Jim Wilkinson, our Digital Skills Partnership Coordinator, headed up to the University of Greenwich to work with Undergraduates studying a variety of courses there, as part of the latest GreHack, funded by the Office for Students. This SELEP-focused, weekend-long event saw Jim first set out the challenge set of student participants which surrounded development of the Digital Skills Prospectus and a marketing strategy to enable SELEP to increasingly appeal to young people who are looking for help and support around digital skills and careers, before students then worked in teams throughout the weekend to develop their ideas and pitches that would be delivered to the judging panel on Sunday.
Jim was hugely impressed with the commitment shown by participants, who had each put in long days on the Saturday and Sunday, their capability and creativity, as well as their presentation skills, and found judging the top three pitches incredibly difficult. In the end judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd to Teams Stealth, Divergence and Unlabelled, with team members even winning individual cash prizes for their efforts!
We’re now continuing to talk to the OFS about the potential for taking on an Intern to help develop ideas coming out of the GreHack and hope to confirm things soon. In addition, it’s our hope that we’ll be in a position to utilise some of the Digital Skills Partnership’s budget to help that development. Huge thanks to Lynette Lisk (OFS), Nayem Rahman, Joe Bloomfield (both University of Greenwich) and Isabella Mahoney and her team from Foundervine, for organising, facilitating and ensuring such a great event.