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Kingston University are hosting not one, but TWO hackathons this November! Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to work with universities across the globe!

Social Storm


Social Storm returns 17-18 November tackling global problems through collaborative innovation

Social Storm is back again on 17-18 November! Our 24-hour social innovation hackathon, will bring together 200 students, from over 15 universities, spanning 5 countries, to collaborate to find innovative solutions to global problems.

We’re looking for people who believe they can make a difference to society, from any background or degree discipline. You will be challenged to work in multinational and multi-location teams, overcoming cultural and language barriers to build an effective team; to create, validate, and pitch a solution.

Social Storm 2017 will be tackling two UN Sustainable Development Goals; Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable & Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

If you are passionate about finding solutions to these pressing social issues, find out more at our website.

Interested? Please contact Devaki Amin ( to sign up, and follow the link to book your free ticket!




Join an International Hackathon – 24th – 26th November

How would you like to extend your network, respond to a global challenge working internationally with people you’ve never met before and submit a pitch for an innovative idea?  Here’s your chance with IN2IT.

This November you can join an international, online Hackathon bringing together students from Israel, France, Poland and the UK, co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. I2IT will give you the opportunity to join a virtual, international team, and work together to develop an idea for a product or service. The challenge will focus on a topic of global interest: Cities of the Future.

The top performers from KU will travel to a conference in Milan, Italy next spring in order to share their experiences.

As a participant you’ll receive an online pack to review two weeks prior to the 36hour hackathon taking place on the 24th-26th November.

Students from all disciplines, of all ages and all backgrounds are welcome!

Interested? Please contact Devaki Amin ( to sign up and follow the link to book your free ticket! 

DEADLINE: Thursday 9 November 12pm


Still unsure of which one to choose?





Friday 17th– Saturday 18th


Friday 24th – Sunday 26th



Kingston Hill campus

Work from home


24 Hours

36 Hours


Cities, Climate change and resilience

Cities of the Future

UN Sustainable Development Goals covered

11 and 13




Yes – 4 hours of materials given two weeks in advance




October 9, 2014

PrintThe fashion industry, like all creative industries, is hugely competitive. Universities and colleges are packed with young designers aspiring to create their own brand and sell their designs. However, many students fail to realise that business knowledge is key to success in creative industries; you may have interesting and innovative designs, but if you don’t know how your industry works, you may struggle to realise your dreams.

But fear not, we’ve got four basic steps, including advice from industry professionals, which will help you prepare for success.


Firstly, know your industry; what’s hot and what’s not? Make sure you have your finger on the pulse of fashion, so to speak! Once you’ve established what’s already been done, then you can assess whether or not your designs will stand out. Be inspired, but don’t be influenced! We all know that it’s tempting to follow trends, but Lauren Bowker, designer of The Unseen, urges, ‘don’t be swayed by others. Find fresh ideas and stay true to yourself.’

Lauren Bowker Designs

Lauren Bowker Designs, Press Images


Let’s face it, starting a business is exciting! It’s the chance to be your own boss and build your own path for the future. However, it’s important not to get carried away with all the fun stuff – designing websites, ordering stock – before you’ve got the foundations laid. When we interviewed Kaya Cheyanne Cheshire, founder of Hello Alice, we asked her, in hindsight, what she would have done differently when starting her business: ‘I wouldn’t have rushed into it so quickly. I was so eager to get everything made as soon as possible, but I have my whole life ahead of me. If you want your business to succeed, you need to go through all the essentials first.’


Alongside patience is the ability to manage expectations, so start small and leave room to grow. Don’t worry if you’re not immediately on the catwalk or selling out in high-end department stores, first, focus on building a business that’s sustainable. You’ll need to know your business inside-out before you start corresponding with buyers and investors, so spend a year or two getting to know what works and what doesn’t.

Alice Horlick

Alice Horlick Press Images

According to Alice Horlick, founder or AEVHA London, the best way to know your business is to do everything yourself: ‘by doing your own styling, photography, editing, graphic design, pattern cutting etc. you are able to build a brand whilst retaining 100 per cent of your creative vision.’ Not only does this approach save cash, but it’ll leave you more prepared for when you decide to expand, as you’ll be better equipped to manage your staff.


Once you’ve laid the foundations for your business, you’ll need to spread the word! In our generation, one of the easiest and most effective ways to promote your brand is through social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the three King Pins, but there are plenty of other platforms that might be worth using! And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. Constructive criticism is a useful tool, and a business that listens to its customer is a successful business! Designer, Rosemary Goodenough, advises students to ‘ask the right people for advice and take their words on board.’

Rosemary Goodenough

Rosemary Goodenough Designs Press Images


So that’s our advice, but finally, here’s some advice from Anna Wintour, and if you don’t know who she is you should probably head straight back to step one: do your research! ‘How [designers] present themselves publicly is important. In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face; you have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.’

For more advice and support make sure to attend our Enterprise! Masterclasses, which will give you the basic skills you’ll need to start a business.