LSBU holds student Hackathon with KTP partner Construction Youth Trust
29 October 2014
The one-day Hackathon gave students at London South Bank University (LSBU) the chance to solve a real life issue faced by Construction Youth Trust (CYT), while improving their
employability skills and gaining work experience. The winning team was awarded
work experience placements as Trainee Consultants with the charity.
young people aged 16 to 30 by providing access to training, education and
employment opportunities in the construction industry. The charity is currently
working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with LSBU, which looks at the outcomes
of the Trust's work with disadvantaged young people.
At the Hackathon, CYT
challenged students to explore how digital technology could be used to improve
the process of recording and evaluating the charity's impact in helping young
people access employment opportunities. Teams then presented their ideas to a
panel of judges, which included staff from LSBU's School of Business and the Willmott Dixon Foundation.
"Inspiring young people, particularly those
from challenging backgrounds, is a key aim of our Foundation, so we are always
on the look-out for good ideas that will help them access the world of work,"
says Alison Symmers, Head of the Willmott Dixon Foundation
Judges awarded first prize to a team of students who proposed an
app that uses animation to make filling in data more interactive and engaging
for young people on CYT's programmes.
was tough competition from the other groups. We are glad that we won and
received an unexpected work placement with the organisation. Overall it was a
really good experience taking part in the Hackathon," says Rosaline Ratnasothy,
MSc Internet and Data-Based Systems student.
student Hackathon is another positive outcome of LSBU's KTP with CYT, which is supported
by the Welsh Government, Innovate UK and Willmott Dixon.