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Hackathon | Climate Code Red | UCL Engineering Welcome Festival 2021

28 September 2021–03 October 2021, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Icebergs melting, with logos for various companies and institutions, including Microsoft Philanthropies, Amazon AWS, IBM and UCL, in the top border, and text reading 'Climate Code Red Induction Week Hackathon' in the bottom border.

UCL Induction Week’s Meet and Ideate online hackathon (organised by UCL Computer Science), with involvement from some of the world's most innovative and exciting companies and organisations. All new students from across UCL are invited to take part.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students






Dean Mohamedally and Sheena Visram

Please note

  • This event is open to all new UCL undergraduate and postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, beginning their studies in September 2021.
  • The live online session for all students takes place on Tuesday 28th from 5pm - 6.30pm, online drop-in sessions will run throughout Thursday 30th, and final submission is at 6pm UK time on Sunday 3rd Oct.
  • Passionate about finding solutions to the climate emergency? 
  • Want to get to know your fellow new students from across UCL, plus learn how to work collaboratively and share ideas using online tools? 
  • Join the Climate Code Red for Humanity Hackathon, organised by UCL Computer Science as part of UCL Engineering's Welcome Festival, and you and your team will work together to make a pitch video of your best idea for major charities.
  • Throughout the week, you'll get to hear from senior speakers from some of the world's most innovative companies, plus our Top Ten teams will each claim a prize for every team member!
  • This is an elected optional activity, for your benefit to get to know others and to experience online collaboration with UCL standard tools and processes. You will be working on a meaningful and engaging topic to create a short video of ideas, as an interdisciplinary assigned team (assignment questions can be sent through the Moodle chat forum).

Apart from the launch session, you should set aside 6-7 hours of your time between Tuesday 28 September and Sunday 3 October, to work with your team on this online-only activity, and to get used to the tools. At the end of this activity you will be familiar with UCL approved tools and online accounts, practical approaches for group working, and hopefully will have made great new friends in the process!


Live sync introduction session on Zoom (link via Moodle)

  • 5pm to 6:30pm UK time on Tuesday 28 September 2021.

Guest list
SpeakerTitleOrganisation and role
Dan MorrisPrincipal Scientist AI for Earth, MicrosoftMicrosoft AI for Earth supports organizations that are applying AI to environmental challenges, by helping them harness the full power of cloud computing, by developing open-source tools, models, infrastructure, data, and APIs to accelerate technology development for environmental sustainability.
Heather LesonDigital Innovation Lead,Solferino Academy, IFRCThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.
Husna Ahmed PhD OBECEO of Global One, a faith-based International NGO focused on women, and coordinator for the Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation (UN-ANCSSC).The Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation is an international network of NGOs which works in collaboration with the United Nations for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), enhancing civil society’s understanding of the value of South-South Cooperation in developmental, humanitarian and related spheres.
Mikael Mikaelsson PhDScience and Innovation Policy Advisor, Europe Head of Clean Growth & Climate Change, FCDOThe Science and Innovation Network (SIN) has approximately 100 officers in over 40 countries and territories around the world, building partnerships and collaborations on science and innovation. SIN officers work with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas, leading to mutual benefits to the UK and the host country.
Neil HarrisSustainability Strategy and Innovation lead at Amazon Web Services (AWS)Taking a broad, science-based approach to reach net zero carbon by 2040.
Hannah SweetIT Project Manager, WaterAidWaterAid has teams in 28 countries across the world, working with our partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene.
Prof Jon McNamaraIBM Master Inventor, IBM IXN LeadDistinguished Technical Specialist
UK University Programs Lead IBM, leading our technical support on Reddit

Industry mentor idea discussions

  • Async online - Thursday 30 September 2021, location (online) TBC. 
  • Mentors from Amazon AWS, IBM and NTTData.

Submission of project idea (MediaCentral uploaded videos on Moodle)

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