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The Cemex Hackathon

CEMEX Hackathon Logo - Full Color

On February 9th and 10th 2018, the Lean Analytics Association organized and facilitated the first CEMEX Hackathon featuring 100 participants: 67 CEMEX employees and 33 post-graduate students from 9 leading universities. This intense co-creation event was held at the Møller Centre in Cambridge, UK.

 

This hackathon welcomed anyone with passion for innovation as well as design thinkers to collaboratively crack a challenge that aimed to increase employee engagement, motivation and mobilization, thus developing a new innovative culture in CEMEX to enable the future Digital Era.

WHAT TO EXPECT? HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CEMEX HACKATHON

ACCELERATING INNOVATION! THE POWER OF A DIVERSE CROWD

In our experience, diversity always brings the richest innovation outputs. And the CEMEX Hackathon was no exception! We collaborated with 4 key teams to ensure a successful event:

 

1) The CEMEX team, who believed in this event, and together we created a common vision to solve their challenge. In their first Hackathon, this team had a dream and followed the LAA’s methodology to obtain the anticipated outcomes!

 

2) Graduate students from nine universities in the UK and Switzerland: University of Cambridge, Cranfield University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), ETH Zurich, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Imperial College London, University of Manchester, and University of East Anglia.

 

3) Facilitators are also key to being successful. In this Hackathon, we relied on Design Thinking experts from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Cranfield University, the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Cambridge and the Lean Analytics Association (LAA), who kept the energy high and the process flowing. Keeping the teams focused, engaging all participants to gradually provide out-of- the-box ideas, and helping them unleash their creativity with prototyping techniques in such a short time, through a sped-up failing and learning process, is not an easy task!

 

4) Visual Communication experts. We relied on the Starfish Taylor team, with whom we have an strategic partnership, to enable participating teams to bring ideas and prototypes to life, while ensuring engagement and connection with the audience by conveying the right story!

THE CEMEX HACKATHON IN NUMBERS

1
OVER 1300 IDEAS
2
26 PROTOTYPES
3
13 PITCHES
4
OVER 12,000
POST-IT NOTES
5
OVER 100
PARTICIPANTS
6
OVER 15
NATIONALITIES
7
9 UNIVERSITIES
8
OVER 2000 CUPS
OF COFFEE
9
OVER 600 CUPS
OF TEA
10
OVER 240 CANS
OF SOFT DRINKS

THE CEMEX HACKATHON GALLERY

A one or two-day hackathon may be what your organization needs to accelerate your innovation outcomes, motivate employees, attract new talent and find fresh ideas to solve the most complex challenges.

 

The Lean Analytics Association will work side by side with your team to envision, plan and execute hackathons. We work on themed hackathons and focus on solving specific problems or challenges, by attracting subject-matter experts to join as either participants or facilitators.

 

We have partnered with Star-Fish Taylor to enable teams to bring ideas and prototypes to life, while ensuring engagement and connection with the audience by conveying the right story!

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