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Sustainable Finance Hackathon

Geneva, Switzerland
2 Days
Programme Area
Special event
Specific Target Audience
Event Focal Point Email
Open Geneva
Public – by registration
Mode of Delivery
Not applicable
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In the spirit of other hackathons conducted by corporates and universities across the globe, the Sustainable Finance Hack is a unique creative problem-solving moment. Over 24 hours, it brings together some of the brightest minds from universities, international organizations, and the private sector to solve non-trivial sustainable finance problems, such as:

Up-skilling and career development for sustainable finance
Technologies for transparency and accountability
Earth observation and data science
Business and human rights
Behavioral economics and nudging
Measuring environmental impacts on investments

The 2021 Sustainable Finance Hackathon was part of the 2021 Building Bridges Week. 

This hackathon aims to engage participants in the process of open innovation for addressing relevant idenitified challenges.

The hackathon used a blended format of content and structure, including expert presentations on different topics, methodologies of innovation development challenges and self-organised group work for the final event deliverables. In particular, the hackathon run in 2 consecutive days, leading to the participants' final presentations. An Sustainable Finance Innovation Bootcamp helped prepare the participants' participation in the hackathon. 

22-24 November: Sustainable Finance Innovation Bootcamp online
26-27 November: Sustainable Finance Hackathon

Hackathon is a method of open innovation practice, implying an intense, uninterrupted, period of collective problem solving. Methodologies of SDG Innovation, such as developing an idea to a concrete plan, team building and communicating effectively a meaningful solution by learning how to pitch were integrated as training to foster the participants' innovation outcomes and deliverables through the production of a few-minute demonstration of the innovation concept and its value. 

The event's target audience included people grom the greater Geneva area, of all ages and backgrounds.