Residents of Balbriggan will have a chance to solve challenges facing the town this Saturday

Residents of Balbriggan will have a chance to solve challenges facing the town at the Changing Face of Balbriggan Community Hackathon, which will be a free, day-long event, on Saturday, October 16 from 9am-6pm.

The Changing Face of Balbriggan Community Hackathon is a free, day-long event and will be held on Saturday, October 16 from 9am-6pm.

The hybrid event is open to everyone over the age of 18 in either the Bracken Court Hotel or on-line for those who cannot make it in person.

The hackathon will examine a number of challenges facing the town such as the question of how to make Balbriggan an investment destination, how to develop a thriving creative arts and culture sector and how to build a stronger, cohesive and vibrant community.

There is a competitive element to the event and winners, who will be announced just before 6pm on Saturday evening, will get an opportunity to further develop their ideas, including possible seed funding!

The event is being run by facilitators What The Hack in conjunction with the Smart Balbriggan project, an initiative of Fingal County Council, which was launched last year to explore how technology and innovation can improve the town

“A key focus of the Smart Balbriggan programme is to engage with local young people and the this week will see a similar event being run in the town’s secondary schools, where students will consider the challenges facing the area and try to develop solutions for them,” said Aoife Sheridan, Senior Executive Officer of the Economic, Enterprise, Tourism and Cultural Development Department, Fingal County Council.

“The hackathon is a great opportunity to bring together lots of people from different backgrounds to explore new, creative and smart solutions to local challenges in Balbriggan,” said Aishling Hyland, Fingal County Council’s Digital Strategy Manager and Smart Balbriggan Co-ordinator.

Those attending in person should bring a laptop if they can – participants need very basic digital skills, and event facilitators will be available to support them throughout the event.

Attendees can sign up as an individual or as a team. Individuals will be assigned to a team based on their interests.

Register here to take part or