CEMEX holds its first ever Hackathon in the UK

20th February 2018: “Incredible passion and engagement, a powerful instrument to generate great ideas”, some of the thoughts from CEMEX UK’s Country President, Michel Andre on the first ever Hackathon organised by CEMEX. Held in Cambridge, UK it involved 66 CEMEX employees from all over its European operations and 33 university students and professors from highly regarded universities, who came together for two days.

Their task was to create a model to help the company innovate and mobilise its employees as part of the company’s digital transformation, with the result that innovation becomes part of the company’s DNA. With total prize money of £6000, the winning team received £3000 and the possibility to participate in the incubation of their ideas in co-ordination with CEMEX.

The two full days were facilitated by Professor Christopher Tucci, Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Federate de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland and involved a presentation by Michel Andre on the background to the company and this project, an introduction to innovation and design thinking methodology, talking to and interviewing the CEMEX employees, brainstorming and finally, pitching the teams’ ideas to a panel of judges.

Dr Leon Williams, Director of Centre for Competitive Creative Design, Cranfield University and Academic Thought Leader comments “This is a great example of how organisations can come together, share thoughts and create cutting edge ideas, hopefully to mobilise the organisation to a new future.”


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For further CEMEX details contact Elizabeth Young; email: Elizabeth.young@cemex.com t: (+44) 01932 583214.

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  • About CEMEX: CEMEX is a global manufacturer of building materials and the biggest Mexican investor in the UK, with 3,000 people employed across 450 sites nationwide. In this country, we are a leading provider of aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and rail sleepers with annual sales of around £1 billion.
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