If the global population reaches 9,6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets will be required to sustain current lifestyles! Do not accept the status quo of today’s world! Join us for our Hackathon on supply chain transparency, broaden your network and get involved with social entrepreneurs – determined to create solutions for a sustainable planet!

About the hackathons

This Hackathon is designed to connect social business entrepreneurs, industry experts from Zalando SE, Volkswagen Group, N3XTCODER and other partners. In a series of three hackathons we build powerful interdisciplinary teams that work on real challenges that contribute towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production. The opacity of the supply chain is a major issue for brands and companies. Consumers are demanding more information on topics such as ethical labour regulation and environmental impact and the status quo cannot provide this.

Our goals

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The Reward

After every hackathon one winner team will be selected by a jury that consists of tech experts from N3XTCODER, industry experts from Zalando SE and Volkswagen Group.

The winner of each hackathon receives technical support and mentoring from N3XTCODER with the goal to implement the hackathon results. We always encourage our community and partners to contribute their time & resources to further support their favourite social entrepreneurs.

Some of the teams will get the opportunity to present their solution at the 9th Global Social Business Summit in Wolfsburg in front of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, many leading impact organizations, social business investors and corporate representatives. The Global Social Business Summit is the leading conference in the social business sector with participants from more than 60 countries organized by The Grameen Creative Lab.

Who is this Hackathon for?

  • Product managers & product owners
  • Business developers & Marketing professionals
  • Interaction designers & information architects
  • User experience experts (UX)
  • User interface designers (UI)
  • Software developers (frontend & backend)
  • Blockchain enthusiast
  • Supply Chain Experts
  • Everyone with skills to change systems for sustainable development

What you will learn:

During the Hackathon you get the opportunity to apply your skills to a real-world product. You will be surrounded by industry experts from Zalando SE, Volkswagen Group, N3XTCODER and other partners from our network. You will get a better understanding of the environmental and social impact of products and services and how innovation in supply chains can lead to more sustainable production patterns. Learn from social entrepreneurs how they identified “hot spots” within the current system and how you can help to increase their impact with your skills. Broaden your network and learn from other social entrepreneurs how easy it can be to become a changemaker.

You don´t need to prepare, however we encourage you to inform yourself about sustainable consumption and production solutions. Also don’t forget to bring your laptop and charger.

Why you should join us:

The N3XTCODER workshop and Hackathon experience is not only limited to the actual onsite event. We rather understand our programs as a process, where you have the opportunity to engage with social entrepreneurs and get a new perspective and a differentiated understanding of digitization’s impact on society and today’s lifestyle.

  • Learn from N3XTCODER, Zalando SE & Volkswagen Group tech experts
  • Challenge your skills
  • Networking & Fun

About the Ventures

Sustify is a digital sustainability-training addressing customers’ supply chains in emerging markets. Sustify helps to increase compliance and supports capacity building by educating the local workforce on social, environmental, and economic issues. To respect planetary boundaries, to establish fair working conditions and to support long-term profitability. In an efficient, measurable, and scalable way.

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WikiRate has developed an open access research platform that allows anyone to gather and report publicly available information on corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices in a structured manner, making corporate sustainability data accessible, comparable and free for everyone. WikiRate uses cutting edge open source software and engages a broad range of stakeholders, including consumers, academics, NGOs, companies, policymakers, investors, and media.

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Dorea is a system for accountable supply chains, tracking a material from its point of origin till end use. It uses distributed ledger technology to solve for lack of trust between distant links in a given supply chain. The Dorae system enables users to create and use valuable management information, and in the medium term Dorae will also enable self-executing trades in physical commodities.

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We at N3XTCODER strongly support the Global Goals and aim for all our projects and partners to contribute to one or more of the 17 Global Goals that have been launched by the United Nations in 2015.

A 17-point plan to end poverty, halt climate change and fight injustice and inequality, the Global Goals are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place.

A plan that 193 governments have agreed, a plan that the world wants and needs. A plan backed by leading business and organisations. A to-do-list for the planet that will only be achieved if everyone plays their part.

N3XTCODER aims to identify and work with the best technology solutions and digital products that have the great potential to tackle the most pressing problems that persist today.

Read more about the Global Goals at www.globalgoals.org

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