick-off event on Thurs 13th June, 2.45-5pm is:

  1. To fuel your thinking. How might you respond to the hackathon challenge? Hear from guest speakers with different views on the challenge.
  2. To introduce participants to their hackathon teammates
  3. To build excitement for the hackathon and start shaping your approach to the challenge.

Our Hackathletes will hear from the following guest speakers:

  • Wendy Edwards, Senior Human Capital Leader at PwC giving her views on Encouraging, and valuing, diversity (in the broadest sense of the word).
  • Frank Holmes, Managing Partner of Gambit and Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region Economic Growth Board giving his view on the Skills and behaviours the sector will need in the future – what are they and how might we develop them?
  • Nick Batchelar, Director of Education, Cardiff Council giving his views on the new curriculum in Wales and employer engagement.

The Full Hackathon Day on Friday 14th June, 9am-5pm

Teams will be supported throughout the Hackathon day with:

  1. The development process– ideation, marketplace and action planning
  2. Key skills development– critical thinking, curiosity, creativity and collaboration
  3. Communication–Facilitation to support teams to work collaboratively on their idea and a framework of questions to support their pitches.

The Pitch

At the end of the day, participants will pitch their ideas/ solutions to a panel.

The judging panel will be looking for an idea with the most potential to make an impact on the challenge, the development of skills and learning as a team and how you’ll apply them back in the workplace. 


  • Caroline Thompson, CEO, bethespark
  • Lloyd Powell, Head of ACCA Cymru Wales
  • Huw Morgan, Senior Non-Executive Director, The Development Bank of Wales

The Prize

The winning team will receive tickets for a day out this Summer at the cricket, thanks to PWC!

Find out why we’re running this event

Cardiff West Community High School

Penally Road, Caerau, Cardiff, CF5 5XP

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How to get there

Parking is very limited at the school so we’d encourage you to travel by bike or public transport wherever possible. This will also reduce the carbon footprint of our event.


Please take bus 17 or 18 from Cardiff city centre (Westgate Street or Castle Street, outside the Holiday Inn) and alight at the Haverford Way stop on Amroth Road.


Please car share if possible. The school will be holding a limited number of car parking spaces on the service road to the side of the school which will be marked with cones.


There are plenty of secure bike parking facilities at the school

Dress Code

Smart Casual

Why here, why now?

Around 60,000 people are employed in the FLPS sector in Wales, which contributes 7.5% of GDP – a figure which is expected to grow over the next decade. The sector has the highest average GVA per person per hour of any sector in Wales, with total GVA topping £11.6 billion. Wales was the UK’s hotspot for growth in companies in the sector in 2015 and South Wales was designated by the UK government as a financial centre of excellence – one of only eight outside London. More broadly, Cardiff has been one of the fastest growing of the UK’s 10 core cities outside London over the past decade. It is projected to grow by a further 20% – faster than any other core city – over the next 20 years. All in all, the sector is a major contributor to the Welsh economy and society. Through taking part in this triple bottom-line hackathon, its current and future leaders have the unique opportunity to work together to demonstrate the sector’s role in wealth generation and also addressing some of the pressing challenges of our time.

Background to the concept and who we are?

Sweetmans and Partners is a fully certified b corporation which means we’re profit-making and legally committed to making a positive contribution to social and environmental challenges. One of the ways we deliver against this commitment is to partner with the sector and organise opportunities for current and future leaders to engage in challenges that have both business and social benefit.

Following a successful pilot ‘Hackathon-style’ event for the FLPS (Financial, Legal and Professional Services) sector in 2018, we will be holding a second FLPS Hackathon in June 2019, with a view to making it an annual event.

Feedback from the pilot FLPS Hackathon 2018 was:

  • 93% rated the overall experience as very good. The remaining 7% as brilliant.
  • 100% rated it as a very or quite effective vehicle for developing critical thinking skills
  • 100% rated it as very or quite effective vehicle for developing problem-solving skills
  • 80% rated it as very effective for developing creative thinking and innovation skills
  • 87% rated it as a very effective for developing collaboration and team working skills

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