Future of Automotive Tech Hackathon

11th - 13th May 2018
@ CreativeCubes.Co Level 4

534 Church Street, Cremorne, VIC 3121

General Information

Startup Victoria and GUD are proud to be hosting our first ever Automotive Tech Hackathon! We are looking for developers, coders, marketers, project managers, designers, data scientists, branding professionals, communicators, UX designers – anyone who can contribute to the ideation, development and execution of a product or service within the automotive industry!


Teams can either enter pre-formed or will be created from the pool of individual entrants, with the aim to have a similar, even skill level across the board. Once finalised, teams will work through an entire weekend to create a prototype for our panel of industry judges. The winning team will be the proud recipients of a $2000 cash prize, as well as being offered a place at our Automotive Tech Pitch Night later in the month - either as a pitcher for your own automotive startup, or in the marketplace where you can speak to attendees about your hackathon project or any other independent projects you may be undertaking.


May 11th will be the start of the weekend-long activity, where a group of teams will create, develop and pitch an all new business or product designed to address one or more of the problem statements listed below within the automotive industry. The event will take place at Creative Cubes and will be operating Friday afternoon/evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon. We are currently finalising the operating hours for the hackathon, but can unfortunately not provide sleeping arrangements.


Each team will be assigned a mentor team member from GUD, providing industry advice to ensure each prototype effectively answers one of the problem statements in a feasible and realistic manner.

Problem Statements


  • The average age of vehicles on the road in Australia is 10.1 years - that's a lot of dumb cars that will need to exist in an increasingly smart world. In a future of autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles, how can we make sure older vehicles play a part? We are looking for products and services that leverage new technologies to make dumb cars smarter for the benefit of end-users, and the world!

  • Do you enjoy getting your vehicle serviced or repaired? Unsurprisingly, almost eveyrone agrees with you - it's a necessary, but less than delightful experience. We're looking for opportunities to disrupt and improve this experience for customers - how can we leverage technology to revolutionise the way cars are looked after?

  • Alternative business models are taking over many industries - you can probably identify a multitude of different products and services available via subscription that weren't available just 5 years ago. But it's not just subscription services - direct-to-consumer offerings, and the gig economy (think Uber and Airtasker) is also revolutionising the way that we consume. Technology is a major enabler in many of these alternative business models. The automotive industry is ripe for this type of disruption. We're interested in new business models that leverage technology trends and provide customers with joy and convenience.

  • If you believe Elon Musk, electric vehicles (EVs) will revolutionise the automobile - at the very least, we'll have less emissions on our roads (but very long charge-times). What products or services are needed to develop a fully functioning electric vehicle eco-system, so EVs can actually replace internal combustion engine vehicles? ​

Entries are now closed. Thank you for the interest!

To enter is easy – simply register using one of the forms below - either as an individual or as a team. We ask that teams have at least 3 members, but no more than 6. For individuals and teams that wish to add more members, we will be facilitating this on the Friday of the weekend, ensuring all teams are equal. The deadline for entry is midnight, 30th April.


 There is no criteria to enter – as long as you can contribute a skillset to the formulation of an automotive tech prototype. If we haven’t listed your area of expertise in our form, tell us! Use the ‘other’ option and tell us where you will fit in a hackathon teams. If you are entering as a team, we highly recommend it includes members who fill the roles of coder, designer, marketer and project manager.


How To Enter

Friday, 11 May

6pm - Arrival, registration, networking, food & drinks

6.30pm - Welcome announcements

7pm - Problem Statement Presentation w/Amy Frangos from GUD

7.30pm - Scott Browning: Quickar Presentation

7.50pm - Team Forming Presentation w/Michelle Mannering

8.15pm - Networking and team strategy discussions

10pm - Finish


Saturday, 12 May

8am - Breakfast and coffee served
11am - "Lean Canvas" 1 hour business plan workshop w/Michelle Mannering

12pm - Lunch served

6pm - Dinner served

10pm - Finish


Sunday, 13 May

8am - Breakfast and coffee served

8.30am - "Pitch to Win" 1 hour pitching workshop w/Adam Slonim

12pm - Hacking ends

Lunch served

12.45pm - Intro to pitch session

1pm - Pitches begin (5 minutes each + judge's questions)

2.45pm - Judges tabulate scores

3pm - GUD closing remarks, announcement of hackathon winners

3.30pm - Networking and drinks

4pm - Event officially closes



***Workshops on pitching and other topics to be held throughout the weekend to be added***


Event Schedule

Katherine is a senior product manager at carsales who has developed, delivered and optimised online B-2-B and B-2-C products. With a focus on the people involved in the process rather than the process it’s self

 

Katherine measures success via customer speed, number of high fives and the amount of bad jokes the team tells.


