Creative Design Hack hosted by Loughborough University London

Between 25–26 January 2019, 68 students participated in the ‘Creative Design Hack – Make London Better 2019’ to develop solutions for sustainability within London’s creative industries.

Students and Alumni from Loughborough University London teamed up with students from London College of Fashion, University College London, Birkbeck, University of East London and London South Bank University to address the question: How do you make the creative industries more sustainable in London?

The hackathon offered students and recent alumni the opportunity to come together to learn, create, test, prototype and present their ideas to tackle some of the environmental challenges facing the creative industries. All of the participants developed innovative ideas whilst networking with other students and widening their knowledge and skills.

Teams competed for the chance to win part of the £3,000 total prize fund. The winning team designed an app encouraging getting lost as an exploration tourism tool. The team in second place suggested creating sustainable water bottles from fast fashion fibres.

Hayley Jones, Student Enterprise Adviser at Loughborough University London, said:

Hackathons are a great way for our students to apply the knowledge they have learnt through developing innovative solutions to real global problems. The Creative Design Hack allowed students from six different London universities to interact and engage on some of the environmental challenges facing London’s creative industries and create lasting networks.”

The hackathon took place in our new Enterprise Hub, a modern environment designed to encourage innovative and collaborative work between individuals, start-ups and organisations of all sizes.

For other enterprise events and hackathons, take a look at our events pages.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.