Foyer organised its "100 years Hackathon" at the House of Startups on 13th September. This saw forty participants collaborating in a special entrepreneurial atmosphere, with the focus on the topic of “prevention”, a subject with broad connotations for society.
This is just the latest Foyer Hackathon, but the "100 Years Hackathon" format is unprecedented. As well as being co-created with the House of Startups, the diversity of the ten teams was particularly notable. For the first time, as well as featuring Foyer employees and agents, teams had customers and selected young people aged 15 to 21. The participants worked together using their respective knowledge and experience to try to reinvent current and future prevention solutions.
To address these challenges, the "Hackathoners" were supported by a team of coaches from various backgrounds, specially selected by the House of Startups. This intense and exciting day was kicked off by Tom Michels, CEO of startup Salonkee, who gave a motivating, inspirational keynote speech. Dirk Daenen, an expert in Public Speaking, and Thibaut Ciccone, an expert in Business Model Canvas, also led workshops to help the teams develop their ideas and presentational skills for the pitching ceremony.
This year the jury was also from contrasting backgrounds. Pierre Gramegna, former Minister of Finance (who is very familiar with the world of Luxembourg innovation), did the honour of chairing the jury. The other jury members were Marc Lauer (CEO of the Foyer Group), Patrick Siebenaler (President of the Association of Foyer Professional Agents) and Thierry Flies (CEO of Schroeder et Associés).
First prize was awarded to the "Itinérants" team for their "Blue Truck" concept. The public was also encouraged to vote for its favourite idea and awarded the prize to "My Safe Place", submitted by the "Big Five" team.
The Hackathon ended with a networking cocktail, where participants, jury and organisers were able to congratulate the winners and reflect on the day’s fruitful exchanges.