About the Hackathon
Leverage your knowledge on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This is a 24-hour hackathon, where students have the opportunity to work in teams of 4. They will pitch a feasible solution according to the given problem statements (see below). Students will receive workshops and resources to support their research development for the event.
Note: No coding experience required for this event.
Problem Statements 2022
Workplaces, including universities, are beginning to have massive shifts in work culture, be it remote work or on-site. These changes have resulted in large-scale shifts in housing markets as well as office space usage in all organizations, putting the sustainability of how we live and work under the spotlight. Can we identify opportunities that make the places where we live/work more sustainable?
While environmental movements are rooted in compassion, we must remember to extend that same care and compassion to ourselves. We know that eco-anxiety and burnout within the climate movement has become a recognized phenomenon, especially among young people. What type of support, resources and incentive could be provided to activists and youth in particular to ensure the sustainability and continuity of their movement and encourage them to keep fighting and keep being engaged in the climate movement?
In Canada, remote and Indigenous Communities face the problem of affordable and clean energy access. High utility expenses, extreme weather, remote old infrastructure, and heavy reliance on fossil fuels negatively
impact livelihoods and economic productivity perpetuating energy poverty in the northern communities. What plans and frameworks could be established to help increase and provide affordable clean energy access to Indigenous Communities in Canada?
Canada prides itself on its multiculturalism and inclusivity. Yet, nutritional advice available in schools and shelters do not reflect this. National and local food banks also suffer from a lack of culturally appropriate foods, making many food banks inaccessible to people of different cultures and faiths. How might we find solutions to improve cultural sensitivity in national and local food security programs?