Collaboration Lab in Rijeka/Croatia – first hackathon!

In Person
Location: Rijeka, Croatia
Date: 21.03.2024 - 22.03.2024
The Initial GREENPACT Collaboration Lab No. 1, a “hackathon” event, took place Centar for Career and Professional Practice @ FMTU. The program for Thursday, March 21, 2024, begun at 10:00 AM with an introduction to circular transformation and sustainability, followed by a presentation of challenges from 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM.
Representatives from 3 companies were present, Hilton Rijeka Costabella, Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa and Marina Punat ltd, with 3 different challenges.
Hilton Rijeka Costabella is a 5-star hotel with a total capacity of up to 550 guests, employing 200 staff members year-round, and about 50 students during the summer season. As a hotel and resort with one of the largest hotel wellness centers in Croatia, they have realized that they incur significant laundry costs, primarily due to the large number of towels used daily by our guests. The laundry generates high consumption of water, electricity, gas, and chemicals, making it important for us to reduce these negative impacts. Therefore, they aim to lower their environmental footprint through educating and raising awareness among our guests about environmental protection.
Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa is a hospitality and tourism establishment with 35 employees, operating in the tourism sector and competing in the market of providing hotel and hospitality services. They aim to achieve high quality in their services by using local ingredients. At the same time, they strive to adhere to sustainable procurement practices, supporting the local community and contributing to environmental awareness. Their goal is to ensure sustainable operations while providing top-notch service to our guests, supporting local producers, and reducing our ecological footprint.
Marina Punat ltd Marina Punat is a company located in Punat on the island of Krk, employing 80 staff members. It is part of the Marina Punat Group, which includes associated companies such as Brodogradilište Punat, Marina Commerce, and Marina Punat Hotel & Resort. The Marina Punat Group collectively employs over 130 people. In addition to the associated companies, Marina Punat Group operates with 45 cooperative firms and 11 charter bases. The main activity of Marina Punat is providing services in nautical tourism, including mooring services both at sea and on land, rental of storage space and business premises, gastronomy, parking services, and launching/lifting of smaller vessels. The marina is facing the need to find sustainable alternatives for managing the various devices and equipment necessary for its operations. Instead of purchasing, we are exploring the option of leasing equipment to reduce procurement costs, ensure regular maintenance and support, and minimize our ecological footprint.
After a short break from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM, participants were engaged in solution development until 2:30 PM, with another brief break from 2:30 PM to 2:45 PM. The day concludes with a session on the basics of creating presentations and presentation skills, running from 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM.
On Friday, March 22, 2024, the program resumes at 10:00 AM with continued solution development until 11:30 AM, followed by a break until 12:00 PM. From 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, participants will work on creating their presentations. The event finished with the presentation of solutions from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Both days there were 25 participants from GenF, 1 HEI, and 3 entrepreneurs – a total of 29 participants.