Enable are pleased to be a part of the ACS Hackathon
The team entered a Hackathon run by the Australian Government and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) with a theme of #FlattentheCurve.
Over 2,400 competitors from around the world entered what’s been described as ‘the biggest hackathon in the Asia-Pacific’ last weekend.
The ACS “Flatten The Curve” hackathon saw more than 200 teams compete for $50,000 in prize money with 43 shortlisted across five categories: Education, Assisting Health Care, Protecting the Vulnerable, the Future of Work, and Wellness and Mental Health.
“The scale was larger than any held in APAC before, with so many competitors, mentors and partners from so many backgrounds and time zones,” said Steve Nouri, hackathon organiser and ACS Head of Data Science.
“With the hackathon totally online, we anticipated challenges in forging trust between teams, communications, accountability and team creation, but the mentors and teams rose to the occasion and delivered a great result.”
One of the categories was: Identifying and Helping vulnerable people/at risk. The ENable team built a platform called Neighbourhood Foodbox using CSM, VA, Mobile, Communities and Events. Our application allows Local Governments, Communities or Not For Profits to crowdsource food from people’s veggie patch, fruit tree’s or excess shopping and distribute it to those in need. As we know with COVID 19 there will be many more people at risk of not being able to secure enough food due to loss of income. The platform has quite a bit of automation and uses the communities event capability to organize pick up/drop off, allowing people to contribute while still keeping up social distancing and helping to #FlattentheCruve What is really amazing is that the team built a full-blown platform in a day, no smoke and mirrors.
Really amazing effort with the now familiar sounds of children in the background, dogs barking, food mixers etc.
The team created something that can help people contribute to their local communities with what they already have, strengthen their community bonds.
To take you through the app here is the silky tones of Ian White, narrating up as our Chatbot, Harry the Helper – https://youtu.be/46t14pRybCQ