Students compete to shape future of Hermes’ parcel distribution
Five teams from Leeds Beckett’s School of Computing, Creative Technology and Engineering and Leeds Business School will compete at the Hermes Hackathon tomorrow to find an innovative way to solve a business problem or enhance an aspect of e-commerce.
As well as battling against each other, the teams will also compete against a team from the Hermes Innovation Lab to create an innovative app, web application or digital assistant.
Debbie Adams, Head of Employer Engagement at Leeds Beckett whose team organised the Hackathon said: “We are delighted to host Hermes on campus for the second year running with this fantastic opportunity for our students to learn about real business problems and work in a team to create innovative solutions.
“The teams are cross-disciplinary so students from the School of Computing & Creative Tech will be working alongside peers from the Business School giving them the benefit of learning from each other.
“Those students participating in events such as the hackathon will have great evidence on their CV and in interviews to demonstrate their employability skills such as team work, problem solving and communication.
“Last year, three students went on to secure summer internships with Hermes as a direct result of taking part in the hackathon.”
At the end of the day students will put forward their concepts to a judging panel including Paul Doney, Head of Subject for Computer Sciences and Engineering at the university, Chris Ashworth, Chief Information Officer for Hermes, and Head of Distribution at Missguided Karl Harwood.