subscribe to news
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Social Innovation

Australia’s First Hackathon for Homelessness


Thursday, 18th May 2017 at 9:15 am
Rachel McFadden, Journalist
Social innovators, creatives, business people, community workers and techs will join forces in June to tackle homelessness in Australia’s first Homelessness Hackathon.


Thursday, 18th May 2017
at 9:15 am
Rachel McFadden, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Australia’s First Hackathon for Homelessness
Thursday, 18th May 2017 at 9:15 am

Social innovators, creatives, business people, community workers and techs will join forces in June to tackle homelessness in Australia’s first Homelessness Hackathon.

The weekend-long hackathon, organised by Marist 180, aims to bring together like-minded people to identify and develop sustainable solutions affecting people experiencing homelessness.

Described as a world first, the hackathon will include pre-event engagement strategies with people experiencing homelessness, to ensure their experiences and voices are represented.

Marist 180 social innovation manager Steve Williams told ProBono News the hackathons were an exciting space designed to engage millennials to work collaboratively on social issues.

“Generally speaking around 75 per cent of attendees are under the age of 30 which is really exciting,” Williams said.

“I think it’s important to have a fresh set of eyes and ears to old problems.

“It’s not about not-for-profit or for profit, it’s tearing up the rule book creating a real impact.”

Williams said the coming hackathon was about understanding the real issues facing people experiencing homelessness and finding real-world solutions.

“It is about bringing equity to the innovation boom that Queensland specifically, and Australian more generally is experiencing,” Williams said.

On the Friday night, up to 80 participants will attend a pitch session, and teams will gather around certain ideas based on their skill set for the remainder of the weekend.

The hackathon, which will take place in Brisbane over the first weekend of June, is run in partnership with Orange Sky Laundry, Common Ground QLD, River City Labs, QUT Creative Industries, and The Incus Group and is funded by Department of Housing’s Dignity First Fund.


Rachel McFadden  |  Journalist  |  @ProBonoNews

Rachel is a journalist specialising in the social sector.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

NSW Pledges to Halve Rough Sleepers by 2025

Luke Michael

Monday, 18th February 2019 at 5:14 pm

Pushing Homelessness to the Front

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 11th February 2019 at 8:28 am

Why Are So Many Older Australian Women Becoming Homeless?

Luke Michael

Sunday, 27th January 2019 at 9:00 am

Homelessness Services Fighting the Heat

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 16th January 2019 at 1:12 pm

POPULAR

Culturally Diverse People With Disability Struggling to Engage With NDIS

Luke Michael

Friday, 8th February 2019 at 4:42 pm

‘Toxic’ Amnesty Workplace Sparks Criticism of Australian Social Sector Culture

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 5:29 pm

Disability Services Fighting to Stay Afloat

Luke Michael

Thursday, 21st February 2019 at 8:32 am

Program Looks to Halve Electricity Costs for Charities

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 12th February 2019 at 4:26 pm

subscribe to news
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!