A group of young men and women sitting at tables in groups taking part in a hackathon

Mate Lakos

AI for Green Cities Hackathon

The British Council is joining forces with MOME Innovation Centre to host a hackathon for young people to explore and showcase the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for the common good.

AI is seen as a technology that has the potential to solve some of the biggest global challenges facing us today. Young people have the power to influence the future of AI and whether it will be used as a tool for shaping solutions to real-world problems. It is a field in which they will be called upon to act critically, influence others and support wider society.

We are inviting young people aged between 18 and 35 who are passionate about sustainability and interested in innovation and creative problem-solving to work together in interdisciplinary teams and create AI-based solutions to make our cities greener and more sustainable.

The hackathon will take place from 7 to 9 December 2023 at the MOME Campus.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for young people between 18–35. Applicants can be of any background, with an interest in at least one of the following areas:

  • Design: People who design products and solutions that aim to improve the well-being of individuals and communities. People who can be creative and think outside the box.
  • Business: People with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Computer Science: People who have a background in sciences. It can be basic knowledge of what AI is and how machine learning works.
  • Social/Environmental Sciences: People who promote sustainability, are proponents of environmental and human rights.

Note: There is no need to be an expert on AI to participate as the programme will involve training in fundamental AI principles. Mentors will support each team through the process.

What do you gain?

Pitch your solution to win 1,000 EUR and a study trip to Bristol, where you will have the opportunity to meet the other teams from Greece, Cyprus, Ireland and the UK! The study trip will take place in March 2024.

What are the topics?

Participants will work in teams of five to design AI-based solutions to improve people’s lives in urban areas by making them more sustainable and eco-friendlier. We will elaborate on the specific challenges before and during the event.

How to apply

You can apply individually or in teams by completing the online application form by Monday 27 November 2023.

Participation is free of charge, but places are limited!