Nishaa Sen

Competitions Director 2018

SINZ, in collaboration with PPC, put on its first ever Social Hackathon, “Fix the Future” over the weekend of August 11-12. With this being a brand new event, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the competition, with many teams eager to compete.

The competition was centred around five sustainable development goals — quality education; life on land; climate action; innovation and infrastructure; and peace, justice and strong institutions — and we had Auckland Council, Deloitte, Eco Matters, MYOB and Consensus on board to back one goal each.

The competition weekend kicked off with each teams meeting their company mentors and being briefed on the problems they would be attempting to solve over the weekend. With new knowledge on hand, teams got to hacking and generating very well thought out solutions and suggestions. The atmosphere at Unleash Space was oozing with energy and enthusiasm from both participants and mentors. Seeing the room filled with creative and passionate individuals was truly a sight. That, with the addition of good food, personalised mentoring sessions and great vibes, brought day one to a close, or so we thought. Teams were up all night finalising their ideas so that they’d be all set for their presentations the next morning.

Day two consisted of a bright and early start for the teams, who were ready to present in front of industry judges from each of the companies. The competition was tough but ultimately Finesse the Future, Team, Boba, The Oxy-morons and Sustainable Avengers  were announced as the winners of their respective SDG’s, each winning some awesome prizes from their supporting company. The top five teams then went head to head to compete in the finals for the $500 cash prize. Judged by SINZ and PPC’s very own Co-Presidents, the finals quality was outstanding with each team bringing everything they had. After a quick networking sessions and some tough decision making, The Oxy-morons came out on top and officially became the first ever SINZ x PPC Social Hackathon winner.

This competition would not have been possible without the hardwork of the SINZ and PPC competition teams. Also, a big thank you to our generous sponsors The Collective, Almighty, and Silk Road for providing nibbles and refreshments. 


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The Social Hackathon problems was based on five Sustainable Development Goals, with a different company aligned to each goal. The Social Hackathon began with the participants being presented with a selection of briefs by representatives from companies of different industries. In teams, participants were assigned to a Goal based on their preferences and will then worked towards preparing an in depth solution to the given problem.



Throughout the competition, participants received mentorship from SINZ and PPC, as well as the participating companies.  The challenge will then culminated in a series of presentations in front of industry judges. We're proud to say that the following five, distinguished organisations worked with us during the

hackathon. Each in relation to the SDG of their expertise. They were;

Auckland Council is the local body authority for the city of Auckland. The have a bold vision: for Auckland to be a world class city. It is a vision that unites them and drives their 9500 employees to deliver world-class services and experiences every day for our 1.5 million customers.

Consensus is the independent, online legal marketplace for Aotearoa New Zealand. Clients post legal jobs at and lawyers with the relevant expertise respond with fixed fee proposals.  

Deloitte is a for-profit professional services organisation, with services ranging from regulation support to strategy consulting. They are a leading professional service provider in New Zealand, supported by a massive worldwide network of over 260,000 people.

EcoMatters Environment Trust (EcoMatters) is a charitable trust that was formed in 2002.  Our vision is “a society where aroha/love and wairua/spiritual connection with the environment (kaitiakitanga) is restored”. EcoMatters provides a environmental and sustainability services and education initiatives to the community in a wide range of areas.  Some of these include advice and consultancy in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, stream and ecological restoration, and waste minimisation.

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