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WWTW delivers first Hackathon in partnership with Sopra Steria

Sopra Steria, one of our key partners, is a European leader in consulting, digital services and software development. Walking With The Wounded’s partnership with Sopra Steria is multifaceted and we are privileged to enjoy their support in a number of different ways including a partnership launch that doubled as a fundraiser, participating and fundraising through our Cumbrian Challenge, and leading us through a ‘Hackathon’ in order to help us solve a challenge that WWTW hasn’t had the resource or capacity to solve.

The Hackathon, which consists of two teams made up of SopraSteria colleagues from different departments, have been tasked with the job of coming up with some innovative solutions for a fundraising and finance problem. Currently, WWTW uses up to 17 platforms to manage fundraising campaigns, which results in a lot of data and spreadsheets. After some exploratory meetings, a plan was put in place across both organisations to work out a plan of attack, who would be involved, duration, and outcomes.

The initial plan was to run it over one week, however, it soon became clear that coordinating people’s diaries was going to be the most difficult part. It was decided that the Hackathon would be run across a month, with regular weekly check-ins, an open channel of communication through Teams, and processes for live demonstrations and documentation. A finale is scheduled for the end of November, whereby both teams will present their ideas and potential solutions to a panel of senior staff members from both Sopra Steria and WWTW.

The Hackathon is currently in its second week and the Sopra Steria teams are starting to get some good traction with the challenge statement, coming up with lots of questions for WWTW and starting to pull together their ideas on virtual whiteboards. We’re looking forward to seeing all of the innovative ideas come together, and are so grateful for the hard work and dedication Sopra Steria are giving to the Hackathon!