Editor's note: As part of GreenBiz’s focus on covering the space where technology and business meet to create the next generation of sustainability innovations, we are publishing a series of postcards from the Reinvent Business hackathon held on June 9-10 in San Francisco. The event, supported by the World Economic Forum, brought together an eclectic group from the design, tech, academic and business worlds. Their task: to develop tools with potential to “transform business from within.” This postcard comes from Liz Maw, the CEO of Net Impact. Read the first hackathon postcard submitted by BSR's Ted Howes, who wrote from a judge's perspective. The second postcard was sent in by Dan Riegel, a developer who works at EnergyHub in New York City, and the third postcard came from judge Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact.
We set out to tackle business challenges in a new and innovative way. We wanted to imagine, design and build a more human and social enterprise.
Those were the goals of LRN when we teamed with frog to create the Reinvent Business hackathon. Two months, nine partners, and over 200 applications later, we were ready. We accepted 150 participants from around the world. Some came from as far away Romania, Mozambique, and New Zealand.
Sign-in at the hackathon began at 8 a.m. on a sunny Saturday in San Francisco. By 7:30 a.m. there was already a line at the door. The energy, excitement, and engagement of the participants were remarkable and would be a mainstay throughout the weekend.
The official program kicked off with a welcome from Tim Leberecht of frog and a speech by Dov Seidman of LRN. Dov framed the hackathon challenge and stressed the urgency of creating more businesses that maximize human potential.
Next, the frog team facilitated an immersion activity to help participants translate the broad challenge of reinventing business into specific opportunity areas. The themes of the immersion activity: how we collaborate, support, relate, decide, and demonstrate results that fulfill society’s needs through business-based solutions.
Photo of Reinvent Business hackathon winners courtesy of Ted Howes
Next page: Designing and coding against the clock