DCU Hack4Change2021

March 12-19th

Student Social Innovation Hackathon

One week, 3 key themes, 600+ students, 80+ industry guests

Social challenges need innovative solutions, and engaged communities.


Gregor Toohey

ESB- CLIMATE Speaker 'The Green Energy Transition'

Rachael Hughes

Mental Health Speaker 'Mental Health and Self-Care'

Ejiro Ogbovoen

Mental Health Speaker 'Self Care to support Inspiration and Creativity''

Liz Leavy

ENT and INN Speaker 'Self Discovery and Team Development'

Colin Keogh

David Pollard

Sapian Innovation workshop

Peadar Donohoe

Bullying: What it is and simple ways to prevent it- Mental Health Speaker

Alba Mullen

Climate Fireside Chat- 'Trasion & Fast Fashion'

Conor Lynch

ENT and INN Speaker 'Hacking Careers'

Meghan Lattin

Mental Health Speaker 'Science of Kindness'

David Watters

Equality Fireside Chat 'Representations and how to set advocacy goals'

Daniel Kyne

OpinionX- ENT AND INN Speaker 'Customer Discovery (how to discover people's unmet needs)'

Jasmine Florentine

My journey as a mechanical design engineer, author, and illustrator.

Conor McQuillan

Mastercard: How To Communicate Ideas Effectively

Michelle Dolan

Irish Life & Health

Ronan O'Dalaigh


Mary O'Sullivan

Climate Speaker 'Sustainable Lifestyle''

Will Hogan

Cliamte Speaker 'Fast Fashion Dark Entrepreneurship'.

Liam Redmond

Equality Fireside Chat 'LGBTQ+ inclusion / creating equal opportunities / housing inequity '

Katie Mahon

Climater Speaker- 'Sustainability in an unsustainable industry (consumer electronics)'

Orla Farrell

Going Green for Paddys Day: EasyTreesie "Aiming to plant 1m trees in Ireland by 2023"

Peter Timlin

Climate Speaker 'Pure Clothing: Fighting Fast Fashion'

Riana Roche

Mastercard: Fight Like a Girl – Females in Tech

Sinead Griffin

"The Pillar of Sleep" Mental Health Speaker

Sarah Cunningham

Mastercard: From surviving to thriving: a closer look at the future of work.


Roisin Lyons

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Dublin City University

Caolan Ward

Student Manager, Dublin City University

Ciara Saunders

Student Manager, Dublin City University


Digital Learning Design Unit

About DCU Hack4Change

In 2020, we launched the first ever DCU Hack4Change with over 600 students working together to find solutions for some of society’s biggest challenges.

In 2021, we’re doing it virtually!

We will be using the platform GatherTown to focus on three extremely important themes:

  • Climate – including sustainability, fast fashion, smarter travel and more.

  • Equality – diversity & inclusivity, wealth and housing inequity, global challenges, discrimination.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – including post-covid living, cyberbullying and more.

This event will be attended by over 600 students of the Learning Innovation for Enterprise or LIFE 1st year module, as well as over 80 industry guests acting as speakers, mentors and competition judges.

During the week, students will attend live talks from expert speakers, receive mentoring, and engage in both fun and formal activities. Teams will develop viable social enterprise ideas based on the themes above, and pitch their concepts to judges at the end of the week.