In semester one of 2021 students in our region will participate in the first Snowy Monaro Students’ Hackathon (SMaSH). We’ll be tackling the challenges of youth transport and you’re welcome to join.

What is it all about?

Have you ever felt frustrated by the lack of mobility options available to you? No buses, no uber, too far to cycle. Difficulties getting to your mates? Relying on your parents to get to clubs and sports?

If you’ve got some ideas for how we can fix this and you want to help create solutions, then join us in the first term of 2021 for the first SMaSH project. The Snowy Monaro Students’ Hackathon (SMaSH) is an opportunity for you to develop your ideas with help from experienced mentors in business and app creation.

Do I need to be a coder to participate?

No, this is a program for students with skills and interests in all areas. We need creative, legal and business thinkers, artists and designers, speakers and writers, as well as any coders out there!

What will I get out of participating?

The primary outcomes are real-world experiences of problem-solving and helping to shape your own career pathway. You can also learn to code. At the showcase event, three minor prizes will be awarded in social media, market research, and presentation categories. The major prize is the opportunity to pitch your solution to a panel of people that can support you in bringing your idea to market.

Who is running the hackathon?

The program will be led by Pip Ryan (barrister, ANU lecturer and Bombala resident) and Thor Slater (co-Founder of SMIN, Jindabyne), with mentoring from law students at The Australian National University and support from leading innovation and startup practitioners around our region, as well as Canberra and Sydney.

If you are interested, contact us at [email protected], or talk to the head of STEM at your school.