Energy transition, climate change and circular economy. Popular themes that get talked about a lot - but Living Tomorrow puts them into practice. During a two-day hackathon, about 50 participants focused on these challenges of the future. The winning idea is being integrated into Living Tomorrow in Vilvoorde.
Building the future together
You can´t predict the future, but you can invent it. That´s been the mission of Living Tomorrow for over 25 years now, and so Living Tomorrow´s very own hackathon was a logical development. Mark Bollen, who coordinated the hackathon, explains: "A hackathon revolves around achieving change together, something we do every day with Living Tomorrow and TomorrowLab. A hackathon has been on our to-do list for some time now. With a diverse programme of ideation workshops, inspiring keynotes and innovative brainstorming techniques, we and the participants dived together into three social themes.”
Three social themes with impact
There were three central topics: energy transition, climate change and circular economy. Subjects that concern everyone and have an impact on our day-to-day lives as citizens, organisations or companies. No accidental choice, because Living Tomorrow believes that together we can build a positive future.
Each participant chose one of the three subjects, and worked together with a multidisciplinary team of professionals, experts and students on a specific idea.
Best ideas are further studied for integration
The two-day event clearly had an impact on the participants. Many strong ideas were proposed, and the Clean House project was chosen as the ultimate winner. Clean House is an automatic selection tool that offers unused things from your house on a sub-platform in order to promote circularity and reuse in your local community.
Joachim De Vos, CEO of Living Tomorrow, was impressed: “Living Tomorrow exudes innovation on the strategic, tactical and operational levels. It was fantastic to see how we could share our philosophy with the participants in the space of 2 days.”
After further elaboration, the winning idea will be integrated into Living Tomorrow.
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