Champion ChangeMakers Social Innovators Hackathon weekend to take place in Kells Tech Hub from Friday 23rd September at 3.00pm through to Sunday 25th September

Champion ChangeMakers ‘Social Innovators Hackathon’ to take place in Kells Tech Hub

Meath Enterprise has joined forces with the Community Enterprise Association of Ireland (CEAI) to develop a nationwide hackathon event, Champion Changemakers, which will take place from 23-25 September in Kells Tech Hub.

Champion ChangeMakers ‘Social Innovators Hackathon’ to take place in Kells Tech Hub

The hackathon will bring local communities together to solve real-world, everyday societal or economic challenges in ways that will positively impact our ever-changing world. Individuals, community organisations, networks or special interest groups are all encouraged to take part.

The weekends will take a ‘Dragons Den’ type approach to community-driven social innovation solutions building – solving community challenges by engaging community groups to create solutions with the support and guidance of mentors and facilitators over that weekend.

Winning teams will be selected under three different categories

  1. Economic Inequality
  2. Environment and Climate Action
  3. Human Wellbeing

Ideas will be shortlisted to participate in a national Pitch Fest in October at Innovate Communities Social Innovation Hub, Dublin 11. The outright winner will benefit from a prize bursary of supports with an estimated value of €10,000 to set them on their founder journey towards the establishment of a sustainable, successful and impact-driven social enterprise.

You don’t need an idea to come along, just the passion to make a change and we will help you do the rest. The event will will be officially opened by Minister Helen McEntee at 5.00pm on Friday 23rd September in Kells Tech Hub (see event times below). The weekend will be a great opportunity to get focused time on your idea, get expert advice from mentors and peers, and attend workshops on Design Thinking 101 – Prototyping and Pitching.

Click Here To Register for Champion ChangeMakers ‘Social Innovators Hackathon’ to take place in Kells Tech Hub


The hackathon / event schedule is as follows;


Friday 23rd Sept 

5.00-5:30pm Registration & Official Opening by Minister Helen McEntee TD

Refreshments available upon arrival.

5.30-6:00pm Problem/Opportunity Pitch 

6:00-7:00pm Problem/Opportunity Research

7.00-7:30pm Close


Saturday 24th Sept 

9;00-11:00am Ideation & basic prototypes

11:00-11:15am Break time

11:15-12:15pm Feedback 

12:15-1:15pm Consolidation

1:15pm-2:00pm Lunch time

2:00-3:00pm Draft MVP and Business Model Canvas

3:00-4:00pm Mentor Feedback on MVP and BMC


Sunday 25th Sept

9:00am Hub opens in Kells

10:00-11:00am Create your Ad 

11:00-11:15am Break time

11:15-12:00pm Create your Ad

12.00-1.00pm Gallery Walk / Judging

Special Guest Judges include;

Gavin Duffy – Dragons Den Investor / Entrepreneur

John Cunningham – Entrepreneur

1:00-1:30pm Lunch time

1:30- 2:00pm 12 winners announced

2:00pm Closure

Further details to follow….