International Hackathon: Cities of the Future

This May the university will be running an international, online hackathon with universities from 6 different countries. The hackathon will give you the opportunity to join a virtual, international team, and work together to develop an idea for a product or service. The challenge will focus on a topic of global interest: Cities of the Future.

The hackathon is a pilot for an entrepreneurship course being developed collaboratively by 15 universities in Europe and Israel. The project is called IN2IT, and is supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.

Some great reasons to get involved:

  • meet new people in different countries and universities
  • gain experience of working virtually in a team
  • practice developing exciting solutions to real problems – the starting point of entrepreneurship
  • put something different on your cv
  • participation is free to Kingston students.

Nuts and bolts and timeline:

  1. The Hackathon is taking place in May.
  2. To participate, you will need to register with us by April 30th.
  3. Online materials and instructions will be available to everyone from 5 May.
  4. Preparatory materials and activities should take you approximately 2-3 hours over a 2 week period (5 – 18 May). These include short readings, videos, slide sets, a questionnaire and some shared tasks.
  5. The Hackathon is taking place over the weekend of 19 – 22 May. You will be able to participate from home, mobile, or at your university or office. Online mentors will be accessible, but you will work mostly with your team, by video link, messaging, or through noticeboards.
  6. Final pitches will be submitted on the 22nd May
  7. After the hackathon weekend, we will ask you for feedback.

Interested? Please contact Bakhona Hawes: . Make sure you put HACKATHON in the title of your email.


Dragons’ Den – the aftermath

Rumour has it  – you faced your dragons and survived.

We are incredibly proud of all of you for stepping up to the challenge. Thank you for all of your hard work, commitment, and for trusting us throughout the journey.

Most importantly though, thank you for supporting each other – your cheers and expressions of support and love for each other were a joy. You are all absolutely fantastic humans.

What you do with your business from here onwards is yours to decide and this needs to be decided through a serious conversation with your team. Will you keep going or are you glad that ‘the assignment’ is over?

There are quite a few excellent teams and products/businesses with potential – do you know who you are and  can you recognise the opportunity?

What you know now is that it is going to take hard work to take your business to the next level. Success is not accidental.

No matter what you decide, you will have to be brave – no one is going to do it for you and instead of you. Thank you, Nika, for the candid post.  

No matter what you decide, you still need to sell off your remaining stock and collect the awards. Celebrate Enterprise, here we come!

Here is the info for the day:

Celebrate Enterprise
Thursday 23 March 2017 
Penrhyn Road campus

12:00 Arrival and set up KUSU social space at PR campus

  • Each team will be provided with 2 small square tables

12:30 – 16:45     Start-up trade fair

16:45 – 17:15     Teams move to the awards ceremony room PRJG4002 to set up for the showcase

  • Each team will be provided with 1 small square table
  • Please note that KUSCO will be setting up the room from 4 p.m. 

17:30 – 18:30     Awards ceremony

18:30 Drinks reception

I’ll meet you on Thursday at 12:00 in KUSU Social Space at PR campus!

See you all there!

This is it – your Dragons’ Den day is here

Come along to the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition to support our Kingston University Finalists!

Congratulations Irene Canuti and Josue Vivas Hernandez for making it into this year’s top ten for the Mayor of London’s Entrepreneur competition with the multi-materials extruder for direct 3D printing!

Irene is a MACE graduate and both Irene and Josue have been making time for you as your mentors this year – please join me on Monday 20 March 11:30 – 17:00 to help cheer and support them! You’ll perhaps get some ideas for your own entries next year!

Book your ticket for the final of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition to support Irene and Josue:

Monday 20th March, 11:30 – 17:00, London City Hall