Are you passionate about building a better society? Can you use your skills and ideas to find solutions to our society's problems?
We’re looking for people from any background or degree discipline who believe they can make a difference to society, to join our unique 24-hour event on 17-18 November.
Social Storm is an out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning activity, where participants are challenged to apply theory to a real-life social problem.
In a 24-hour hackathon-style event, participants will be working in teams to find a sustainable solution to one of the two challenges set.
By developing your skills and knowledge, Social Storm will enable you to become future change makers.
You will be working in teams comprised of students from other universities to find a sustainable solution to a real life problem, and submitting a video pitch to a team of judges.
The sustainable solution created by the teams must tackle an element of one of these social issues, which stem from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This year these are Cities and Climate change and resilience.
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
In recent decades, the world has experienced unprecedented urban growth. In 2015, close to 4 billion people — 54 per cent of the world’s population — lived in cities and that number is projected to increase to about 5 billion people by 2030. Rapid urbanisation has brought enormous challenges, including growing numbers of slum dwellers, increased air pollution, inadequate basic services and infrastructure, and unplanned urban sprawl, which also make cities more vulnerable to disasters. Better urban planning and management are needed to make the world’s urban spaces more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Planetary warming continued in 2016, setting a new record of about 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the preindustrial period, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016. Drought conditions predominated across much of the globe, aggravated by the El Niño phenomenon. In the Statement, WMO also noted that the extent of global sea ice fell to a minimum of 4.14 million km2 in 2016, the second lowest extent on record. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels also reached a record high of 400 parts per million that year. Mitigating climate change and its impacts will require building on the momentum achieved by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. Stronger efforts are needed to build resilience and limit climate-related hazards and natural disasters.
Show us what you're made of – sign up now at socialstormangliaruskin.eventbrite.co.uk.
What a way to conclude Global Entrepreneurship Week!
Deadline to enter: 5pm, 13 November 2017.