The protests exemplify how out of step the Australian Government is with everyday Australians who are increasingly waking up to the climate crisis .
Scott Morrison adds further insult to injury and snubs the Climate Action Summit to have a state dinner with the US President. His push to increase coal exports propping up declining China exports leaves us as a global embarrassment.
Another year and one of the highlights of the hackathon scene came
and went – govhack – the now international data hackathon focusing on
open government datasets.
Our intrepid team of six, five from Deloitte and one ring in came
together and had to figure out what challenges to solve for. Always the
hardest part! After much angst – should it be transport, environment or
social impact? Our team had tackled climate change as a topic the year
before using SEED data sets so this year – as we thought transport would
be too popular – we opted for social impact.
After trawling through the sponsor challenges, we ended up looking at
how we could help start-ups and small businesses, especially ones
focused on social good to make better decisions throughout the value
chain of a business.
Firstly, during their initial phases, giving them some data to make
decisions on the problem space, issues that were growing, competition
from other businesses – basically improving decision making when looking
at the demand side of the equation. Then we look at the end of the
value chain – giving them a common outcomes framework to work to – so
that their work could be measured and to ensure that they focused on
issued that mattered and maintained transparency on how they were
Food was surprisingly good this year. The traditional pizza had been
banished and replaced with a pretty good curry and salad combination. So
hats off to the organisation for taking a chance – there was no riot!
By the end of Friday our team had figured out the problem they wanted
to solve and we left feeling good. We even finished the night with a
trip with some team forming at Chinatown.
However, by Saturday morning we came back… scratching our heads and trying to figure out exactly what had we agreed to!
With hackathons you can go small or large. Build something niche with
an idea that can be easily demonstrated but potentially has little
prospect of making an impact, or something large that tackles a big
problem but is difficult to explain in a three minute pitch. To that
end, most of Saturday was spent trying to figure out how simplify,
simplify, simplify. It all seemed so easy when we started…
The tech team got busy finding useful datasets across the
overwhelming number of websites and datasets building a demand
evaluation dashboard. Data that is never quite right or accurate.
“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth”
By the end of Saturday, well we had nothing. Nothing. No dashboard
screens. No running code. No video. So just like all hackathons before,
night beckoned, the final stretch was upon us and we questioned if we
were up for the challenge?
Travis, Joe, Michael and Jay
So lets say I’m a morning person but even for me I got up a bit
earlier than normal! My job was to create video and pull evidence of
assets created together. So by 7am I had the script written, narrated,
edited with b-roll stock video footage so we had a solid foundation for
the work the rest of the team would complete during the rest of the day.
The day passed with a hectic blur. Travis and Jay worked on demand
dashboard pulling views of predictive trends of issues together. Then
Joe and Michael started pulling additional views of services needed
together. Very helpful and insightful mentors gave advice and we doubled
down on more code and machine learning to recommend locations for new
services. Umar worked remotely on Sunday and Joe and Umar got a great
website together explaining our architecture approach. Jay battled a
presentation slide for a few hours on Sunday but it came good in the
Who said miracles couldn’t happen?
A frantic rush from start to end. Furious video editing ensued as
piece by piece the video came together. With stress levels rising, and
the 5pm deadline looming, we managed to submit with 15 minutes to spare.
That was a relief! A job well done and time to say well – we did it! Great job team!!!
Now a 6 week wait for the judges to make their selection.
Always challenging. Always fun! A weekend full of learning. You meet
great people and have the opportunity to tackle wicked societal issues.