Another hackathon winner, Jack Tuckett and his team, came up with the concept of digital packaging to address the shocking amount of single use packaging going to the landfills every year.
“With digital packaging, consumers visit a store to scan a 'naked' product without any packaging using their phone camera, which then displays real time product information such as ingredients or directions of use on screen,” said Jack, who is undertaking a double degree in mechanical engineering and business management.
“This allows manufacturers to minimise or even eliminate product packaging. It can even provide retailers with creative marketing opportunities.”
For our participants, the hackathon was a hands-on exercise in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.
“It helped us develop our problem-solving skills through interactions with industry experts,” said Dushyant. “The 2-day sprint provided more clarity on how businesses operate specifically and how one can enter the market and scale the idea with time.”
“I love hackathons and commit myself to going to as many as I can,” said Jack. “I find they are a great way to meet new people, practice creative thinking, and develop interesting business ideas.”
“This was the first hackathon I completed online, and the experience was just as fun. It was great to receive mentoring from industry experts and brainstorm ideas for contributing to a sustainable future and circular economy.”
The teams were judged by a panel of industry experts which consisted of Ciannon Cazaly (Social Innovation Partnerships, RMIT), Darren Sutton (The Common Purpose Collective), Sean Trewick (Circular Economy Victoria) and Emma Forster (City of Melbourne).
Not only did the winners receive a cash prize of up to $3500, they also received free memberships to Circular Economy Victoria and Activator Connect.
E-week 2020 was made possible by the funding of prominent alumni and philanthropist, Jacques Nasser, to support talented and highly motivated students to get ahead of the curve through participation in entrepreneurial experiences.
Activator is now in our fourth year of delivering impact-focused hackathons.
To date, the funding has enabled us to deliver three successful sponsored hackathons including the Innovation Impact (2017), the Social Impact Hackathon (2018), and the Technology Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (2019).