Nishaa Sen, our 2018 Competitions Director recounts Fix the Future. Making its debut in 2018, the “Social Hackathon” was a 2-day challenge run by Social Innovation New Zealand and the University of Auckland Public Policy Club, taking place over the weekend of 11-12 August. The purpose of the competition was to provide a platform for students to gain experience in real-world problem solving and analysis, ultimately strengthening their understanding of the needs and challenges of industry.
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.