The reward can be used to kick-start your business and do things like buy a domain, rent an office, seek consultancy advice or employ staff. This year, ‘VersedAI’ took home the £1000 prize alongside the opportunity to pitch at Launchpad - with their venture that used AI to map multi-tiered supply chains. We also offer a technical prize, which this year was £5000 worth of product development hours with our technological partner CodeAddict. The winning team for 2020 was ‘Not a Robin’, who developed a mobile game requiring users to take pictures and learn about plants and animals, in a bid to drive public engagement with wilderness and restore public interest in preserving nature.
HackLBS is a team effort, which is what makes it so successful. For 2020, I was the event’s Project Manager, leading a team of five in event coordination: Petra Zilincanova, Agnes Salguero, Kathryn Larin, Philipp Staggata and Arjun Chopra. Planning started in November when we began to ideate, reach out to potential judges and mentors, and lock down the logistics. It involved a lot of flexibility from the team – we were juggling everything from marketing to operations. It’s hard work, but it’s a labour of love and something we’re all passionate about.
We’ve recently developed a new event called ‘Hack for Impact’ in partnership with the Social Impact Club. It focuses on sustainable development goals, and we’re currently restructuring the event as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges of running a physical event.
Our aim is to make HackLBS even bigger and more diverse than ever before and we’ll do this by building stronger partnerships with other institutions. As an LBS event, it already covers a large portion of London’s entrepreneurial community, but branching out to create connections with other schools will bring a whole new pool of people – each with their own unique perspective and skillset.