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Berry Street

Who: Berry Street

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://www.berrystreet.org.au/

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Since 1877, Berry Street has worked to ensure that every child has a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Jenn, a social worker working on the Family Finding project, wanted a tool for social workers to better track and record the extended family of a child in the child protection system. Even though there is more work still to do, Jen was thrilled to have made a working tool that she felt was a game-changer for all social workers.

Social workers can now easily map a child’s relationships without wading through mountains of case notes allowing them to better understand and thus better serve their clients.

Changing Places

Who: Changing Places

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Changing Places advocates for toilets with full sized change tables and hoists in public spaces around Australia to meet the needs of people with severe and profound disabilities.

Back for his second hackathon, Changing Place’s founder, Eddie, hoped to redevelop his organisation’s website to collect feedback from users about current toilets and to ask them where future facilities should be placed. Committed to finishing what had already been started at the previous hack, Eddie’s team successfully built two feedback tools: one on their website and another using Facebook and Twitter.

With this new information, Changing Places can better advocate for fully accessible toilets around Australia.

After the hackathon we were stoked to welcome Eddie onto the RHoK Melbourne Steering Committee. 

Volunteer Impact

Who: Volunteer Impact

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Volunteer Impact is helping environmental restoration projects create great impact stories from their data, so that they can get more funding and better engage their volunteers.

Sam, Volunteer Impact’s founder, choose to focus on a proof of concept while at RHoK. He wanted to demonstrate a way for environmental groups to record, sort and visualize their data. A group of RHoK volunteers rallied to his cause and successfully created the database tools that will allow these groups to capture and store their valuable data.

Rising to the challenge of presenting a working prototype, Sam’s team pushed themselves to take the first steps towards visualizing this data.

Australia for Dolphins

Who: Australia for Dolphins

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Website: www.afd.org.au

Australia for Dolphins are dedicated to stopping cruelty against dolphins and gaining legal protection for them. Having introduced a Bill to the New South Wales Parliament along with a petition of over 100,000 signatures, Sarah came to RHoK looking for a better way for her organisation to communicate public support for the bill to policymakers. Sarah’s small team of just three RHoKstars built an online video petition website that allows the public to create a short video to express their support for the bill. In the lead up to the vote, Sarah hopes this evocative solution will be the difference between a yes and a no vote.

Pinchapoo

Who: Pinchapoo

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://www.pinchapoo.org.au/

Pinchapoo is proudly responsible for creating a cheeky hotel toiletry ‘pinching' movement. Over seven years they have redistributed over 700,000 personal hygiene products to thousands of people experiencing disadvantage in Australia.

Pinchapoo came to RHoK with a website they had outgrown. They wanted help creating a site that allowed them to communicate more effectively with their many audiences. While singing rock songs for most of the weekend, RHoK volunteers completely overhauled Pinchapoo’s existing website transforming it into a one-stop-shop capable of answering all manner of enquiries. Crucially, this will free up the precious time of Kate, Pinchapoo’s founder, to focus on growing the organisation and maximising it’s impact.

 

Wish List

Who: Wish List

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Creativity Australia uses singing to connect people experiencing disadvantage to the mainstream community.

At the start of the hackathon, Ross wanted to make an app that would help Creativity Australia better run their Wish List – a program that enables members of their community to confidently ask for the things that will improve their life. Through the collaborative process, the team quickly realized that an app was not the best solution and instead built a decentralized tool that allows their regional choir volunteers to manage the Wish List.

By improving their level of service, Ross believes that engagement and the numbers of wishes granted will increase.

20Squared

Who: 20Squared

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Work Force Plus helps early school leavers who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Bernadette and Simon’s long term vision is to develop a Virtual Reality game that gives young people insight into and the confidence to engage with work. At the hack, they decided to focus on creating tools to capture and sort the experiences of young people so they can use them to inform the future content of their game. What did they achieve? According to Simon: ‘Shitloads!’

They built two ways of capturing and sorting information from young people using Facebook and Instagram along with a prototype VR game showing how this user content will be used in the game. Bernadette also sent her first tweet.

Right Click Community

Who: Right Click Community

When: Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rightclickcommunity/

Existing Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/rightclick-ios.git

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Right Click Community is a social enterprise that runs tech classes for seniors, taught by teenagers. It aims to bridge the generational divide while helping seniors find supportive, non-judgemental technology help at a price they can afford. They aim to be a sustainable community program that will run using the pay what you can business model. This will allow them to cover costs, pay their teen volunteers and ensure that all seniors will be able to participate in a class or drop by to have a tech question answered.

At the Summer 2015 Melbourne Hackathon RHoK volunteers helped them develop an IOS app that functions as a notetaker. It allows teens to take photos of each step they are showing their senior - on any device - and create a set of visual, digitally annotated notes that they can send to a wireless printer or email right away. We also put together a web application back-end to the app which will collect important metrics about how teens teach the seniors, what questions are most common and how long each session runs for. This app and back end is going to allow Right Click to be so much more effective. Seniors will remember what they have been taught and the organisers will be able to monitor what strategies the teens are using that are most effective. They will also now be equipped with metrics and data about their successes that will help them greatly in grant applications and forging new partnerships with local communities. 

