Hackathon: schools from City of Wanneroo tackle challenges with technology


Hackathon students Ryan Lee (Joseph Banks Secondary College), Alyssa Yates (Ashdale Secondary College), Jayden Cook (Butler College), Tiana Matthews (Peter Moyes Anglican Community School), Jamie Grist (Irene McCormack Catholic College) and  Nathan Scholes (Wanneroo Secondary College).
Hackathon students Ryan Lee (Joseph Banks Secondary College), Alyssa Yates (Ashdale Secondary College), Jayden Cook (Butler College), Tiana Matthews (Peter Moyes Anglican Community School), Jamie Grist (Irene McCormack Catholic College) and Nathan Scholes (Wanneroo Secondary College).

STUDENTS have used technology to tackle challenges facing the City of Wanneroo.

Teams comprising students from Ashdale Secondary College, Butler College, Irene McCormack Catholic College, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Joseph Banks Secondary College and Wanneroo Secondary College participated in the Hackathon, run by the City and entrepreneurial program Just Start IT.

They were presented with issues relating to the City’s rapid growth, including employment, technology, innovation, population, business support, costs of living and housing.

A team from Butler College and Peter Moyes Anglican Community School won first prize for their idea of large 3D interactive art on walls that people could ‘step into’, take photos of themselves ‘in’ and track locations using a phone app and map.

Other ideas included a beach amphitheatre with multicultural stalls, a share housing phone app, a discount food app to help overcome food waste and a giant interactive games wall.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the students displayed excellent resourcefulness.

“The teams were well prepared to confront the challenges presented to them and developed brilliant concepts to solve a range of problems, pitching their ideas to the audience with confidence and conviction,” she said.

“Hackathon participants were supported by mentors who work in the innovation, sustainability, technology and growth sectors, and who encouraged entrepreneurial thinking and enabled the students to think outside the square.

“These students are our future business leaders, start-ups and creatives and I was incredibly impressed by the depth of their ideas.”

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