Hack for a Better World
Dec 26, 9:30AM to Dec 30 , 5:30PM GMT

About this Event

Software has been driving good since the first computer. It has empowered legions to get on their own two feet regardless of their circumstances. 

Although corporate attitudes are changing regarding ESG—environmental, social, and corporate governance—we believe that software will be the true answer to ensuring that Big Corps truly come to the party on the big issues of sustainability, diversity, and social. 

At the Hack for a Better World event, we will be hosting several presentations about the role that software can take in dealing with systemic issues that corporations have previously failed to tackle. 

There will also be a main hacking project that all attendees can participate in while listening to talks!

Who should attend:

The program is particularly suited for:

  • Hackers and coders
  • Gaming enthusiasts
  • Internet companies
  • Software companies
  • D&I professionals
  • Investment firms
  • Anyone interested in D&I and ESG

What are the benefits:

  • Know why ESG must be driven from the top up and not the top down—proper coding projects are the solution to this. 
  • Understand the corporate ramifications of not investing in ESG.
  • Have a great time coding an awesome ESG project with top-level hackers from all over the world!
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Dec 26 9:30AM–5:30PM GMT · Stage
Hack for a Better World
The primary stage for the event.
Dec 26 9:30AM–10:30AM GMT · Session
ESG—what is it and what is software’s role in implementing it?
A simple definition of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance that anyone can understand. And a transparent look at how software can be used to help implement it.
Dec 26 12:30PM–1:30PM GMT · Session
Software’s impact on the environment, both good and bad
The ecosystem of software has empowered many while also adding to the world’s overall carbon footprint. What’s the solution?
Dec 27 9:30AM–11:00AM GMT · Session
An environmental lesson from bitcoin
Bitcoin is the poster child for how new tech can open the door to so many opportunities while, at the same, destroying the environment ruthlessly. But Bitcoin opened the door to other, far more sustainable tokens. Was it good to release Bitcoin in 2009 or should the creator(s) have waited until more sustainable solutions existed?
Dec 27 9:30AM–1:00PM GMT · Session
Should companies take a stand on social issues? Can they afford not to?
BLM was the crucible from which companies either rose or went down in flames. Does a corporation take a stand on social issues or sit back and let them play out?
Dec 28 9:30AM–11:00AM GMT · Session
How the right software can reduce corporate governance failures
An interesting take on how the management-level problem of ESG can be greatly solved by the corporation’s underlying software.
Dec 28 1:30PM–3:00PM GMT · Session
Big investment firms want corporations to tackle ESG
Investing in ESG is no longer a choice. Large investment firms now insist on it or they threaten to take their shares out of the company.
Dec 29 9:30AM–11:30AM GMT · Session
Carbon-negative—what will it really take?
Many large companies have set a target to be carbon-negative by 2030. What does it really take to become carbon negative?
Dec 29 1:30PM–3:30PM GMT · Session
How open-source brought the world together on an even playing field
The open-source community is the paragon of diversity. Members are judged solely on their coding merits, and the community is one of the strongest on the internet. Opinions often differ, but respect is always high. How can this be emulated in companies?
Dec 30 9:30AM–11:00AM GMT · Session
Panel discussion: What can we learn from the open-source community?
A follow-on from the previous session, this panel discussion brings in experts from different fields to weigh in, and will allow for some questions from the audience.
Dec 30 1:30PM–4:00PM GMT · Session
We open the floor to questions from attendees.
Rebecca Colbert
Cyber Security Assurance , Cyber Security Risk - Lead
Elizabeth Kast
Senior Cyber Security Analyst
Piero Curotto
Operational Technology Cyber Security Lead
Arturo Pina
Senior Cyber Security Manager
Christina Acosta
Business Information Security Officer – Cyber Security Technology
John Knight
Lead Security Architect & Lecturer
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