IMPACT CHALLENGE 2017

Friday, November 24 - 26, 2017

SOLD OUT
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DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS IDEA THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO BY DISRUPTING THE EXISTING ECONOMIC MODELS?

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BUILDING NEW WAYS OF COLLABORATING, SHARING ASSETS AND BOOST COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE?

OR DO YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE AND HELP OTHER ENTREPRENEURS TO DEVELOP NEW SOLUTIONS LINKED TO CIRCULAR AND SHARING ECONOMY?


Here is your opportunity to transform your thoughts into action!

IMPACT CHALLENGE IS A 1 WEEKEND EVENT CO-CREATED BY SHARIFY, USTART AND ERASMUSHOGESCHOOL BRUSSEL TO DESIGN AND PROTOTYPE

BUSINESSES FOR THE FUTURE.

When: From Friday Nov 24th, 6:00 pm till Sunday Nov 26th, 8:00 pm (nights not included!)

Where: Silversquare Louise, Avenue Louise 523, 1000 Brussels

Fee: 25 EUR (all drinks and food included)

Will you also be part of this new revolution?

How it works

Together with an awesome group of people, you will work during the entire weekend on the development of disruptive and sustainable businesses that leverage circular economy to improve our lifestyle. At the Impact Challenge, you will unleash your entrepreneurial energy to come up with innovative businesses that have the potential to transform our society.

You will also:

  • Pitch your idea (only if you want to - it's an open stage format)
  • Find folks with the appropriate skills, passion and dedication, able to assist you in turning your genius idea in a viable product or service
  • Receive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals
  • Present your business model to a panel of expert judges and win prizes that will help you take your venture to the next level
  • Challenge yourself and learn new skills
  • Test the limits of sleeplessness

Thematic

The thematic of our hackathon is what we like to call « the sharing transition ». We define it as the capacity of people and organizations to enable the sharing of data, resources and profit in order to become more collaborative, circular and cooperative. Today, new technologies enable people to easier disrupt traditional business models and entrepreneurs are taking benefit of it to create great startups that have an impact on the society. Be one of them !

IMPORTANT

Participants may not come with an existing business solution or a working prototype. It's only a change-making idea that needs a team to be brought to life! If you already have a concept to pitch, get excited! If not, don't worry we have plenty for you and we'll share them at the right time!


ARE YOU IN?
DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER!


Register today and join Belgium’s most diverse talented crowd of developers, designers, innovators, marketers, students and other professionals, all passionate about today’s sharing revolution.

REGISTER NOW
FEE €25 - ALL FOOD & DRINKS INCLUDED

Full Program

Friday 24/11
17:30
Doors open & registration
Enter via the main entrance (2nd floor) & get your Welcome Pack!
18:00
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders
19:00
Start Pitching
Share your business idea with the crowd in 1 minute
20:00
Dinner and Votes
Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants and vote for the top pitches
21:00
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas
21:30
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Go through the “Discovery” and “Design” phase of your idea. Be sure to be aligned on the solution you want to prototype the next day
02:00
Check-out
Teams are allowed to stay and work until 2:00 AM. After that, we will force you to get a rest 🙂
Saturday 25/11
09:00
Breakfast
Doors open, breakfast & coffee
09:30
Begin Work
Start prototyping and defining core inputs of your Business Model Canvas. Coaches will pass along between 9:30 AM and 12:30 AM to guide you and challenge your ideas
12:30
Lunch
13:30
Start working again
Test your idea. Continue to develop your prototype and BMC. Other coaches will be available between 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM
14:30
Get out of the building
Test your idea by getting out of the building and receive first customers’ insights
19:00
Dinner
20:00
Back to work
You may stay and work until 2:00 AM
02:00
Check-out
Teams are allowed to stay and work until 2:00 AM. After that, we will force you to get a rest!
Sunday 26/11
09:00
Breakfast
09:30
Begin Work
Some more hard work!
12:30
Lunch
13:30
Working, yet again
15:00
Technical Rehearsal
Each team can rehearse his presentation in front of a small jury and get feedbacks and tips to improve
16:30
Stop Working
Hand in your final presentation and enjoy a well deserved appetizer
17:30
TIME TO PITCH
You have 10 minutes to show your work and convince the jury members!
19:00
Speaker + deliberation
Listen to an inspirational speech and relax while judges are deliberating
20:00
Judging & Awards
20:30
Reception
Walking Dinner & Networking
22:00
Check-out
Go home, exhausted but inspired, ready to launch your startup!
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REWARDS

We are grateful to all our partners offering amazing rewards to the winning teams. Check them out!

