Paddl Games Canon Hack Challenge Declared a Huge Success!
On 19-20 May 2017, the Paddl Games Canon Hack Challenge was launched at Canon Australia’s headquarters in Sydney. 30 students were shortlisted from over 400 applicants, representing nine NSW universities and two TAFEs to work in teams to conceive a solution to a customer service issue, build a prototype and pitch to a panel of judges within 48 hours.
Paddl Games was developed by Melbourne-based start-up paddljobs.com. Using a hack-a-thon format, Paddl Games engages students, graduates and employees in competitive teams to identify market opportunities and/or solve real commercial problems.
The standard of applicants received for the Canon Hack Challenge was outstanding, with students and graduates from a wide range of qualifications, experiences, age and backgrounds, including international students, according to CareerLounge CEO and developer of paddljobs.com and Paddl Games, Dominique Fisher.
“We were delighted to have had such a diverse group to present to Canon Australia in less than four weeks. Qualifications included Masters of Commerce, Business Administration, IT and Management; Bachelors of Biomedical Science, Commerce, IT, Finance, Applied Public Health, Medical Science, Accounting, Creative Arts, Laws and Computer Science; and, Diplomas of Marketing & Communications, and Software Development were represented across five competing teams."
Fisher explains that "some of the magic of Paddl Games Hack Challenges flow from combining students, graduates and employees in each team, so they all get the opportunity to learn from each other and use design thinking and cooperative decision making to surface new ideas. Our Hack Challenge partner, Edgelabs, worked seamlessly with us to ensure that the two days of the Hack Challenge were run smoothly and professionally to deliver considered outcomes."
The winning pitch has been developed by Canon Australia and was presented to customers on Monday, 3rd July 2017. All going well the new solution will be rolled out progressively to all customers by the end of 2017.
“The most exciting aspect of the Hack Challenge is that Canon has offered employment to a number of participating students and has committed to an ongoing internship program”, said Fisher.
The next Paddl Games Hack Challenge is on Monday, September 4 2017 in Melbourne.
Paddl, in collaboration with the Restaurant & Catering Australia, is creating Australia's first Hack Challenge for the hospitality sector. The Hack Challenge will assemble hospitality employers, service providers, the R&CA and relevant students and grads to address industry-wide issues and opportunities facing the hospitality sector beyond what goes on in the kitchen or restaurant floor.
Students and graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply - 30 spots are available. Applications open soon.