High School Hackathon
4–9 September 2020
As part of the Digital Innovation Festival, join us as we hack digital solutions in response to our changing world.
With support from industry professionals, Pearcey Foundation and Museums Victoria staff, high school students will have the opportunity to respond to the question:
How might digital innovations support Victorians to adapt to change?
- How will we feed ourselves in the future?
- How will we move ourselves in the future?
- How will we capture information?
- What will we do with all the information we capture?
- How will we communicate?
What's a hackathon?
A broad definition of a hackathon is an event of a defined duration where people collaborate to solve problems creatively. It may or may not require the use of digital technologies. ‘Hacking’ simply means creative problem solving. These design sprints are commonly used in technology and engineering industries.
Free information session
Join our teacher information session from 4pm–5.30pm, Friday 28 August for a Q&A with Scienceworks staff about how the sessions will run and an introduction to the resources.
This session is free but teachers will need to to register interest at [email protected] to receive the meeting link.
|Thu 3 Sep,
|Teacher briefing session|
|Fri 4 Sep,
|Day 1: Thinking innovatively|
|Mon 7 Sep,
|Day 2: Prototyping and storyboarding (optional)|
|Tue 8 Sep,
|Day 3: Create and submit pitch video (optional)|
|Wed 9 Sep,
|Day 4: Panel feedback (optional)|
Final registrations must be received by 5pm, Tuesday 1 September.
To register your interest please contact [email protected].
There is a $50 hackathon registration fee per school. There is no limit on number of participating students per school however, there is a final limit on the total number of students involved in the event. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Day 1: Thinking innovatively
Friday 4 September
Three webinar sessions facilitated by Scienceworks, including a Q&A with industry professionals:
|9am–10am||Webinar 1: Introduction from Scienceworks (resource: Collecting to Think Ahead)|
|11am–12.30pm||Webinar 2: Panel and Q&A - Adapting to change with the help of digital innovations|
|2.30pm–3pm||Webinar 3: Feedback on student ideas|
Day 2: Prototyping + storyboarding
Monday 7 September
|9am–10am||Webinar 4: Prototyping tools + pitch storyboarding
What to submit in 90 sec pitch video:
|12pm–12.30pm||Check in on Slack with mentors who will facilitate teams’ thinking and prototype formation|
|12.30pm–2.30pm||Students prototype and plan storyboard, start filming|
|2.30pm–3pm||Check in with mentors|
Day 3: Create and submit pitch video
Tuesday 8 September
|9.30am–10am||Check in on Slack with mentors at the start of the day re storyboard and filming|
|12pm–12.30pm||Check in on Slack with mentors re finalisation of pitch video|
|3pm||Students send videos to teachers via YouTube or Vimeo link|
|3pm–5pm||Teachers decide on two pitch video links to submit for panelist feedback|
Day 4: Panel feedback
Wednesday 9 September
|2pm–3pm||Webinar 5: Panelists respond to selected pitch videos|
Tech tools for solution building
On day 2 we will introduce a number of collaborative prototyping and design tools we have found to be useful in our onsite Design Sprints. The hackathon encourages students to make use of whatever tools and skills they already have at hand, whether low-tech models made from their home recycling or snippets of code, wireframes of apps etc.
Online collaboration tools
A virtual hackathon presents both challenges and opportunities. Ease of communication is important to us so please feel free to provide feedback on what would work best for you during the teacher information session on 28 August. Our current plan is for communication with museum mentors to be via Slack whereas within your school teams, feel free to continue using whatever platform your school is already working with.
The teacher information session link will also remain open as an e-lounge for teachers requiring support throughout the event.
Presented as part of the Digital Innovation Festival.