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Is everything hackable?

Is everything hackable? Yeah, I think so. Does hacking known problematic student administration-style services and ‘wicked problems’ potentially lead to better teaching and learning outcomes and experience for students, staff and the university? Could it be done in 36 hours? That’s the answer I wanted to find out when I attended Monash University’s HackMon.

First up, introductions. This is where each team pitched their initial project idea with the hope of attracting new team members to help them solve their wicked problem.

Academic director of MU-OLT, Kris Ryan provides a teaching and learning context during his introduction on the morning of the first day.

Detail from the imagination wall, a breakdown of hackathon activities over the next two days, with pre-hack events.

Hackathon breakdown, including pre-hack activities. Next steps/post-hack-style activities could also be worth mentioning…

And then it started, which was awesome.

There was a whole lot of activity, including much horse trading and team building.

Taking a break for lunch on the first day. Great view from the seventh floor of 271 Collins Street.

Themes by project teams – Digital assistants (“What now and how?”), Resource/facilities management and Scheduling (What can I use?), status dashboards (“What and when?”)

A different way of looking at things

A different way of looking at things.

You ledge.

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Benches.

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Ledge.

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Knowing where to look

Great examples of a complete understanding of where the audience is most likely going to engage with content – on a fence while walking through an entrance to the station and (on the ground while they look down at their device) as they wait for their train. Great stuff.

Signage on fence located near entrance to station. Commuters gaze most likely to be engaged at this eye level.
Signage on station platform. Commuters gaze most likely to be engaged at this eye level while using their device.
Signage on train exterior. Commuters are most likely going to observe while waiting for their train on the opposite platform.
Detachable information hangar located on handrail inside bus. Placement means commuters are most likely to engage with content.
Keeping travellers informed with updates.
Keeping travellers informed with updates.