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Watch Me Grow

Who: Watch Me Grow

When: Summer 2015

Where: Sydney

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Developmental and behavioural difficulties presenting in early childhood pose a significant disease burden with lifelong consequences. In this regard, 20 to 25% of children at start of school are “developmentally vulnerable"". The goal of Watch Me Grow is to give every child (in NSW initially and then across Australia) the opportunity for early identification. Capitalising on the high uptake of the immunization program, we hope to provide a simple and effective tool to GPs and other health professionals to do developmental checks during vaccination visits.

At the RHoK Summer 2015 Hackathon we were able to design a demo web app to be used using a link to trial initially as a research project enabling parents and GPs to use the webapp with the aim of identifying those children who display “red flags” based on parental concerns and then be guided through the correct pathway using standardised tools and an algorithm for further assessments and referrals. This diagnostic app will have a significant impact as early identification and intervention significantly improves the outcomes for both children and their families.


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.

Tall Giraffe

Who: Social Catalysts (Tall Giraffe)

When: June 2015

Where: Melbourne


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.