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Hackathon Reveals Humanitarian Problems Is a Key Priority for the Next-Gen Engineering Students

July 30, 2020 / Elle Hardy

Solving the world’s great humanitarian problems is high on the agenda for the global STEM community, and a recent hackathon at the University of Sydney showed that this is a key priority for the next generation of engineering students.

Over the weekend of 24 to 26 July, some 144 university students from 19 Australian universities participated in the RedR Ron Johnston Rapid Response Hackathon, hosted by The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering as part of the Humanitarian Innovation Awards.

The students, who were mostly engaged in STEM fields, were placed into groups and tasked with engineering cutting-edge solutions that could save lives and make a positive impact on people around the world.

The winning entry, titled H2ArchipelagO, was the brainchild of students Alex Hofmann (Monash University), Allan Soo (University of Technology Sydney), Ben Hofmann and James Hurst (Australian National University) and Emily Unewisse (University of Adelaide).