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 ran a 2-day hackathon/start-up style event where 100 young people aged 12-18 collaborated with mentors from the TechCity community to develop tech start-ups that solve social problems in their local communities and worldwide.

#AcornHack2016 aimed to 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 was to equip young people with the tools that would enable them to become change-makers and entrepreneurs of their own lives.

The following ideas were created at the hackathon:

1. Syper – a VR app to detect dyslexia
2. Links – a social collaboration platform for young people to kick start their future
3. Lease – a platform for customers to rent out unused items for specified time
4. Revi-C – an education platform for different styles of learning
5. LearnLink – a platform which makes revision easier by targeting weak areas
6. Study Bros. – an app that allows you to study while gaming
7. Cortex – a time management app
8. AIwars – a multiplayer game platform which teaches how to code
9. Titans – an app consisting of all trending games
10. Beleaf – helping small businesses go green by linking excess food to food banks/charities
11. HAB 11 – an app that allows teens to showcase their talents
12. Visualting – a multi-device and multi-technology that helps you learn in a style that suits you
13. Road to refuge – changing the face of refugee education through games
14. Nestr – a web app that helps refugees to solve their problems
15. The brainless devs – an educational VR game that makes learning fun and interactive

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

Lu Li

Founder of Blooming Founders

Lu Li is the founder of Blooming Founders, a platform that accelerates the startup journey of female founders through events and a professional network. She is the UK ambassador of Women's Entrepreneurship Day, a judge at the MassChallenge accelerator, a mentor at the Google Launchpad accelerator and part of

Karen Willis

Senior Consultant, Business Analyst at ThoughtWorks

Karen is passionate about solving problems. Her business and technology expertise combines perfectly with her drive to bring people together to deliver fit-for-purpose solutions. She recently completed a 12 month secondment as a ‘Business Connector’, a community engagement role which tackles social issues in a deprived community, working towards a

Sally Eaves

Director, Intrapreneurship International & Global Young Asian Entrepreneurs

Founder and Director of enterprises specialising in social media, technology change (VR, AR, Blockchain, AI, Fintech), business development and executive leadership and coaching. Director of Education in the non-profit Global Young Asian Entrepreneurs

Kerry Ritz

Non-Executive Director, Advisor to Boards, Startups, Scaleups

Kerry has a broad range of international experience with both start-ups and corporates. Before joining MassChallenge, he was Chief Marketing Officer of FTSE 250 Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, where he was responsible for marketing, sales, customer service, fulfilment, marketing technology, product management, and customer insight.


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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