20-21 May




20 teams, aged 12-19


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ABOUT #AcornHackAI

Acorn Aspirations in partnership with London Technology Week, Lean Startup Summit and Tech London Advocates is running a 2-day hackathon/start-up style event where young people aged 12-19 will collaborate with mentors from London’s TechCity community to develop tech start-ups and artificial intelligence solutions that tackle social problems in their local communities and worldwide.

#AcornHackAI will unlock young people’s entrepreneurial potential by inspiring them to get creative with coding and machine intelligence technology, as well as attend masterclass workshops in digital marketing, branding, APIs, lean UX and Business Model Canvas.

The purpose of this event is to equip young people with the tools that will enable them to become change-makers and entrepreneurs of their own lives.

Why Artificial Intelligence Hackathon for Teens?

Why not? Technology is disrupting lives at every aspect of our society.

At Acorn Aspirations we believe teenagers should be part of this technological transformation and have an opportunity to create technology alongside the most innovative minds and tech creators. Having piloted a new and disruptive method of education, we are convinced that young people learn best when they are equipped with the right tools and environment that nurture their creativity.

We design learning experiences that nurture entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in young people. We teach them the way schools cannot. We develop future leaders – leaders that will be making tomorrow’s world a better place. We prepare young people for the jobs that do not yet exist. Young people that learn through our programmes WILL BE the ones to create those jobs.

Join us. Learn with us. Reinvent education with us!

Hackathon Judges

Tabitha Goldstaub

Founder, CognitionX

Tabitha is a serial entrepreneur and founder of CognitionX - ‘A Search Engine for All Things A.I.’. CognitionX is a free and efficient way for organisations to self-educate and make better decisions about deploying A.I. in their business.

William Tunstall-Pedoe

Inventor, Amazon Alexa

William is an artificial intelligence entrepreneur; senior member of the team that defined, built and launched Amazon Echo and Alexa. 6 years experience as a chief executive; 30+ years'​ of high-tech business experience; 30+ years' of commercial software development experience. Track record of solving previously-unsolved problems in Artificial Intelligence.Exceptional

Matt Celuszak

Co-founder, CrowdEmotion

Entrepreneur and speaker, Matt is a Co-founder of CrowdEmotion and serves as its CEO & Chairman. CrowdEmotion is an award winning, cloud-based software that sits at the intersection of people and technology. It connects emotional data from smart devices to user behaviour developing a measurable link between emotions and choice. In

Kerry Ritz

Non-Executive Director, Advisor to Boards, Startups, Scaleups

Kerry has a broad range of international experience with both start-ups and corporates. Before joining MassChallenge, he was Chief Marketing Officer of FTSE 250 Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, where he was responsible for marketing, sales, customer service, fulfilment, marketing technology, product management, and customer insight.


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We do not provide laptops, so please bring your own.
YES! We will provide lunch 🙂
Acorn Aspirations is a social impact company, which aims to inspire young people aged 11-19 into the world of technology and entrepreneurship. We are on a mission to bridge the digital skills gap and nurture the next generation of digital talent to fill the jobs required by the tech industry.  
Always a cool place! We have held our hacks at Google, NewsUK, ThoughtWorks, Runway East and other cool techy places. We are still waiting for confirmation and will announce soon - stay tuned 😉
You will learn how to turn your ideas into a basic working version. Things you'll learn:
  • How to decide which of your ideas are worth working on
  • How to decide what features the user needs to get them from A to B
  • How to sketch your ideas
  • How to build your idea using rapid prototyping tools
  • How to pitch your idea
  • Basic coding skills & UX - HTML, CSS and Android studio
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Podcast: Emily Atkinson, Director of Girls In Tech; Cathy White, Director of GeekGirls Meetup; Elena Sinel, CEO of Acorn Aspirations, Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large of TechCrunch