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Commons Sensor

Who: Commons Sensor

When: Summer 2015

Where: Western Sydney


This project launched by Western Sydney University's Institute for Culture and Society, and aims to build a database of objects that belong to “commons” - public property, creative commons, open source software, communal spaces. The specific initial focus is on Parramatta, and the hackathon challenge was to be to find some creative ways to visualise and imagine some of this data in ways that will engage the Parramatta public. At the Western Sydney Summer 2015 Hackathon the team began work on mapping items and places belonging to the commons in Parramatta.

Maker Network

Who: Maker Network

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne



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

Open Food Network

Who: Open Food Network

When: June 2013

Where: Melbourne



Open Food Network is the first project by the Open Food Foundation. It is a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local and sustainable food. The Open Food Foundation is a non-profit, registered charity established in October 2012, to develop, accumulate and protect open source knowledge, code, applications and platforms for fair and sustainable food systems.

They worked with RHoK at the Melbourne 2013 WInter Hackathon to develop the initial Open Food Network application, which connected willing buyers and sellers of local, organic food in urban centres.