From 1 to 3 October 2021 GATE is a partner of Global Goals Jam Sofia. Global Goals Jam is a global initiative that takes place in 85 cities around the world, united by one cause – the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for a better future. The event focuses on the theme of “Regenerative Cities” and seeks sustainable business models for products and services that create more value for the city, its resources and all its inhabitants.
As a partner, GATE participates with the expertise of six mentors – young researchers from the Institute. Together with experts from Sofiaplan, GATE researchers will guide multidisciplinary teams on how to test their ideas for the development of Sofia in a short time, using the design thinking process to create innovations.
The hackathon will go through the process of design thinking for a two-day design sprint – from A to Z in the life of an idea. The first day is dedicated to the acquaintance with the participants and the expert mentors, as well as to the announcement of the three topics/ challenges for work. On the second day, participants need to understand the essence of the problem, generate ideas and choose a favourite idea. The third day will be dedicated to validating ideas by prototyping and testing solutions.
The best projects will have the opportunity for further development through mentoring support.