Are you passionate about building a better society? Can you use your skills and ideas to find solutions to our society's problems?
We’re looking for people from any background or degree discipline who believe they can make a difference to society, to join our unique 24-hour event on 9-10 November.
Social Storm is an out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning activity, where participants are challenged to apply theory to a real-life social problem.
In a 24-hour hackathon-style event, participants will be working in teams to find a sustainable solution to one of the two challenges set.
By developing your skills and knowledge, Social Storm will enable you to become future change makers.
You will be working in teams comprised of students from other universities to find a sustainable solution to a real life problem, and submitting a video pitch to a team of judges.
The sustainable solution created by the teams must tackle an element of one of these social issues, which stem from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This year these are Quality education and Life below water.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries