30 hour intensive ideas session for students

March 31, 2015

HackathonThe Commonwealth Bank joined forces with Murdoch University recently to encourage teams of students to come up with innovative solutions to solve or improve University processes at the inaugural Hackathon event on March 26 and 27.

The problem solving event sees students presented with various scenarios which require the development of viable business solutions.

Andrew Bell, Manager IT Services at Murdoch University, said Hackathon was not an event about hacking into computer systems but actually referred to coming up with new ideas.

“The event aims to encourage group problem solving with a focus of team diversity and out-of-the box thinking but not all ideas or solutions are technical or IT related,” Mr Bell said.

“The Hackathon is unique as it involves an intensive 30 hour competition where students must pitch their idea to a judging panel to win prizes.”

Mr Bell said the inaugural event was well attended with 11 teams entering the competition.

“The winning team, MIST, produced a solution around disability access and services throughout the Murdoch campus, incorporating integration to University public transport routes and delivering this solution via a working prototype smart phone application,” Mr Bell said.

“The solution incorporated the event main sponsor products – iBeacon technology from Bluecats and Geofencing technology from Geomoby.

The MIST team, consisting of students Luke Barrett, Marcus Figredo and Jack Weatherhead, won a $2,000 prize from the Commonwealth Bank.

“Team MIST was the first team to register for the event and defacto team captain Luke Beumont Barrett was the first one on site each morning to access the event mentors and get to work and worked late into the evening Thursday,” Mr Bell said.

Murdoch University was the first university in WA to stage the Hackathon event with the Commonwealth Bank.

“The event is a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for Murdoch students to learn about innovation, teamwork, problem solving, diversity and commercial application of ideas and products,” Mr Bell said.

“It’s also an opportunity for students to be noticed by sponsors and to create opportunities for students to pursue ideas.”

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