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How To Build a Stellar Tech Workforce in 2021

For any growing business, one of the hardest things is building a solid tech team that consists of the right people. You may think you have a great team at the moment but it only takes a few unsuitable hires or the development of few features which aren’t quite right to make things go south. Today, we have compiled for you some excellent tips on how to build a brilliant tech team for your business; one that will propel your company’s growth in the coming years.

Hire a CTO

Some startups outsource their technology at seed stage, but most investors would like to see an in-house CTO.

If you’re building a tech business, it’s important to have a tech culture from the start.

Involve Developers

One of the best decisions is to include engineers in decisions about what to build and how to build it from the start.

Understanding their needs and requirements will also help in establishing a well-rounded team.

Invest in Hiring Experienced Tech Leads

Hiring talent for a growing tech team is not easy, and the talent you do find needs to be motivated to stay, thrive and be promoted within the firm. If you hire good technical leaders, you will feel comfortable and confident giving autonomy.

A 2019 Benchmark Report: Hiring tech talent for CIOs and CTOs states it takes 50% longer to hire for a tech role than all other types of positions. If you would like to fast-track your recruitment efforts and take a new approach to hiring tech talent this year, you’ve landed on the right page.

TH.0 is organizing RecruitaTH.0n, a virtual recruitment hackathon in January. Our hackathons deliver greater insights to companies that are recruiting regarding the behavioral performance, cultural fitness, and practical skills of candidates in real-time, something that would not be possible in a traditional interview setting. 

Furthermore, the hackathon setup enables organisations to set certain expectations for the talent being examined while ascertaining whether their skills align with the job roles available by setting up their own challenges at the event.

For more information, book a slot and we will be happy to walk you through our process. 

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Smart Governments Trends To Look Out For in 2021

As governments adapt to unprecedented changes, they have the opportunity to help reshape the world by becoming more integrated and intuitive, according to a Deloitte report.

“Now more than ever, technology priorities must be established in the context of business trends such as digital equity, ethics and privacy, widening generational chasms and the need for institutional agility,” adding “policy is the technology and technology is the policy,” said Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner.

Here are the trends driving innovation and accelerating the move toward smart governments.

Augmenting government with AI

Governments are finally embracing cognitive technologies around the globe. How governments respond to AI as users and regulators will have a profound impact on how societies grow. Applications are currently being developed and deployed and technology is improving fast with private and government sectors adapting to novel ideas and new possibilities.

Preempting problems through predictive analytics

Predictive analytics will allow governments to identify problems before they occur.

This kind of an “anticipatory government” model will be extremely helpful in many areas such as safety, law enforcement, epidemics, etc.

 

Improving public service delivery via digital citizen initiatives

Mature digital authentication technologies are starting to gain momentum. Unique digital identifiers can open the door to integrated data and a more seamless citizen experience, enabling dramatic leaps in service quality, massive efficiency gains, and the move to a digital delivery model.

Managing the rise of data and associated ethics questions

In a world where we have a wealth of information, it can be used for good or ill. The question of data ethics will need to the attention of governments. Not only are they ‘owners’ of incredible amounts of data, they are also regulators of data for corporate use. Transparency, equity and privacy will need to guide government policies in this sphere.

Use your skill to bring change!

GovTech is worth our immediate attention. We challenge you to take full advantage of new capabilities provided to us by various existing technologies and create better systems for governments.

GovTech, organised by TH.0 will update and empower the UK voting process by using the latest technologies such as #Blockchain#BigData#AIThe Virtual Hackathon happening on the 12th of February is bringing together bright, and talented people from around the world to help hack the problem of running elections using the next #UK #election as a focal point.

We have limited spots left, sign up now: https://bit.ly/37FraVL

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How To Attract Quality Talent Through Hackathons

Companies around the world are turning to innovative ways of reimagining talent acquisition through hackathons. In addition to being an exceptional hiring tool, businesses are also leveraging hackathons to establish positive brand reinforcement and creating a strong employer brand.  

Organizations are using this creative setup to not only identify exceptional talent but also cement their position as more desirable work destinations at the same time.   

What a 10-round interview does is accomplished by a hackathon in three or four hours.  

In today’s competitive climate, companies are looking for competent and self-motivated employees even if it takes months to pull them out of the digital abyss. In such a scenario, a Hackathon works like magic in gathering people of such caliber under one roof. All employers need to do is to observe, network and decide if they are the right fit for their organization or not.  

Not only do they reduce hiring time drastically but also, organisations are able to recruit niche talent by attending industry-specific hackathons. 

