PRESS RELEASE - 29th May 2017

‘Hackathon’ brings great minds together at Easter Innovation (Coworking Space) to solve broadband issues in Melbourne

Business leaders, entrepreneurs and four local councils from across Melbourne will gather together for a ‘Hackathon’ to explore innovative solutions to improve broadband in Melbourne – with some great prizes on offer for new ideas.

When it comes to affordable fast-broadband, Melbourne lags behind countries like Thailand and New Zealand.

On June 6, Kingston, Frankston, Monash and Knox Councils will partner with local entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to conduct a public ‘Hackathon’ to explore alternative solutions to Melbourne’s broadband connectivity challenges.

City of Kingston Mayor David Eden said: “Improving broadband services has been a key priority for a number of years and is vital for our business community.  We need to find innovative solutions to solve connectivity issues and we are confident we have the local talent and technical expertise to do it when we join forces,” Cr Eden said. 

Broadband connectivity issues facing the region include:

  • problems in the local loop or the `last mile’
  • backhaul and data centre limitations
  • a need to better use the existing connections.

The ‘hackathon’ will explore practical solutions for some of these very real business challenges.

Danielle Storey, the CEO of the new Eastern Innovation Business Centre [coworking space ] and the Monash Incubator explains that the planned hackathon, branded as ConnectHACK, is a one-day event facilitated to breakdown the business technology challenges and problem solve collaboratively”. Incentives for participating tech heads will be awards and introductions to research and technology expertise as well as connections to businesses wanting to take up their solutions.

 “This will be arguably Melbourne’s first public hackathon on this issue and will take place on Tuesday 6 June 2017. Participants will be able to pitch their solutions for a prize pool worth over $3000”, said Ms Storey.

The judging panel includes local council business services representatives, technology corporates and partners including Data61 from CSRIO, Monash University, and SEMMA.

Helping to produce this event is global coworking curator, Taylor Tran, from Innovation Melbourne. Mr Tran helps activate innovation spaces and said “this is a remarkable collaboration between four councils, entrepreneurs, corporates, as well as, universities and CSIRO. It really is a true example of local innovation and collaboration”.

The many corporates in attendance will include; Telstra, Optus, TPG, Siemens, The JRD Group as well as other partners such as, Monash University, CSIRO Data 61 and the Australian Computer Society (ACS). To attend visit www.connecthack.com.au
 

Media Contacts:

Taylor Tran, Innovation Melbourne 0434 568 112
Danielle Storey, Eastern Innovation Business Centre 0437 854 723