19-20 November


ThoughtWorks, 76-78 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0UR


20 teams, aged 12-19


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ABOUT #AcornHack2016

Acorn Aspirations in partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week is running a 2-day hackathon/start-up style event where 100 young people aged 12-19 will collaborate with mentors from the TechCity community to develop tech start-ups that solve social problems in their local communities and worldwide.

#AcornHack2016 will unlock young people’s entrepreneurial potential by inspiring them to get creative with coding and digital technology, as well as attend masterclass workshops in digital marketing, branding, APIs, lean UX and Business Model Canvas.

The purpose of this event is to equip young people with the tools that will enable them to become change-makers and entrepreneurs of their own lives.

What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare.

Hackathon Judges

Tanya Laird

Founder Digital Jam

Simon Alexander Ong

Business Strategist and life coach

Thomas Géré

AR VR Entrepreneur & Mentor

Marija Butkovic

Cofounder of Women of Wearables & Kisha Smart Umbrella

Timothy Armoo

CEO at Fanbytes

Jonathan Chippindale

Chief Executive at Holition

Nare Vardanyan

CEO Mindbin Tech

Nathan Benaich

Board Director at Ravelin Technology, Investor and technologist

Gee Mann

Founder, Entrepreneur, Innovator and Life Coach

Will Carmichael

CEO at RoosterMoney

William Tunstall-Pedoe

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur, Inventor of Amazon Alexa

Bernadine Brocker

Co-Founder & CEO, Vastari

Will King

King of Shaves CEO

Gary Stewart

Director at Wayra

James Allgrove

Head of Growth at Stripe

Rockwell Shah

Pzizz CEO

Max Kelly

Managing Director at Techstars


Sponsors & Supporters

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We do not provide laptops, so please bring your own.
YES! We will provide lunch 🙂
Acorn Aspirations is a social impact company, which aims to inspire young people aged 11-19 into the world of technology and entrepreneurship. We are on a mission to bridge the digital skills gap and nurture the next generation of digital talent to fill the jobs required by the tech industry.  
ThoughtWorks, 76-78 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 0UR
You will learn how to turn your ideas into a basic working version. Things you'll learn:
  • How to decide which of your ideas are worth working on
  • How to decide what features the user needs to get them from A to B
  • How to sketch your ideas
  • How to build your idea using rapid prototyping tools
  • How to pitch your idea
  • Basic coding skills & UX - HTML, CSS and Android studio
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Podcast: Emily Atkinson, Director of Girls In Tech; Cathy White, Director of GeekGirls Meetup; Elena Sinel, CEO of Acorn Aspirations, Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large of TechCrunch