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Spur Projects

Who: Spur Projects

When: June 2016

Where: Brisbane



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. 

Arthritis Queensland

Who: Arthritis Queensland

When: Summer 2015

Where: Brisbane

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RHoK helped AQ develop a tool called AQDA which allows GPs to more easily identify a dangerous form of inflammatory arthritis. Through consultations with GPs and specialist rheumatologists, they identified that the tool needed to be simple and effectively used in under 10mins. The AQDA asks a few quick questions about the patient’s history and symptoms and determines the likelihood the patient has inflammatory arthritis. The tool also provides the GP and patient with information resources and referral pathways. 

At the Brisbane Summer Hackathon 2015, the team were able to develop functioning and marketable MVP. The MVP works through four example questions then lands on a page in which it states the likely nature of the disease (inflammatory or  not) and lists specific conditions warranting further investigation.  By clicking on a condition listed, the MVP re-directs the user to our information sheets on each condition. There is also a button called “patient resources” which links to a library of patient education material. The “generate referral” button opens up a mock data base of specialists. Once a specialist is chosen, a word document is opened containing a blank referral template, which in the final product will be populated by the information provided by the questions.

Thanks to RHoK, Arthritis Queensland is now able to use the MVP to seek funding for the full product, with the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of people newly diagnosed with arthritis

Gifts 4 Good

Who: Gifts 4 Good

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Brisbane


Gifts4Good is a social enterprise with a mission to connect online consumers, businesses and charities for the benefit of all.  RHoK assisted Gifts4Good with the development of a plugin for its online shopping platform at the Brisbane Winter Hackathon in 2015.  

6 months later, at the Brisbane Summer Hackathon 2015, a RHoK team prepared a pitch presentation for a new business stream selling charity experiences and group volunteering. And with focused and excellent teamwork, a prototype for a new online portal, Experiences4Good, was also developed over the weekend.

Help Me With It

Who: Help Me With It

When: Summer 2015

Where: Brisbane


The mission of Help Me With It is to connect individuals who need help to do one-off tasks with individuals who can volunteer their time to fix, clean, care, shop, transport, garden, sort, teach and more. There is no service like this in the not-for-profit sector. This is a digital disrupter in the social service and volunteering sectors. 

During RHOK, the Help Me With It team started to build a minimum viable product in Ruby on Rails. They used a Postgres back-end and ran it on Heroku. It was a good experience to help revise the functional and non-functional specifications for the platform and a great start to the build. 

Thank Bank

Who: Thank Bank

When: Winter 2015

Where: Brisbane


ThankBank aims to increase volunteering rates by raising awareness for volunteering activity and rewarding you for doing good deeds, starting with blood donations. Checking in with your good deeds provides a reward in the form of discounts and rewards from participating local providers. 

The Brisbane RHoK team designed and developed a minimum viable product (MVP) from scratch, which included an iPhone app, back-end administration site, and an accompanying public website. While fully functional at the end of the event, the app required a few more tweaks before going live. The solution developed in the RHoK allowed ThankBank to prove the idea and secure additional development after the event.


Who: Concierge

When: June 2015

Where: Brisbane


Concierge creates solutions for people needing health and medical support services in remote areas, in particular palliative care. The needs of Australians requiring palliative care, especially in remote areas, provided a unique situation to develop an open source geotagging search tool that any medical profession can adopt and specialize to their requirements. At the Brisbane Winter Hackathon in 2015 the technical team used databases and tagged them to respond to related searches. Then geotagged and linked the info to maps used as the interface to locate services quickly.  

The other half of the team developed a user friendly guidance system that helps people navigate quickly, even in times of stress and high emotion.  The result was a time line with flowing dialogues to help the user through the information finding process. The open source website works, but there is a bit of information to be added before it is ready for Palliative Care Queensland to assist its patients. The aim is that this concept can be adopted and used by all Australia's states. 

Crisis Mapping

Who: Crisis Mapping Project

When: December 2014 and June 2015

Where: Brisbane


Vast swathes of the planet’s land-masses aren’t mapped, mainly because the majority of mapping applications are powered by commercial sponsorships and advertising - which just aren’t present in most areas of the developing world. At the Brisbane Summer Hackathon in 2014 and Winter Hackathon in 2015, RHoKers contributed directly to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Missing Maps Project. The main goal of this project is to map the most vulnerable places in the world, to enable international and local NGOs as well as individuals to use maps and data to better respond to crisis affecting the areas. 

In the Summer 2014 Hack, we focused on mapping remote communities in West Africa, until, in response to an urgent request from the Red Cross for assistance, we diverted our focus to mapping the coastal communities in the Philippines in anticipation of Typhoon Hagupit making landfall. Our Brisbane hackers contributed to the fact that less than 50 lives were lost in this Typhoon. At the Winter 2015 Hack, the  team went one further and worked on improving the open source software behind the mapping itself. Their efforts were approved and to be incorporated in the software in the U.S.  

Tech Girls are Superheroes

Who: Tech Girls are Superheroes

When: December 2014

Where: Brisbane


Female participation in IT stands at a mere 25 per cent, against 45 percent for other careers. The Tech Girls Movement is an intervention program for girls in computing and women in the information technology industry to overcome this problem. Led by Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, the campaign aims to inspire school girls to take up technology careers. The campaign is based on an animated story book containing stories of 26 talented technology and engineering Tech Girls.

At the 2014 Brisbane Summer Hackathon a team came together to help define user stories and map out some strategic aims for the campaign.