In October 2017, I had the absolute privilege of organising the CloudTrek Big Data, Big Heart Hackathon.
Cloud Trek’s MD, Neil Hitz, came to me with the idea for a Hackathon event that would have a humanitarian / social impact.
I used the training I got in the Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Program to structure the event. In that program you do a project where you mobilise one community (the target community) to cause an impact in another community (the beneficiary community).
We enlisted three great organisations: Diabetes Queensland, Epilepsy Queensland, and RACQ LifeFlight as our beneficiary community, and created a hackathon community to impact them.
The Ideation Night
With CloudTrek and Amazon in our hackathon community, we enlisted 120 participants from the Brisbane tech community. Eighty people came to the ideation night, held at Amazon’s offices downtown in Brisbane.
The Hackathon Itself
Tonight was fun ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mAnIwUq2Eh— Jason Roulston (@jasonwroulston) October 27, 2017
Our youngest pitcher on Friday night was Ruben Bliss, 11:
“All your ideas are shit and you are completely wrong. Hi, I’m Tim, and I’m here to show you how to find out how they are wrong - *fast*.” 🤣 pic.twitter.com/sgLKFt7Uwq— Josh Wulf (Alt Super Meta) (@sitapati) October 27, 2017
Pitch coaches in action with participants. pic.twitter.com/NJwwjwY0ah— Josh Wulf (Alt Super Meta) (@sitapati) October 28, 2017