Webinar - Bushfire Hackathon Series (VIC)

Webinar - Bushfire Hackathon Series (VIC)
With Australia currently facing two major crises, we're fortunate to have a water industry that's adaptable and resourceful. Our Bushfire Recovery Hackathon aims to help tackle bushfire recovery challenges developed with many others across the water industry.
We are very excited to bring you our Bushfire Recovery Hackathon; originally a one day event now a webinar series!

We started the series with a webinar presentation on dealing with disasters. If you missed it, you can now watch the recording on our australianwatertv youtube channel.

Now it's time to kick off the actual hackathon and invite anyone in the water industry all along to participate!

Together with local water authorities, CMAs, local government, DELWP, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander groups as well as other industry associations, we developed challenge statements that are focused on real problems important to those most affected. 

Wednesday 17 June, there will be presentations on each of our six challenge statements by challenge leads who are experts in the field of bushfire recovery & resilience management.


Challenge Lead

Challenge Statement

Jason King (DJPR)

1. How can Traditional Owner values be included in the recovery process of recreating a healthy waterway?

Rod Curtis (Western Water)

2. How do we ensure water supply when grid power is unavailable?

Chris McAuley (Bushfire Recovery Victoria)

3. Restoring our catchments. What practical approaches can we take to fast-track revegetation and rehabilitation of our catchments to promote biodiversity, reduce water quality impacts and build resilience for the future?

Neil Plummer

4. How can we develop tools to provide early warning of bushfires before they develop to a level that is uncontrollable?

John Day (NEW)

5. How might we better mitigate impacts on fire affected catchments related to water supplies for drinking, domestic and stock use, environment?

Zoe Hines (SEW)

6. How do we optimise information sharing across agencies through the response and recovery phases and minimise duplication?

After this introduction, participants decide on a challenge they want to help find a solution for and form challenge teams. Each team is supported by the challenge lead and another subject matter expert as their mentors. This truly is a great opportunity to contribute to bushfire recovery initiatives and learn plenty in the process.

After the initial kick off, we will have two check up meetings in July and finish the hackathon competition 20 August. At the final hackathon event, each team will pitch their solution and a judging panel will select a winner. The mentors will assist throughout the process to keep every team on track and provide practical advice around the feasibility of ideas to ensure real life practical solutions are presented and hopefully implemented! 


VIC WEBINAR Bushfire Recovery Solutions Hackathon Kick Off
Wednesday 17 June
6-7:30pm EST
The event is now at capacity.

Hackathon flyer    Challenge Statements Flyer

2 & 30 July have been set aside for Zoom meetings for each challenge team.

VIC WEBINAR Bushfire Hackathon pitch presentations & voting
Thursday 20 August
6-7.30pm EST

Registrations will open closer to the date once we know if this will be a live or virtual event. In the case of a live event with catering, the cost will be $33 for AWA members and a reduced non-member rate of $44 to acknowledge the objectives of the hackathon (normally $77).
17/06/2020 12:00 PM - 20/08/2020 9:00 PM

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