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Co-op Hackathon 

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People sat around a table at the Co-op Hackathon

Building on the success and popularity of the 2023 Co‑op Hackathon, Co‑operatives UK will be staging another one on 8-9 May 2024 in Manchester. 

Save the date for the next Co-op Hackathon on 8-9 May in Manchester! This FREE two‑day event will see co‑operators join forces to collaboratively develop innovative digital solutions to support the UK co‑op movement and benefit society in general. 

It’s being delivered in partnership with The Co-operative Bank – and in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University’s Design Factory. 

People throughout the co-op movement will be invited to take part. They can bring an idea that they want to develop collaboratively or contribute their skills to a team.  

Promoting digital innovation in the co‑op movement is a major part of our strategy. We want to amplify and increase collaboration around tech – how we develop it, how we share it and how it empowers co‑ops across our movement.

More details and information on how to apply to take part this year will be announced soon. Sign up to the UnFound newsletter (below) to keep updated. 

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Building on the success of the Co-op Hackathon 2023

Last year’s Co-op Hackathon took place on 19-20 October in London. It brought tech co-operators together to collaboratively develop digital solutions for the UK co‑op movement and beyond. 

We received inspiring proposals for a wide range of innovative ideas. Below is a selection of the projects that were developed at the event – and you can see the full list in our 2023 news story here.

  • Oracle Owl – a self-hosted, open-source speaking AI system from Animorph Co-op that allows anyone to speak to an AI owl agent in real time. 
  • Community Energy Connect – a volunteering platform connecting skilled individuals to community energy groups, offering tangible action to tackle the climate crisis. 
  • Kandoroo – improving the user experience of the Kandoroo platform, which works to empower people in poverty to shop with dignity and respect. 
  • Air Register – developing an open-source version of this app, which is used by community benefit societies to manage their community shares registers. 
  • Signalise – improving and speeding up this platform, which connects deaf people, interpreters and healthcare providers to deliver sign language interpreting. 
  • Roost – a platform for helping groups find, buy and manage co-op homes, now wanting to develop apps designed for living together. 
  • LCR Civic Data Co-operative – developing a crowd-sourced system for the management of citizen generated data in the Liverpool city region. 
View photos from Co-op Hackathon 2023
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