Putting the HER in HERO
2018 Highlights

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About

SuperHack is an annual high-school engineering hackathon for young women hosted by the Melbourne University Electrical Engineering Club, MUEEC.

Every year, we invite girls from schools across Victoria to compete in teams to solve engineering design challenges based on a real industry problem.

Partial_blackBeing an engineer is all about creative invention and problem-solving. However, oftentimes we can feel discouraged from engineering due to its reputation of being too abstract or gendered.

At SuperHack, we want engineering to feel relatable and show that it can be used to help people improve lives. We aim to teach young women the core concepts behind engineering through a fun and engaging challenge, whilst providing them with an opportunity to talk to industry mentors and university students in STEM.

While the challenge itself varies every year, the central theme of teaching young women to innovate, help others, and change the world through engineering remains. That is why we decided to brand the event SuperHack, a superhero-themed hackathon that puts ‘her’ in ‘hero‘.

In 2018, competitors completed an algorithmic maze-solving challenge with Pololu Zumo Robots, an Arduino based hardware. To complete the challenge, they were required to understand and apply algorithmic thinking using a C-style programming interface.

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The Event

In 2018, SuperHack saw a total of 15 teams competing from high-schools around Victoria with featured industry speakers and university student mentors (postgraduate and undergraduate).

This year, we aim to be bigger. With the backing of the University of Melbourne, School of Engineering, we are inviting young women from all regional and metropolitan Victorian high-schools in years 10 and 11 to the 2019 SuperHack.

Details:

Date: 30th of November – 1st of December 2019 (‘first’ weekend of December)

Venue: University of Melbourne, Parkville campus

Cost: Free! The event is fully-catered and all expenses are paid.

Accommodations are provided to regional high-school competitors at no additional cost. Regional competitors will check-in on the 29th of November and check-out on the 1st of December.

  • Competitors will work in teams of 3-5 with university mentors to compete and solve an engineering design problem.
  • Mentors will work closely with their respective teams to help guide the girls in improving their technical skills to devise a solution to the challenge.
  • All mentors will receive a boot camp training prior to the event and carry a valid WWC check.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams, and we will have awesome tech giveaways for all participants!

Please contact admin@melbsuperhack.com to register your school!

Note that registrations will close on the 28th of October 2019, or earlier when capacity has been reached!

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Contact

If you have any questions or inquiries, you can reach us at admin@melbsuperhack.com.

Alternatively, you can contact us via our social media.

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2019 Sponsors

We’d like to thank all our sponsors for making this event possible!

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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