This event was on 19-20 Sept 2020, but do check the upcoming UNLEASH hacks here.

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Summary

2020 has been a wake-up call for India with climate impacts aggravating the pandemic, with cyclones, forest fires, locust attacks, floods...

Extreme events like COVID and climate crisis highlight the vulnerability of the marginalized groups and the need for mainstreaming adaptation-resilience in our development frameworks.

In India, the voice of local communities, active participation of the youth, innovation, and entrepreneurship are essential to building a climate resilience India.

****We aim to kickstart and facilitate such a movement, starting with an innovation boot camp on Sept 19-20 under the UNLEASH Hacks banner.

What is UNLEASH?

UNLEASH is a global initiative committed to bringing the world’s top talents together to innovate for the Sustainable Development Goals. UNLEASH has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential sustainability brands (Onalytica) and has held three Innovation Labs in Denmark, Singapore, and China.

Now during the pandemic times, UNLEASH Hacks is aiming to scale the UNLEASH reach globally through online innovation-competitions.

Note: This is NOT a coding-hackathon restricted to computer geeks. UNLEASH hacks rather provides a platform and methodology to innovate for 'sustainability challenges' like climate change. UNLEASH innovation process can be seen as made up of five phases as seen in the diagram. We will focus on the first two phases.

This captures the previous annual UNLEASH event. We are trying to recreate the same experience online through UNLEASH Hacks now that we are stuck at home due to COVID-19.

This captures the previous annual UNLEASH event. We are trying to recreate the same experience online through UNLEASH Hacks now that we are stuck at home due to COVID-19.

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Quick agenda for the Bootcamp:

Day 1 : Problem-framing

After opening, introductions, and team building, we will get to the first phase of the innovation process - problem framing. Here, the teams will dig deeper into how climate change is affecting India, specifically, their own communities are impacted by events like heatwaves, droughts, floods, food shortages, refugee migration, etc. Aim of this exercise will be to find out why adaptation and resilience practices don't exist, and why existing solutions are insufficient or failing.

Day 2 : Ideation

After the problem-framing phase, teams focus on coming up with multiple ideas that can solve the individual problems they've selected from day-1. Having interdisciplinary teams with diverse backgrounds will help to think from different angles and come up with innovative ideas. At the end of the day, teams will pitch their own solutions to a jury panel who will select the top three teams.

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📝 Pre-hack engagement


📣 1st webinar or 22nd August

This webinar has ended, to watch the recording, click here

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📣 2nd webinar or 29th August

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🐛 Post-hack support