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Hackathon will aim at homelessness solutions

Social housing management consultancy DTL Creative and their partners at homelessness charity Emmaus UK will host a hackathon later this year.

The Housing Impact Challenge aims to bring together colleagues from across the social housing sector to generate ideas and solutions with the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by homelessness.

The challenge will be developed by a group including members with lived experience of homelessness and will be posed at the beginning of the day. Participants will then be split into multi-skilled teams to design their proposed solution, which they will present to an expert panel of judges, and the winning idea will be announced at the end.

The event is relevant and should be of huge interest to members of the HQN Innovation and Technology Network, and they're encouraged to sign up and get involved.

Describing the rationale for creating the event, DTL’s Head of Operations and Marketing, Chris Milborrow, said: “This event represents everything we’re about at DTL. It combines our social purpose of supporting the social housing sector to be a force for good, our desire to bring people from across the sector together to solve problems and our approach to applying technology to improve lives.

“We’re delighted to be working with Emmaus UK on this project, which encourages true collaboration, and I really look forward to seeing what our teams can come up with on the day.”

Emmaus UK’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, Suzie Gordon, said: “We were keen to ensure that the lived experiences of the people we support played an important role in shaping this event. The format, which will involve our companions and colleagues setting the challenge and participating on the judging panel, will allow us design an event that delivers practical ideas targeted at combating real world challenges, as opposed to theoretical ones.”

If you are a housing professional, a technologist or an academic with an interest in social housing, or a supplier working within the sector, then get involved in this event, meet like-minded people and contribute your ideas to help make an impact!

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*Registration fees (minus venue fee) will be donated to Emmaus UK, to support the brilliant work they do in tackling homelessness in the UK.