FoodUP!

Who: FoodUP!

When: Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://www.foodupsite.wordpress.com.au/

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-foodswapp

FoodUp! is community project based on a social enterprise model to create food conscious communities. We aim to create and empower urban centres to promote local food production, reduce food waste and develop community in their neighbourhoods. RHoK helped us at the Melbourne Summer 2015 Hackathon to design a minimum viable product and begin the app development process of our food sharing app.  Our app will help empower local and backyard growers of fruit and veggies to connect with individuals, food bank, cafes and businesses to ensure fresh food is redistributed and used throughout the community. In a nutshell, its "Facebook meets Tinder for Cabbages!".

At the Melbourne 2015 Summer Hackathon RHoK volunteers assisted with the design and user flow of our app and we were able to narrow down our app to a minimum viable product of only 6 screens! We also were able to start a website, listserve, and begin prototyping the app.

i.pee.freely

Who: i.pee.freely

When: Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://changingplaces.org.au/

Code (WP-Plugin): https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/i.pee.freely-wpplugin

Code (API): https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/i-pee-freely-api

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This project aimed to change the current Changing Places website so that people with disabilities (and their families/carers) could provide feedback on the existing Changing Places toilets and provide data around where they would want to see more fully accessible toilets built in the future. This would then provide the Changing Places campaign with the information we need to ensure the current facilities were being used, but also the data to lobby councils, shopping centres, and other facilities to build more Changing Places, knowing that there is a demand for them and they would be used.

At the hackathon it was discovered that while the existing website had some limitations, it remained the best way to collect this information, so additional mapping and data collection tools were commenced and prototyped. These provided a smooth interface to find out more information about the facilities than is currently provided, provide feedback on those facilities, and list a recommended location for new facilities where they didn’t exist. Through having a person with a disability there, the team’s UX experts were also able to identify some improvements that could be made regarding the overall usability of the Changing Places website, and a new design was created.

Local Linguist

Who: Local Linguist

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-timor-leste

Local Linguist is an app for collecting data on local languages. The idea was inspired by the problems encountered with linguistics research in East Timor. For the majority of children in the country, the language used in the classroom is not the language that they speak at home, and for many, not a language they have spoken before starting school.

The Local Linguist app and website is designed to allow researchers to upload picture, audio and written data sets to a website. These sets can then be used by researchers who have the local linguist app on their phone. The app allows researchers to go into the field, show informants a picture, or written question, or hear an audio clip, and then get the informant to respond using a multiple choice answer, written answer, or recorded audio answer. The app then prompts field researchers to upload the data to the website. This app has the potential to revolutionise linguistic (and other) research in places such as Timor-Leste. 

The prototype app was developed at the RHoK Melbourne Winter 2015 Hackathon. Further development occurred over a number of RHoLLs, and again at the RHoK Melbourne Summer 2015 Hackathon. The team is currently worked on the website database (using ruby on rails), updating the app (the app is written in java), and linking the app to the database. 

Maker Network

Who: Maker Network

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-maker-map

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Tracey Nguyen is a final year student at RMIT studying a Masters in Design Innovation and Technology. Her research into Melbourne's maker culture revealed a lack of connectivity between all types of makers, and spaces supporting makers around Melbourne and its neighbouring communities. So she approached RHoK to see if we could help develop a way of connecting maker spaces to each other and the wider community. 
 
During the Melbourne 2015 Winter Hackathon the team was able to leverage her original work on a maker map prototype and replaced the backend of an existing open source system for robustification of data source, providing a platform for growth. Options were added for resource sharing of materials and skills. The team came back for the Summer 2015 hackathon, where they made some further improvements, and future plans are in place for a clearer categorisation of resources, and the integration of other platforms for events and content. Sum

Tall Giraffe

Who: Social Catalysts (Tall Giraffe)

When: June 2015

Where: Melbourne

Website: http://thetallgiraffe.org/

Social Catalysts is community of young people under the age of 25 who educates and mobilises others to inspire positive social change. The problem they are trying to solve is youth disengagement. Most media outlets (i.e newspapers) tend to portray issues in a formal manner using language that is complex and alienates young people. Additionally, there is a lack of an online space for youth to connect, express their opinions and discuss ideas, etc. in regards to international relations and social issues. This leaves individuals that are otherwise keen, interested, and passionate, feeling overwhelmed and pessimistic. 

At the Melbourne 2015 Winter Hackathon, a team of volunteer developers and tech experts helped them develop a new online platform for their project. By the end of the weekend, they had a new platform which displayed their articles and videos in a visually-appealing manner. They also created online profiles for their executive and writers’ team as well as linking their website to various social media sites. Following some amazing engagement by the team after the hack, in August 2015 they launched the new site, called Tall Giraffe. Future plans include adding other features such as a comment system, improving the design and layout of their articles and further developing their brand.

Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Who: The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation

When: December 2014

Where: Melbourne

Website: www.digitallicence.com.au

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The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation (AMF) is a national charity with the belief that all children should have a safe and happy childhood without being subjected to any form of violence. RHoK helped the AMF at the Melbourne Summer 2014 Hackathon with the design and launch of the eSmart Digital Licence, an online challenge which uses quizzes, videos and games to prepare Australian children (aged ten and over) to be smart, safe and responsible digital citizens.

At the Melbourne 2014 Summer Hackathon RHoK volunteers assisted with the design and user flow to ensure that the product reached its full potential. The Digital Licence was made available to every grade 6 student in Australia in 2015 - almost 300,000 children. The free licences can be accessed by grade 6 teachers from the Digital Licence website.

Apidae

Who: Apidae

When: June 2014

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/rhok-melbourne/apidae-maps
https://github.com/rhok-melbourne/apidae-app
https://github.com/rhok-melbourne/apidae-server

Website: www.apidae.com.au

Apidae is a small communications social enterprise which designs and implements strategic communications to connect knowledge, ideas and people to create sustainable change. Through beautiful videos, digital reporting, and mobile applications, they provide tools to connect organisations with their stakeholders and help share their sustainability stories.

They worked with RHoK at the Winter 2014 Hackathon in Melbourne to develop a storytelling app to allow communities in the Pacific region communicate more effectively with large aid organisations. Unfortunately the app didn't make it out of the prototyping stage. However, Apidae was able to show the app off to a number of large aid organisations who expressed an interest in developing similar projects in the future. 

Apps 4 Autism

Who: Apps 4 Autism

When: June 2015

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-apps-for-autism

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The aim of Apps for Autism is to develop a set of smartphone apps to help children with High Functioning Autism to cope with the world around them and prepare for their post-secondary life. Apps are to assist the child develop their communication skills, overcome learning difficulties and improve their socialization. The apps will also utilize APIs to allow a central "dashboard", where parents, teachers and therapists invalid in the child's care can monitor how the child's skills are developing, and can also chat with each other to share notes on progress and issues.

With the help of the RHoK community, Apps 4 Autism developed a prototype app designed to help children with high functioning autism navigate everyday situations such as going to the movies or driving. They worked in tandem with a group of therapists who specialize in working with children on the Autism Spectrum. 

Ethical Switch

Who: Ethical Switch

When: June 2014

Where: Melbourne

Website: www.ethicalswitch.com

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Ethical Switch is a consumer based organisation which aims to make positive change simply by modifying consumer spending habits. They research the most ethical companies, display the information for you to easily read, and offer quick and simple switches. The profits go to their charity partners - every time somebody makes a switch, they donate.

Tamlyn Rudolph, the founder, came up with the idea after being asked at functions which was the least harmful energy provider. She recognised that Australians spend around $40 billion annually on household bills, but are often directing money to companies whose activities don’t align with their personal values. At the Melbourne Winter Hackathon in 2014 Tamlyn worked with RHoK to develop the idea, branding and initial proof of concept. The project launched soon afterwards, in July 2014. It's going from strength to strength - in the next few months they will be launching ethical banking and offering a switch for that too.

Firewatch Dashboard

Who: Warrandyte Fire Watch

When: December 2013

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/firewatch-dashboard

Websites: http://warrandyte.org.au/be-ready/warrandyte-fire-watch/

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RHoK was approached by the Warrandyte community, from rural Victoria, to build a website platform to provide local residents in fire prone areas an early warning system. We worked with them at the Melbourne Summer Hackathon in 2013 to help them build the platform from scratch. The page brings together information from the CFA, Bureau of Meteorology and VicRoads to provide a one stop shop for residents who want to know about fire warnings in the area. The page also has a Twitter feed where people in the community can let others know quickly what is happening wherever they are. The project is live, and has been adopted by another nearby community in Aurora too. 

Good Cycles

Who: Good Cycles

When: December 2014

Where: Melbourne

Website: www.goodcycles.org/

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Good Cycles is a social enterprise. Their mission is to use bicycles to create meaningful & lasting opportunities for people & communities in need. They run a business that caters to the needs of Melbourne’s commuter cyclists, providing them with super convenient bicycle services right across Melbourne. The profits from this help to fund important community work as a registered charity, such as training disadvantaged groups of people to become bike mechanics, and train refugees to cycle in the city.

They worked with RHoK at the Melbourne 2014 Summer Hackathon to develop a 'frequent flyers' style app to encourage more people to come into their workshops. They managed to develop a working prototype. Unfortunately the app hasn't moved out of the development stage yet. 

Hot Spot (Fire Ground Information System)

Who: Hot Spot

When: December 2013

Where: Melbourne

Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-fgis
https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-fgis-p2p
https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-fgis-mesh-spike
https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/melb-fgis-navigator

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Hot Spot is a system designed to help firefighters. The changemaker came with the idea that firefighters all have personal smart devices, but official tools are just paper maps and radios. They worked with RHoK at the Summer 2013 Hackathon to develop working prototypes of a web-app for displaying and annotating maps, and some radio hardware for syncing data between fire trucks.