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. We’ve adapted this concept to deliver against the needs of clients and the wider FLPS sector.. We run both in-house and sector wide Hackathons.
IN- HOUSE HACKATHONS
Our in-house hackathons are typically developed in order to:
· Gain insight from the wider leadership community to shape strategy
· Develop key leadership skills and behaviours in a real-life context
· Encourage a“fail-fast” culture in a regulated business operating in a complex and uncertain business environment
Teams develop a ‘MVP’ (Minimum viable product) over a 1-3 day period in response to a strategic challenge or problem statement, supported by guest speakers, bite-size training, tools and facilitation, before pitching their ideas to a senior judging panel from the business.
“Involving people from across the business in shaping a response to a pressing strategic challenge was a fantastic way for us to gain insight from colleagues and enable the wider leadership community to appreciate and navigate the bigger picture in which we are operating whilst developing essential non technical skills.”
Deryn Philips, Head of L&D, Motonovo Finance
SECTOR WIDE HACKATHONS
As part of our B-Corp commitment, we run an annual hackathon for current and future leaders in the Financial, Legal and Professional Services sector in the Cardiff Capital region.
The hackathon, which was set up as a way of delivering on the priorities of the FLPS Sector Group, has three objectives: to develop increasingly important non-technical skills and behaviours; to broaden networks and provide a solution to a challenge which has both a business and social dimension.
Our most recent hackathon took place in June 2019 at the brand new Cardiff West Community High School and centred on how the sector can collaborate to develop a skilled, talented and diverse workforce in an increasingly VUCA world.
We would like to thank: the 6 participating businesses: Acuity Law, Hodge Bank, Legal & General, MotoNovo Finance, PwC and Watkins and Gunn; our principal sponsor, ACCA Cymru Wales; event sponsors, Principality Business Society, YellowCat Design and FrontDoor Comms; and our event partner, Cardiff Commitment.