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Allia’s Social Innovation Hackathon – building a better Cambridge

Join us for a social innovation hackathon focused on building a better Cambridge.

  • 9th June 2023 - 10th June 2023
  • 9:15 am

Day 1: Friday 9th June, 9.15am – 5pm

Day 2: Saturday 10th June, 9.15am – 3pm

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a fast-paced and collaborative event that brings together individuals with diverse skill sets and backgrounds to work together on developing new ideas, products, or solutions to a specific problem or challenge.

Allia Hackathon: Tackling poverty and inequality in Cambridge

This hackathon will challenge you to come up with innovative and creative solutions that align with our theme of tackling poverty and inequality in Cambridge.

Throughout the 2 days you will work in teams and use your collective skills, creativity, and knowledge to generate and test your ideas, supported by mentors and experts’ speakers.

At the end of the 2-day event, you and your team (come with friends or come make new ones) will have created a pitch for a prototype solution to solving poverty and inequality in Cambridge. You will pitch this idea to a panel of judges to win a top prize of £500 to spend towards building your solution/business. Second prize of £250 for the peoples’ choice award!

Don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate with other innovators, learn new skills, and create solutions that make a difference in your community. Register now to secure your spot at the Social Innovation Hackathon – building a better Cambridge!

Who is the event for?

If you are interested in starting your own social enterprise, charity or impact organisation in Cambridge, or just passionate about making a positive impact in your community – this event is the perfect opportunity for you to collaborate with others, learn new skills, and create solutions that can make a real difference.

Don’t worry about coming with an idea or even having teammates. You are welcome to join us as an individual as teams will be formed over the course of the hackathon.

We also welcome established social enterprises and charities to attend to gather inspiration, explore new or existing ideas for the business, or to just learn/seek advice from our expert team.

What is a Social Enterprise? – a business that is driven by a social or environmental mission and reinvests its profits into creating positive social change.

More information

We’ll provide a light breakfast on both days, lunch on both days, and drinks on Friday night.

Please note photographs/videos will be taken at this event. If you would not like to be photographed/videoed, please inform a member of the Allia team.

This event will be followed by our Start Your Business: social enterprise programme, for people who are interesting in exploring concepts and ideas further – these ideas may be created at this event, be other ideas you want to explore, or for people who do not yet have an idea but are interested in starting up their own social enterprise/charity/impact organisation. This programme will launch in June and we will provide more information throughout the hackathon event.

For more information, please contact hello@alliaimpact.co.uk

This event is part of Allia’s work supporting social enterprise in Cambridge, partly funded by a Cambridge City Council community grant.

Thank you to Barr Ellison for sponsoring this event.

About Allia

Allia is a social enterprise that has been active in social and environmental issues and supporting impact ventures for many years. We pledge to help as many small businesses as we can to make substantial changes to their working practices and systems, through advice delivered by programmes and workshops, as well as within our own Future Business Centres.

About Barr Ellison

Barr Ellison are a Cambridge law firm serving East Anglia, we have been trusted legal advisers to successful people, families and businesses since 1874.


A firm of solicitors based at the heart of Cambridge, we promote our clients’ interests throughout East Anglia. Going beyond great service, we identify opportunities and empower our clients to take advantage of them.

About Cambridge City Council Grants

There are various grants to voluntary and community organisations available from Cambridge City Council

The council’s Community Grant Fund supports local voluntary and community groups. It is aimed at helping fund projects which tackle social and/or economic inequality among Cambridge residents with the greatest need of support.


  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Restaurant
  • WI-FI

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

One of Cambridge’s most beloved community events is the Mill Road Winter Fair, which takes place annually on the first Saturday in December. Offering stalls, entertainment and a parade, it’s been running since 2005 and attracts around 15,000 people a year.