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‘Hackathon’ brings great minds together to solve broadband issues in Melbourne’s south-east

30 May 2017

Business leaders, entrepreneurs and local councils from across Melbourne’s south-east will gather together for a ‘Hackathon’ to explore innovative solutions to improve broadband in the region – with some great prizes on offer for new ideas.

When it comes to affordable fast-broadband, Melbourne lags behind countries like Thailand and New Zealand.

On June 6, Kingston, Frankston, Monash and Knox Councils will partner with local entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to conduct a public ‘Hackathon’ to explore alternative solutions to South East Melbourne’s broadband connectivity challenges.

“Improving broadband services has been a key priority for a number of years and is vital for our business community.  We need to find innovative solutions to solve connectivity issues and we are confident we have the local talent and technical expertise to do it when we join forces,” City of Kingston Mayor David Eden said.

Broadband connectivity issues facing the region include problems in the local loop or the `last mile’; backhaul and data centre limitations and a need to better use the existing connections.

“The ‘hackathon’ will explore practical solutions for some of these very real business challenges,” said Eastern Innovation Business Centre and the Monash Incubator CEO Danielle Storey.  “This will be arguably Melbourne’s first public hackathon on this issue with participants able to pitch their solutions for a prize pool worth over $3000.”

The judging panel includes local council representatives, technology corporates and partners including Data61 from CSRIO, Monash University, and SEMMA (the South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance).

“This is a remarkable collaboration between four councils, entrepreneurs, industry, universities and the CSIRO. It really is a true example of local innovation and collaboration,” said Innovation Melbourne representative Taylor Tran.

Organisations taking part include Telstra, Optus, TPG, Siemens, Monash University, CSIRO Data 61 and the Australian Computer Society.

Details: www.connecthack.com.au

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