Click on the player below and skip to the 00:13:56 mark to hear NSI Director, Prof Thas Nirmalathas explaining how AutoHack18 works and why to the crew of Byte Into It at 3RRR radio.
The event kicked off on 1 December with students gathering at University House for a day of brainstorming. Seven teams were formed and many promising automation ideas were pitched and discussed. Hackers had until 12 December to refine their ideas and build a plan to present at the first heat of pitches.
The first pitch night was an impressive showcase of ideas. Teams pitched plans to automate clothing purchases, parenting, car parking, marketing campaigns, workplace safety, emergency evacuations and support services.
It was a tough decision for our judges to select the top five. Each of the top five teams receive $1,000 towards equipment to build their automation idea. The two runner-up teams received $500 each. Our AutoHack18 judges are Carolyn Phiddian from nbn, Ivan Polizzi from Ciena and Ken Clarke from NSI.
Our AutoHack18 teams will now have until the Final Pitch Night on 1 February to build their ideas on the Blue Planet platform. We are having open lab sessions every Friday for hackers and offering support and guidance throughout.
We are all very excited to see these compelling ideas brought to life over the coming weeks. Best of luck to all our hackers!
AutoHack in the media
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AutoHack18: Unleashing the Power of Open Platforms through Creativity and Innovation by Matt Vesperman, Ciena blog, 14 December 2017
Byte Into It, 3RRR radio, 22 November 2017
Creating social impact through automation, GetSTEM website, 27 October 2017