Katherine Barrett is a traveller, connection artist and team appointed minimum viable adult. Having a professional background in law and public relations means Katherine has never met a good story she doesn’t love. She loves to question the concepts that have “always been done that way” and bring a new view to old classics. Having started her product management career by decommissioning a product Katherine has seen the birth, life and death of products and lived to tell the tale. With a love of shiny objects. Katherine recognises the importance of curation and clear purpose in product design.


Katherine Barrett

Known as the “Hackathon Queen”, Michelle is at the forefront of Melbourne’s startup, science, and tech scenes, helping to drive the city’s entrepreneurial culture. As a true, multi-skilled innovator, she is heavily involved in the startup ecosystem from facilitating and running workshops and events to speaking and more recently esports.


With extensive hackathon experience, we’re delighted Mish will be joining us for the Auto Hackathon to share her of wealth knowledge as both a judge and workshop leader.


 



Amy Frangos is the Chief Disruptor and head of innovation at GUD. She is an engineer, strategic advisor, and corporate innovator, working

 at the apex of innovation and collaboration. 

At GUD, she leads corporate innovation, providing strategic guidance to a passionate team of innovation champions and intrapreneurs, and start-up engagement, where she has overseen several start-up investments for the group.


 Not only will Amy be representing GUD and presenting the hackathon problem statements, she will also be judging the final pitches. Her expertise in innovation and familiarity with the problem statements give her an insightful and perspective from which to judge the teams at the end of the weekend.



Michelle Mannering

Adam Slonim

Amy Frangos

The Judges

Adam Slonim is the founder of Blended Learning Group which assists organisations with leadership through Emotional Intelligence, Communicating with Purpose, and Sales Capability.


Adam was also the first Australian accredited in the Breakthrough To Peak Performance motivation program. As an accredited Motivation specialist, Adam designs and delivers unique Change Management consulting and training programs that tap the high performance drive.


Adam is also an accredited Coach, and specialises in coaching as a means of turning individual and team potential into high performance. Adam has won a number of sales Awards, and has been recognised as one of Australia’s best trainers.




With a background including automotive, lifestyle and consumer electronics, Michael has 10 years of commercial Industrial Design experience.
Working on hundreds of projects during his time at Outerspace, Michael oversees and influences almost every project that goes through the studio. His strength is the experience to understand the rational and emotional needs of product users and apply them into every project to create user experiences that both function well and look beautiful.

Michael takes pride in his ability to take a conceptual idea and work closely with engineering and production to maintain the design intent through to final product.
He has also worked closely with industry groups such as the Design Institute of Australia and the universities, giving multiple talks and judging the graduate of the year awards.

Saturday Mentor - Michael Denham, Lead Creative at Outerspace

Innovation has been a large part of Matthew’s career which has seen him work on various projects in the automotive industry from prototypes through to new product implementation. Matthew’s career has given him a wide range of experiences from CAD through to Sales and more recently the challenging but rewarding Innovation Specialist role at Ford Australia. Matthew’s diverse skillset and knowledge has seen him work in a multitude of different roles across various industries with the common factor being change. Matthew has also worked for Edag Australia and Saab through volatile times leading to exciting opportunities and exposure to international business.


Saturday 12th, 9.30am - Changing Perception, Mindset and The Future with Matthew Lloyd, Innovation Specialist

Alan has a professional history in the technology industry spanning more than 20 years. During that time, he has worked in the Education, Defence, Resource and Health sectors delivering and supporting technology infrastructure and software projects.


Since 2005 he has branched out into operating technology based startups, with both successes and failures, that has provided him extensive real-world business knowledge. This practical knowledge of how to test and pursue ideas from nothing to give the startup the best chance of succeeding is similar to the now widely known and used Lean Startup methodology developed by Eric Reis.

Alan has a Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and is a mentor for Techstars and the La Trobe Accelerator Program. He is currently a cofounder of 2 startups, and is a Startup Victoria board member.


Allan will be available throughout Saturday as a mentor to participants. 


