Creativity means diversity: UEL host talent hackathon with Microsoft

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Creativity means diversity: UEL host talent hackathon with Microsoft

What will going to work look like in 50 years’ time? With the rise of AI, the only thing that’s certain is that today’s picture of the nine-to-five will be radically redrawn.

The University of East London is determined to prepare its students for this unpredictable new world. Last week, the university teamed up with Microsoft to host an innovative talent and diversity hackathon at RAD.

Teams of students, academics, employers, and others came together to explore solutions to bridging skills gaps, increasing workforce diversity, and helping east London thrive through the fourth industrial revolution. The winning ideas will be developed and presented at the Royal Docks Education and Enterprise Festival on 12 June.

Creativity is the superpower of the 4.0 economy and diversity is one pre-condition of this.

Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor and president of UEL

Professor Amanda Broderick, the vice-chancellor and president of UEL, explained why diversity is crucial, “Creativity is the superpower of the 4.0 economy and diversity is one pre-condition of this, yet we recognise that talent pipelines across industry sectors are not as diverse as they could or should be. The University of East London is taking the lead, together with future-thinking employers and the wider enterprise community to innovate and co-create meaningful solutions.”

Newham is one of the youngest and most ethnically diverse boroughs in the UK, meaning it is well-placed to drive innovation and be a hub for new ideas. The Royal Docks Education and Enterprise Festival will help to nurture, and it's open to everyone to attend. As well as the Microsoft hackathon final, visitors can peruse art exhibitions, attend robot workshops, scramble up a climbing wall, and sample pop-up bars and food vendors. Register here.