With the backing of the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and all our wonderful sponsors, we are planning a two day Hackathon targeted towards young women in years 10 and 11 of high school.
- The Hackathon will be held on the 1st and 2nd of December.
- Girls will work in teams of 3-5 each with university mentors to learn new skills and compete to solve a design problem.
- We are currently expecting around 20 schools to compete.
- A handful of the schools will be from regional Victoria, and the teams will be staying overnight at a Melbourne University college.
- The Hackathon will be held on the University of Melbourne’s beautiful campus.
Each team will have a university student mentor.
- The mentors will act as team leaders to help guide the girls in improving their technical skills and in devising a solution to one of the Hackathon challenges.
- They will assist the girls in the creation of a competition-winning 5 minute presentation to be given to our panel of judges.
- The mentors will assist with the prototyping of the team’s problem-solving idea.
- They will also be there to talk with the teams about engineering, encourage creative ideas and solutions from team for design challenge, and to answer questions about university.
- The mentors will help coordinate activities for their team on the event days.
- There will be a bootcamp for mentors the week before the Hackathon, to ensure knowledge of technical skills for the event.
The Lecture Series
Information will be delivered throughout the Hackathon through a series of short lectures, 15-30min in length.
- An introductory lecture to kick off the Hackathon will discuss the motivation for the event and why being an engineer is great.
- Guest speakers will present on the experience of being a woman in STEM fields.
Time permitting, there may also be a lecture on the exciting future of technology prior to the design challenge to inspire creative thinking.