Students tackle global societal challenges in 24 hours

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The fourth annual Social Storm was held on 17-18 November for 160 students from 11 universities across Europe. Students in multi-national teams collaborated for 24 hours to design, research and pitch solutions to two Sustainable Development Goals; combating climate change and building sustainable cities.

This year’s winning team designed a crypto currency platform, to enable people to exchange low level support and services with their neighbours, to create inclusive local communities. The winning students represented University of Edinburgh, IE, and Loughborough University London.

Through events such as 24-hour hackathons, Social Storm facilitates the connection and collaboration of young people, businesses and non-for-profit organisations, to find innovative solutions to our global issues. The aim is to build a community of creative, passionate young future leaders who will create innovative, disruptive and sustainable solutions to tackle the challenges we face globally.  

Helen Ots this year’s organiser, said “Every year it is astounding to see the passion and energy participants have to tackle societal challenges, and fascinating to watch the incredible progress each team makes under challenging conditions.”   

Leo Yang, Enterprise and Employability EO at Loughborough Students’ Union said, “Here at LSU on both our Loughborough and London campuses, we really pride ourselves on how enterprising our students are, and love to celebrate the achievements of our enterprising students. We are really proud of what our students have achieved in winning Social Storm, and shows just how their enterprising skills are better than the rest.”

Jordan Dawson, LSU London Manager said “It was great to see our students thrive during the time that they worked together across multiple sites including three different countries. The students had a fantastic experience including several workshops delivered over the course of the evening, multiple networking opportunities with partners and the opportunity to test their knowledge, skills and collaborative working. Whilst a lack of sleep hampers many of us (including the staff who stayed up to support the event!) our students drive and ambition to help others was clear to see throughout the night. We are delighted that one of the teams involving Loughborough University London was successful in winning Social Storm this year. We would like to express our congratulations not just to those two members (Juan and Jean) but all the students who took part.”

Social Storm is an organisation founded by enterprise educators, with the aim of connecting passionate enterprising young people to innovate on solutions to solve global issues.

You can find out more about Social Storm on their website.

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