Do you want to hack behaviour change?
Hackathons are no longer reserved for the tech sector. Businesses are utilising the same idea to break down organisational inertia and instill a more innovation-driven culture. WISE is employing the same principle to enable youth to become active contributors to society while at the same time, advancing and providing effective behaviour change solutions to the social and environmental needs in Singapore; Welcome to our first Behaviour Change Hackathon!
Over six Saturdays from 22 June to 3 August 2019, six teams of five youths (aged 15 to 35 years old) will each design behaviour change solutions to address a social or environmental need that has been identified by a project partner in Singapore. The projects selected aim to change behaviour to improve social or environmental outcomes. The problem statements cover:
- Shifting negative perceptions of aging (with Bold at Work)
- The treatment of foreign domestic workers (with Home: Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics)
- Healthy eating among children of low-income households (with Halo Health Asia)
- Proper waste disposal at events (by Green Nudge [links to Facebook])
- BYO (‘bring your own’) habits (with ERTH & CO)
- Co-existence with wildlife (with ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society)
Over five sessions, participants will attend lessons on basic behaviour change theories and tools, and subsequently complete tasks that will enable their group to design a behaviour change solution to their assigned problem statement. The projects may leverage on existing initiatives or develop new initiatives. The hackathon will culminate in a pitching showcase, and winning teams will receive mentoring and fundraising support to implement their project with their partner organisation.
By the end of the hackathon, the youth participants will be equipped with the knowledge to apply practical behaviour change theories and tools to address real social and environment needs, and will be able to apply these skills to other community involvement projects. If you are a zealous advocate of any of the above causes, or have interest in learning behaviour change tools to engage in the social and environmental sector, you can sign up to be a participant of the hackathon here! Applications will close on 15 May.
The six-week Behaviour Change Hackathon is an expansion of the one-day introductory Designing for Behaviour Change public workshop [links to Facebook] that WISE ran from October 2018 to March 2019. This hackathon is organised as part of YOUTHX, an initiative by the National Youth Council celebrating youth aspirations and contributions to society in the youth month of July.
✍ Celeste Teo