Armadale’s first GivingBackathon tackles complicated social issues


Sarah Davies, Daniel Grosso and Ferdi Fourie at Armadale’s GivingBackathon.
Sarah Davies, Daniel Grosso and Ferdi Fourie at Armadale’s GivingBackathon.

ARMADALE’S most complicated social issues were on the table at the city’s first GivingBackathon.

More than 50 people divided into teams to take on a social issue and come up with a community-centred solution to ease the problem.

Bedfordale Connect Incoporated was the winning team, with a proposal including a social media solution using young people in Bedfordale to engage with other young people, leading to youth-driven community projects.

Head judge Katie Stubley from the Centre for Social Impact said the solution was simple and could be easily implemented with a significant social impact.

The People’s Choice award went to the Waste Warriors, whose app-based game encouraged kids to change their families’ waste behaviours by collecting rewards for real-world tasks.

City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the GivingBackathon encouraged local social entrepreneurs to give back to the community.

“They could present a prototype product, service or strategy and it was great so many people were keen to donate their time and ideas to give back to our community,” Mr Zelones said.

“The solutions the teams presented were inventive, exciting and really promising.”

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