Bushfire Hackathon - Virtual Presentation of Solutions (VIC)

Bushfire Hackathon - Virtual Presentation of Solutions (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 is aimed at tackling bushfire recovery challenges through collaboration by many professionals across the water industry.

We were excited to bring you our Bushfire Recovery Hackathon; originally a one day event which became a webinar series at the start of Covid-19 restrictions but we are now even MORE excited to invite you to a presentation of all the innovative solutions by our nine teams in response to the challenge statements!  

We started the series back in June with a webinar presentation on dealing with disasters, which was shortly followed by the kick-off of the actual hackathon. Together with local water authorities, CMAs, local government, DELWP, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander groups as well as other water industry associations, we developed six challenge statements that focus on real problems important to those most affected. 


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

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

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?

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

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

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

Each statement has been supported by experts in the field of bushfire recovery & resilience management. They each have provided our teams with assistance & guidance along the way, to ensure real life practical solutions are presented and (hopefully) implemented by the industry. After the initial kick off, we had two check in meetings in July and we are now nearing the finish line of the hackathon competition!

At this final hackathon event, each of the nine teams (three challenges have two teams) will pitch their solution to our expert judging panel who will judge each presentation & solution on a number of key criteria before selecting a winner.

We are most fortunate to have senior representatives across the water industry on our judging panel:
Helen Vaughan – Deputy Secretary Water & Catchments DELWP
Craig Heiner – Managing Director, North East Water
Corinne Cheeseman – CEO, Australian Water Association
Juan Montoya Salazar – Environment & Sustainability Manager, Department of Defence

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

The cost to attend the presentation:
FREE to Hackathon participants & students
$20 for AWA members
$40 for non-members

 Hackathon flyer    Challenge Statements Flyer

20/08/2020 6:00 PM - 20/08/2020 7:30 PM

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