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Winter 2016

Spur Projects

Who: Spur Projects

When: June 2016

Where: Brisbane

Website: oldmate.spurprojects.org

Code: https://github.com/spuradmin/oldmate

Men aged 80+ suicide at a rate twice the national average, but as a community we can change that: This is the ethos behind #oldmate a project to encourage 100,000 Australians to take a pledge to spend one hour per month with an Old Mate in their life. This simple hour can improve their self-esteem, skills and mental health, whilst reducing isolation and other factors that contribute to poor mental health and suicidality. 

Once the pledge is taken, the #OLDMATE website contains over 100 activities that actively breaks down contributing factors of suicide. 

#OLDMATE simply wouldn’t have happened without RHoK. We originally had an idea for an entirely different project, but through RHoK's enquiry and feedback process, the final concept and platform was more more relevant, specific and powerful. It was our first taste of a hackathon and we can’t sing RHoK’s praises highly enough. It was a fantastic experience that not only lead to a great project, but lasting, meaning connections, too. 

Empower PaRramatta

Who: Empower Parramatta

When: Winter 2016

Where: Western Sydney

Community-driven solar power brings exciting possibilities to generate low-cost renewable energy in the city. However it also brings challenges, particularly  for many of the apartment complexes that are spreading through Parramatta and other urban corridors in Western Sydney. Is there another way?

Empower Parramatta was looking to raise awareness of community solar, plus develop a business model and technical proof-of-concept for a peer-to-peer decentralised energy network, targeting apartment blocks that currently have little incentive to invest in solar (distribution among different unit owners etc). 

The team brainstormed a proposal for peer-to-peer energy distribution from solar panels, so that users in e.g. apartment blocks don't have to use power companies as brokers if they want to share generated power with their neighbours. 

Accessible Australia

Who: Accessible Australia

When: Winter 2016

Where: Sydney

TripClusive helps people with a disability travel with confidence, autonomy and peace of mind. We do this primarily through a web-based platform where users can filter tourism venues and attractions, based on their type of disability. Using updated information, this saves people with a disability and their support people, time, money and energy. The platform additionally acts as a community and a portal for businesses to update their own information and as an accessible tourism resource.

Currently, after our first RHoK, we are working on a web and mobile prototype which will be based purely for people with a physical disability in NSW through RHoLLs and potentially another hack. Random Hacks of Kindness has been instrumental in getting TripClusive to where it's at today.

The RHoK team and the incredible group of volunteers who showed up were not only incredibly supportive of our idea but also were fantastic during the weekend and beyond helping us to turn our idea into a reality. 

Janubeard

Who: Janubeard

When: Winter 2016

Where: Sydney

Website: http://janubeard.org/

Beardometer web app: https://janubeard.herokuapp.com/

Janubeard is the world’s largest beard harmonisation event, with one unifying factor: respect and nurture of the beard for a month. It involves real men from all walks of life regardless of their culture, race, religion or beliefs. Janubeard took place for the first time in January 2016, with basically no budget, and a basic Website/ Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram presence.

The primary thing we worked on is the ‘Beardometer’, a web app that will allow users to share images of themselves ‘bearded up’, thereby changing the event from just a beard growing event for blokes, to an all inclusive event for women and children too. The Beardometer was originally intended to be mobile app based, but it turned out to be more than the team could achieve for both android and iPhone.

In the June weekend we also created a new logo and drafted a Marketing Plan.

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.