Increasingly, hackathons are being used as an effective way to build brands. A hackathon is one of the few recruiting platforms where talent comes to the company through competitions rather than visiting applicants. 

During a regular recruitment cycle, it becomes difficult for hiring managers to assess a candidate’s ability to tackle real challenges and work under pressure with just a few questions. In a recruitment hackathon however, businesses get to see prospective employees in action, working among teams to accomplish a common goal within 48 hours. 

Why are hackathons so effective when it comes to finding talented employees? 

Hackathons are amazing when it comes to finding new employees. The best skill to have is working under pressure, collaborating within teams, completing projects in a given time and competing in a competitive environment; this way, not only are the participant skills checked, but companies can evaluate whether they have the ability to be a valuable part of their team or even lead the team in the future. 

Dedication is a key factor when you want to find a future employee, and you will easily find a lot of talent backing their dedication up. 

Many major companies closely monitor hackathons and offer internships, jobs and placements in their companies when they find a participant that’s worth keeping. 

If you’d like to create a strong employer brand and hire fresh talent – Become a part of the TH.0 RecruitaTH.0n to scout for new interns/employees or even set up your own challenge within the hackathon.

For more details, send us an email at Hello@thpoint0.io and we will get back to you promptly.

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National Volunteers’ Week Hackathon by TH.0

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Like every year, TH.0 is expressing their gratitude, but in a different way. We don’t just want to sit on the sidelines and appreciate while volunteers risk their lives on the forefront; we want to help them the best way we know how to – by providing tech-driven solutions for the causes they are fighting for.

Through the National Volunteers’ Week Hackathon, our focus is on supporting volunteers to take on coronavirus-related volunteering roles and most importantly, to help communities cope with the many consequences of coronavirus.

The theme for 2021 is ‘Time to Say Thanks’. We believe in actions, therefore as a way of saying thanks, we will be bringing together people from all backgrounds within the UK virtually to participate in a hackathon that creates viable solutions for possible future pandemics so we can mitigate risks to vulnerable individuals, prevent loss of life and be better prepared.

What is Volunteers’ Week?

Volunteers’ Week is a long-standing, popular event in the voluntary sector, established in 1984. 

It is supported and celebrated by grassroots organizations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of events across the UK.

Why Should You Join?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:

  • give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
  • make a difference to the lives of others
  • help the environment
  • help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • feel valued and part of a team
  • spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • gain confidence and self-esteem.
  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • a chance to socialise
  • getting to know the local community

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • developing existing skills and knowledge
  • enhancing a CV
  • improving one’s employment prospects
  • gaining an accreditation
  • using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)

How To Get Involved?

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to be part of the UK’s biggest annual celebration of volunteering, recognizing the contribution of over 20 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.

Registrations are currently open for the National Volunteers’ Week Hackathon. Show your appreciation by giving back to the community and making a difference with your skills and talent.

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Blockchain & AI Virtual Hackathon 2020 – An Incredible Journey of 48 Hours

We are very pleased to announce that TH.0 has successfully concluded the much-anticipated Blockchain & AI Virtual Hackathon. This was a global hackathon to leverage the use of emerging technology to accelerate innovation. The hackathon was aimed at finding tech-driven solutions to boost sectors that are the backbone of the UK’s economy such as Supply Chain, Education, Insurance and E-Commerce.

This incredible event was buzzing with energy as reflected by the fantastic turn out and participation of 225 members, 15 teams spread 18 time zones, 4 Keynote speakers, 10 Judges, 4 Recruitment Partners, 7 Corporate Partners and 1 Media Partner.

About The Hackathon

In this fully-virtual event, participants were challenged to imagine and design an innovative digital solution to help advance various industries in a post-Covid world.

What happened?

The online event gathered over 150 active participants including Developers, Engineers, Data Scientists, Designers, and many more. Teams were guided by experts in the fields of technology, entrepreneurship and the Blockchain and AI industry.

We were pleased to see the participants rise to the challenge with unmatched energy and a plethora of excellent ideas!

What Did We Learn?

It was truly a lesson in cross-border collaboration as we saw individuals at home and overseas come together to help create innovative solutions. After a rigorous 48 hours of working on projects, the participants presented their solutions at the grand finale where 3 winners were selected.

The winners were selected based on the creativeness of the solution, scope of implementation and how effectively it tackled the challenge in their chosen category. Here are the details of the winning teams:

The Winners Are:

1. Team Hash It Like You Mean It from the challenge Blockchain in Supply Chain

2. Team Chorograph from the challenge Blockchain in Supply Chain

3. Team Edu Nudge from the challenge AI in Education Equality

Congratulations to the winners! We look forward to seeing you advance your projects with the help of TH.0 and use this as an opportunity to further develop your solutions and implement them in your home countries.