PARTNERS

This event would not have been possible without the support of our private and public partners.

--- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ---

WHAT DOES THE ENTRANCE FEE INCLUDE ?
The entrance fee is 25 euros. Eventbrite takes an additional commission fee of 1,96 euros.
The entrance fee includes access to the co-working space for you and your future team, access to all needed working material, food and beverages all along the weekend. Please note it does NOT include accomodation or transport!
WHAT LANGUAGE WILL BE USED DURING THE EVENT ?
As you could already notice, the main language used during the weekend will be english in order to ensure a proper understanding of all international and national profiles. However, feel free to pitch your idea in french or dutch, if you feel more comfortable in doing so. In the same spirit, each team can choose to work in english, french or dutch during the weekend, according to the team members’ preferences.
CAN I LEAVE DURING THE WEEKEND ?
No. Everyone who attends the event is expected to participateall three days, from Friday 24/11, 6pm until Sunday 26/11, 9pm (nights are NOT included!). This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the weekend but also to minimize distractions and disruptions for working teams.
IS IT MANDATORY TO REGISTER BY CHOOSING ONE OF THE PROFILE TYPES (EXPERTISES) ?
Yes. It is mandatory to choose one of the available profiles so we can ensure the right mix of talents and know-how during the event. However, it is not because you registered as a web developer that you will work on the technical prototype during the entire weekend. It’s just an indication about your knowledge and background, but each team will decide on its own working methodology regarding task distribution and you are responsible to share your interests with all members of your team from day 1, so you can all be aligned.
WHERE CAN I FIND A SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT ?
The entire schedule of the weekend is available on https://sharify.be/impact-challenge/
DO I HAVE TO PITCH AN IDEA TO ATTEND ?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.
CAN I PITCH MORE THAN ONE IDEA ?
No. Unless we really have plenty of time left on Friday evening (which should not happen), you may only pitch one idea. So please sure to prioritze and pick your best idea (and the one you have more prepared for).
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY IDEA IS NOT SELECTED ?
If your idea isn’t selected by the crowd on Friday night, you will have to join another project for the weekend. In order to avoid disappointment and give you the chance to test various ideas before the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to share all your ideas online and test the enthusiasm of the crowd before pitching them officially. Further detailed information will be sent to you 2 weeks before the event.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE WEEKEND ?
• Your laptop and charger (please send us an email before in case you don’t have a laptop!)
• Your favourite working material (paper, notebook, pen,..)
• Lots of creative energy!
WILL MY IDEA BE PROTECTED BY ANY IP DOCUMENT ?
No. There is no formal protection for IP by the organizers at the Impact Challenge. It is a public event, so the pitches will be shared with all participants and you will be working in an open space with collaborators and mentors. Remember that most ideas have already been thought of somewhere in the world and it is those entrepreneurs that can execute well that will succeed. The focus of the weekend is on executing and validating a business idea, not so much on the invention or discovery of a new one.
If in the end, you are really worried, then just don’t pitch the idea. Bring along a different idea or join another team and learn through collaborating on their idea. You will learn about the startup process either way that you can then apply to your original idea later.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED DELIVERABLES DURING THE WEEKEND ?
At the end of the weekend, we expect from each team to deliver 3 main things:
• A good presentation and pitch
• a working prototype (which can have different forms, depending on your solution)
• a business model canvas completed
You will have 5 minutes to pitch your start-up and 5 minutes to answer the questions of the jury members. They will judge your project based on 4 criteria: the business viability, the technical feasibility, the user desirability and of course, considering our thematic, the potential impact on society.
ARE THERE SOME REWARDS FOR THE WINNING TEAMS ?
YES, there are ! We are very proud to collaborate with more than 20 partners that are offering amazing rewards to the winnning teams of the IMPACT CHALLENGE. Teams will get the opportunity to select the rewards that are most relevant for them, according to their project needs, team capabilities, etc. Our objective is to provide you with all the support you need to continue your entrepreneurial journey and go on with the development of your business idea after the weekend.
WHAT'S THE REFUND POLICY ?
No refund is foreseen in case you are cancelling your participation. However, send us an email to hello@sharify.be and we’ll try to help!
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE ORGANIZER WITH ANY QUESTIONS ?
You can always reach us for any other question via hello@sharify.be and we will reply within 24 hours. You can also send us your questions on the Facebook Page of the Event: “Impact Challenge 2017”. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

CONTACT

Any question?
Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Mail: hello@sharify.be