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Product Forge & Bright Purple Team Up for Climate Hackathon

David Paul

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The two organisations have partnered to host the event ahead of COP26 in November.

Recruiter Bright Purple and tech event firm Product Forge are joining forces to host a climate ‘hackathon’ ahead of COP26.

Products for the Planet is taking place from the 5th-7th November at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh, with teams set to have a blend of in-person and remote participants.

The two firms said the hybrid event will focus on “people power,” with teams tasked to “develop digital innovations” that educate, empower, and inspire the public to act against climate challenges.

Participants with a range of skills are encouraged to “play their part” at the event, forming teams with support from industry experts and mentors to develop real-world solutions to combat the climate crisis.

Ahead of the hackathon, a free webinar is being hosted on the 22nd of September as part of Climate Fringe Week to discuss the event in more detail.

Additionally, the webinar will focus discussion around whether local hackathons could be an ‘entryway’ to mobilise British communities to work together to tackle the myriad of climate challenges.

Commenting on the Hackathon, Allan Lloyds, director of Product Forge, said: “We believe hackathons can directly involve the public in the response to climate change, and we’re actually tasking our teams to develop solutions to further drive public engagement, whether by enabling consumers to make more informed decisions, or assessing whether organisations and governments are meeting their climate targets.”


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Co-organiser Abby Scott at Bright Purple added: “COP26 is set to be a pivotal time for the climate crisis, and COP themselves have expressed that public involvement, education and empowerment are central to the climate action process.

“Bright Purple wanted to find a way for our network to make their own impact at this time and as a business in the tech industry, what better way to do it than with a hackathon.

“We are delighted to be working with the experts at Product Forge to make this happen.”

Bright Purple and Product Forge announced that registrations are now open for the event, with student tickets available, as well as free tickets to the live-stream presentations.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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