The event gave students the opportunity to put into practice theories and business planning methos that they had learned earlier in the course. They worked with senior business managers and technology experts in developing new smart solutions for Myatt's Fields Park in South London. They addressed the challenges of introducing new smart technologies to the award winning Victorian era park. Solution designs included air quality monitoring, water management, visitor information systems, security systems and community-building apps.
During the event, Academic research colleagues from Wroclaw University in Poland, shared with students their experiences of urban park planning in countries around the world including China and Mexico.
LUMS student Nofisat Ayantola commented on the event 'The Hackathon was really fun. It was a great way for the whole group to come with different ideas. It is interesting to see how a mixed group of people could come up with a variety of ideas.'
On day 2 of the Hackathon, students presented their ideas in a Dragons' Den style session in which they were quizzed by a panel of judges on the originality, feasibility and sustainability of their proposed solutions.
Judy Ling Wong CBE (Honorary President of Black Environment Network) shared her thoughts on the day 'I was truly impressed by the energy, dedication and talent of the teams. They were able to tune into complicated real world issues and contribute potential digital solutions under pressure, over a very short period of time. I believe they are destined to be a social force!'
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