It was gratifying to learn that everyone attending left with an accelerated understanding of the emerging trends in Blockchain & AI and did their part in increasing their use in important industries.

We would like to take this opportunity and thank all our media, corporate and recruitment partners as well as the mentors and judges. We wouldn’t have been able to organize this hackathon without their unwavering support.

As an organization, we are humbled to have been able to take this initiative and play our part in creating viable solutions that will impact businesses, communities and the economy.

Next Steps

We are now looking at how we and industry bodies can use solutions from the hackathon to implement the widespread use of Blockchain and AI in various sectors. We are also exploring collaboration opportunities with leading companies and institutes to pilot and scale the winning solutions.

There’s more: the applications for our next event – RecruitaTH.0n are open! If you are looking to upskill, network and find new career opportunities, click here to apply.

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How FinTech is Transforming Businesses in the UK

FinTech has transformed the way financial services operate on a daily basis. It has enabled a new ecosystem, laying the foundation for innovation and collaboration to emerge. From Chatbots to AI-enables analytics to Big Tech to APIs – the impact of FinTech is powerful and far-reaching.

 

What is FinTech? 

Financial technology (FinTech) refers to the growing intersection of technology and financial services. It is largely integrated in the business offerings of startups, tech companies and banks.

While London continues to be known as the FinTech center, regional centers, such as Manchester, Scotland and Wales are emerging as FinTech hotspots as well. 

How FinTech Is Changing Businesses

FinTech massively improves speed and accessibility for businesses and consumers across all industries. Businesses are able to utilize big data computing, mobile connectivity, and faster connections over the internet. They are able to boost their marketing efforts by having access to information that contains unparalleled business insights and real-time updates. 

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Moreover, businesses are now able to buy in to complex, feature-rich financial software suites and managed services that would have cost millions of dollars in setup fees for equipment, program licenses, and trained technicians a decade ago, not to mention a whole IT team to manage the solution.

What Does the Future of FinTech Look Like?

Find out at the FinTech 2021 – Virtual Hackathon on 9th-11th April 2021. This event will see industry experts, finance professionals, data scientists, project managers, designers, cloud experts, product engineers who will come together to create the future of Fintech. If you’d like to be a part of this experience, register today as spaces are limited.

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Why It’s Time to Move Toward Virtual Recruiting Strategies

As companies globally evolve into a post-lockdown era, it is mission-critical for them to embrace virtual recruitment strategies. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies were handling some aspects of their recruitment process virtually. However, the pandemic forced just about every business to shift its recruiting online.

As the economy begins to reopen, many businesses are interested in shifting a larger share of their recruiting remotely and assessing how to do so most effectively. We have the answer on how to do that just right.

What Is Virtual Recruiting?

The goals of virtual recruiting are the same as any other form of recruiting–identifying and acquiring skilled workers to meet your organizational needs.

Virtual recruiting handles these tasks, you guessed it, virtually. However, we are talking about a different kind of virtual recruitment with Hackathons added into the mix! 

Disrupting the Traditional Approach to Hiring

If job fairs and other networking events are a key component of your recruitment strategy, its time to conceive of ways to replicate the success of those events virtually.  A hackathon is one of the most innovative ways to do that because it gives you a clear break from judging a candidate’s skill on paper to witnessing their talent in real time. Not only does this give you a heightened sense of understanding about the candidate’s suitability of the available role but also helps you decide if the candidate is a good cultural fit based on their performance in a collaborative and super competitive setting.

How Can TH.0 Help You Conduct Virtual Hiring Drives?

Virtual hiring drives can take a toll on organizational resources. Therefore, a growing number of companies are seeking to redefine this process. TH.0 enables organizations to do away with redundant and traditional hiring processes and use recruitment hackathons to make better hiring decisions. Our innovative approach to hackathons, with especially designed challenges exclusively for clients can work wonders on organizations seeking to hire A-list talent virtually. Whether you want to conduct large-scale recruitment drives or find just one brilliant new employee, we can help you do that with the utmost ease.

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TH.0 is conducting the RecruithaTH.0n – a virtual recruitment hackathon to empower our existing and new clients to adopt a better way of recruiting. Observe potential candidates live in action, set up a unique challenge to test the ability of participants, test an API, solidify your brand identity as a forward-thinking company and much more at our event happening on the 15th of January 2021.

Click to register or give us a call to discuss the different ways you can be involved: https://bit.ly/39S4PXV