On the weekend from April 29th to May 1st, one of our admins attended the Hackathon – part of IntoIT’s 2016 Regional Innovation Week. These programs encourage technological development in regional areas; parts of the world in which people may feel that there is little or no opportunity for this kind of innovation.
The event aimed to foster business relationships by combining three categories of contributors:
- The creative entrepreneurs who provide the initial idea
- The tech-minded hackers capable of making the ideas a reality on technological platforms
- The businesspeople who are able to invest capital and/or provide business strategy
Taking out first place in the Hack competition was Adam Buckley, who is developing a system that will inform clients of the location of road hazards such as potholes, and subsequently assist the parties responsible for conducting repairs in prioritising certain locations. This system will take the form of a mobile phone app, and Adam is currently using Android Studio for its development – a process he described as “time-consuming”.
Taking out 2nd place were BuzzyTV, who are innovating in the fields of game design and VR technology.
IntoIT and 2pi software did a fantastic job organising the week, and their exhaustive efforts are what made it such a success for regional startup projects.