Innovate Suffolk aims to bring together technology and startup talent across the county in an open inclusive way. Through events and networking we’re looking to connect people, communities and resources to solve real-world problems, build long-term, viable collaborations and nurture scalable businesses across the county.
Our first event was a 48 hour startup hackathon focused on mental health. Bringing together diverse skills and experiences, we helped create and develop real-world solutions to make a difference. Everyone was welcome – we had developers, creatives, business people and enthusiastic people with knowledge of mental health issues. Some came with ideas, some thought up ideas on the night, and four teams made it to final judging. You can see more in the posts below.
Attendees worked together, pitching ideas, forming teams and creating projects, supported by experienced mentors, judges and sponsors.
The aim was to create, test and refine viable, real-world solutions to improve mental health. The winning team not only took away a cash prize, but generous sponsors have offered support to complete building and promoting the app they pitched. See the full schedule.
Here in Suffolk, you’ll often hear people say, “You can’t do that. You can’t do that here. This isn’t London. This isn’t Cambridge. This is Suffolk.”
Doors open at 6pm and the facilities will be open for use during the whole of the weekend for you and your team to work.
18.00 – 18.30 Arrival and registration
18.30 – 19.00 Key note speaker
19.00-20.30 Idea pitches and team formation
20.30 – Bring your ideas to life
8.00 – 10.00 – Breakfast provided
10.00 – 11.00 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)
12.00 – 14.00 – Lunch provided
14.00 – 15.00 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)
17.00 – 19.00 – Dinner provided
19.00-20.00 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)
8.00 – 10.00 Breakfast provided
9.30 – 10.30 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)
12.00 – 14.00 Lunch provided
13.30 – 14.30 – Project update to the mentor panel (compulsory!)
16.30 – Time’s up!!
16.30 – 17.30 As a team, present your project
17.30 – 18.00 Key note speaker
18.00 – Winner announced
Networking opportunity and conclusion