Unitec students and staff took out top honours at the annual Datacomp Hackathon; a weekend-long event that challenges participants to design technology that creates genuine connections between business and people.
The theme of his year’s Hackathon was emotional experience and teams were asked to imagine and design a future where technology provides a deeper emotional connection and experience for people. Ideas are developed into prototypes over 48 hours and presented in a Dragon’s Den-style judging event at the end.
Unitec Bachelor of Creative Enterprise (BCE) student Tameem Saloojee took out the award for Best Student Designer and fellow BCE student Evander Steadman was named Best Social Master. Evander’s team “Taupuhipuhi” also took out the first prize overall for its app which was designed to address suicide.
Senior DCA lecturer Paul Woodruffe’s Piki project team developed an app “Piki” which focuses on creating connections, opportunities for work, and personal development for Auckland’s Homeless Community. Paul’s team also won top honours for the Best UX Design. The Piki project’s app was also chosen as one of two apps that would be funded to realisation.
The annual event, held in Datacom’s Auckland offices, attracted hundreds of Datacom staff, customers, volunteers and design students from across Asia and Australasia.