Shaping the Future hackathon announces its first speakers

Applications are still open for the NDPC’s and Russian Ministry of Culture’s co-organized Creative and Cultural Industries hackathon Shaping the Future which will be held in Saint Petersburg on November 13, 2019. If you would like to be one of the participants, then do not miss your chance to fill in the application to be chosen to be part of it. Application deadline is October 15, 2019, apply here:

The core topic of the hackathon is sustainability, focusing on ideas that help us meet the needs of the present without compromising our future. Sustainability is the key to shape a future we all want to live in and leave behind for the next generations. The participants will aim to build practical solutions that solve real issues through a creative approach, developing projects within the following three sectors: livable cities, circular economy and diversity.

The Shaping the Future hackathon is be open to participants passionate about making the world better through innovative problem-solving, who want to contribute towards shaping a more inclusive world. The hackathon is organized as the VI International Forum by the Russian Ministry of Culture jointly with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture.

The first speakers of the hackathon announced!

Mike Bradshaw has unparalleled experience in helping to build new ideas and he has coached hundreds of startups in Sampo Accelerator & Startup Sauna. In St.Petersbourg Mike will be joining us as a host of the event and product mentor.

He can often be found coaching early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the fundamentals of pitching ensuring that there are no bullet points on slides, microphones are used correctly, and that every team member can deliver an understandable short pitch. In his free time he is; a co-driver with the Travelling Salesman project, curator of Startup Digest for Helsinki, beer drinker, frequent visitor of sauna and the holder of a British passport.

The next mentor to join us is a master of all the pitch-masters Gleb Maltsev. He listens to around 900 speeches a year ranging from a 60-second pitch to a 45-minute keynote. He’s trained presenters for industry-wide pitching showcases such as Slush, Latitude59, TechChill and LOGIN. He’s the co-founder of Fundwise, a founder-to-investor pitching platform with a 70% success rate and raising over 2 mln EUR for over a dozen projects.

Every year he works with executives from almost every industry that would make the world a bit better, or at least have a shot at doing so. Around a 100 of those execs have gone on to pitch at trade fairs.