A common comment on the weekend of the HACT was “I wish this was around when I was a kid”. Quite frankly I wish that as well. Being able to learn from industry experts how to program a game or create a three dimensional object and then being given the freedom to create your own project would be something that I would gladly give my weekend up for.
Some of the projects sounded pure science fiction. Creating a robot hand out of 3d printed parts for instance.
Free comics and a chance to pilot your very own Tie Fighter you say! What more reason could I have needed for heading to Impact Comics? Actually, they had me at “free comics” but I also turned up to help Goldilocks Zone by producing a short edit of their art installation. The idea is to have the participant sit down have a picture taken and then watch as their image is sucked inside a Tie Fighter on flying a dangerous sabotage mission.
I can see plenty of exciting works on the horizon for this boutique agency and wish them much success.
Hacking sounds sexy but in reality looks like most other jobs. Someone sitting in front of a computer for hours on end. The challenge was to make a trailer for the 2014 Cyber Security Challenge run by the Australian Government and Telstra, which was interesting to prospective competitors. University and TAFE students.
DesignGov was an 18 month experimental pilot. The idea was to collaborate with agencies to apply strategic co-design processes and thinking on complex issues which lead to improved outcomes.
This workshop was held with employees from the Department of Human Services from the 8th of November.
Called the Tough Mudder for nerds by the event organisers. Competitors form teams and have 32 hours to design and launch a new digital product or service. Ideas are presented during a 2 minute pitch which they are judged on.