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With our social impact hackathon, #Hack4Homelessness scheduled for 15-17 September 2017, we thought we’d go behind the scenes to talk with our partners and sponsors. To kick off we spoke with Stephen Rutter, the Head of Experience with Sydney School for Entrepreneurship.

With more than 20 years in global business environments covering logistics, entertainment and education management under his belt, we wanted to understand what motivated him to become involved in our Hack4Homelessness hackathon next month.

“SSE is an unprecedented new partnership – with 11 NSW based universities and TAFE NSW”, explains Stephen. “This is our launch year thanks to cornerstone investment by the NSW Government.

Stephen is committed to cultivating and expanding the SSE community and noted the importance of “providing the voiceless a voice. Sydney School of Entrepreneurship is committed to building a community that not only serves the member institutions but our entrepreneurial partners for a wider social impact”.

The aim is reduce the amount of people in a state of homelessness and provide intervention methods to reduce people being forced onto the streets. Stephen believes we can make this difference by having the homeless ‘as a part of the community and looking at their needs as we would other stakeholders’.

Stephen is looking forward to action coming out of the hackathon with ‘new ideas that can be translated into solutions to solve homelessness’. With SSE having just launched as part of the entrepreneurial community we are excited to see them tackle many more social impact opportunities like #Hack4Homelessness in the future.

Vibewire’s #Hack4Homelessness brings Australia’s leading technology, engineering and social impact students, social entrepreneurs and startups together to tackle the challenge of homelessness. Running from 15-17 September 2017, you can register as a participant here.

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