Great Weight Debate event

Young people aged 14 to 17 are being invited to attend an event at City Hall on Saturday 28 January to come up with creative ideas for making London a healthier place.

The Healthy London Hackathon will be held between 10am and 4pm and will be fast, fun and full of hands-on teamwork.

London currently has more obese children than any other global city. We want young people in London to tell us what they think would make it easier for children and young people to eat well and exercise more.

The hackathon will start with a talk about London’s childhood obesity epidemic.  The young people attending will then work in teams to develop a practical solution to one of four challenges:

  • How can healthy food be more accessible and popular? 

  • What would help young people be more active - including use of green space and community activities? 

  • What could help families with young children to eat well and be active to build good habits for life?

  • How can teenagers encourage other young people to be more active and healthy - including championing healthy living in day-to-day life and across their communities? 

Developing ideas could involve building a physical prototype or producing a scenario play. There will be support from designers and health experts and each team will create a short film about their idea.

At the end of the day, a panel of judges and everyone taking part will view all the films and identify the best ideas. No homework or experience is required and there will be awards for teams with the best ideas.

Sign up early! Places are limited. Young people can use the online form to register

Everyone who registers will be notified in January whether they have a place.

Lunch and drinks will be provided and travel costs will be covered.

The hackathon aims to support the work being carried out by London boroughs who are talking to their residents about childhood obesity as part of the Great Weight Debate. 

Go to the resources section of the Great Weight Debate for more information about the hackathon