Saturday Mentor - Allan Dee, Startup Victoria Board Member, Founder, Mentor

Scott has over 20 years of experience leading corporate marketing, sales and internal communications for multi billion-dollar companies across consumer discretionary industries in Australia & New Zealand. He was Marketing Director of JB Hi-Fi from 2004-2015 with responsibilities for brand strategy, store design & development, omni-channel, 

digital innovation and communications. Between 2004 and 2015 JB Hi-Fi grew from 25 Stores in Australia generating $500M in revenue to over 180 Stores across Australia & New Zealand with $3.7 Billion in annual revenue. Prior to JB Hi-Fi he held senior management sales & marketing roles with Eastman Kodak. He is currently founder and CEO of Quickar; A startup seeking to empower communities with access to low cost and sustainable private mobility solutions.


Scott will be presenting about the future of the automotive industry, which will be invaluable for all participants. He will also be mentoring on

Saturday, 1-6pm

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Friday 11th, 7.30pm; Saturday 1-6pm Mentor - The Automotive Industry and its Future with Scott Browning, Mobility Futurist

Friday 11th, 7.50pm - Team Forming Presentation with Michelle Mannering, Hackathon Expert

Saturday 12th, 11am - Lean Canvas: 1 Hour Business Workshop with Michelle Mannering, Hackathon Expert

What does it mean to come up with an idea? What do you need to consider when you develop new ideas? The lean canvas workshop will walk you through the key points you need to think about when developing your ideas.

Known as the “Hackathon Queen”, Michelle is at the forefront of Melbourne’s startup, science, and tech scenes, helping to drive the city’s entrepreneurial culture. As a true, multi-skilled innovator, she is heavily involved in the startup ecosystem from facilitating and running workshops and events to speaking and more recently esports.

 Mish will walk you through what a hackathon is, the different types of hackathons, and what you can expect from the weekend. Once everyone is comfortable with this idea, we’ll then be breaking up into groups and forming teams for you to hack out your ideas over the next 2 days.

Known as the “Hackathon Queen”, Michelle is at the forefront of Melbourne’s startup, science, and tech scenes, helping to drive the city’s entrepreneurial culture. As a true, multi-skilled innovator, she is heavily involved in the startup ecosystem from facilitating and running workshops and events to speaking and more recently esports.


 This Sunday morning workshop will be led by Adam Slonim, founder of Blended Learning Group and Future of Automotive Tech Hackathon judge.
 This workshop is all about the final pitches teams will be doing for our judges, which will ultimately decide the winner. Not only is Adam a judge, he is also an expert in marketing, sales and motivational coaching, and is providing an excellent opportunity for entrants to hone their final pitches.

 During this 1 hour workshop, Adam will be covering 'the golden rules' of pitching,  assisting participants with streamlining the focus, intent and structure of their pitches.

 Adam Slonim is the founder of Blended Learning Group which assists organisations with Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, Communicating with Purpose, and Sales Capability. Adam was also the first Australian accredited in the Breakthrough To Peak Performance motivation program. As an accredited Motivation specialist, Adam designs and delivers unique Change Management consulting and training programs that tap the high performance drive.

Sunday 13th, 8.30am - Pitch to Win with Adam Slonim, Founder of Blended Learning Group

Friday 11th, 7pm - Problem Statements Explained with Amy Frangos, Chief Disrupter at GUD

 The first workshop of the weekend will be led by Amy Frangos, Chief Disrupter GUD. As our sponsors for the month of May, GUD have been providing us with the support, insight and knowledge we need to celebrate, explore and educate in all things Automotive Tech. They are also the authors of our Hackathon Problem Statements.

 This workshop will go through a more thorough explanation of each problem statement, ensuring all participants are adequately informed before they begin creating a prototype to solve these problems. 

 Amy Frangos is the Chief Disruptor and head of innovation at GUD. She is an engineer, strategic advisor, and corporate innovator, working at the apex of innovation and collaboration. At GUD, she leads corporate innovation, providing strategic guidance to a passionate team of innovation champions and intrapreneurs, and start-up engagement, where she has overseen several start-up investments for the group.

Workshops and Mentors

Contact Form

 - When and where is the hackathon?
The hackathon begins the evening of Friday 11 May and will end mid-to-late afternoon Sunday 13 May. It will be held at Creative Cubes, Level 4 534 Church Street in East Richmond.


 - How do I enter? Can I enter with a friend or as a team?
To enter simply scroll up to the 'how to enter' section. You can enter as an individual, team or with another entrant who is a friend. Use the corresponding buttons to enter as an individual or team. If you want to be placed in a team with another specific entrant, use the individual entrant button and outline as such on the form.


 - Do we need to bring our own food and drink?

You are more than welcome to - we will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day, as well as coffee (obviously!) and other hot drinks. There will also be points in the weekend where alcoholic beverages will be provided. There are also several cafes and restaurants in the area if you do want to venture out, and a Coles supermarket just a 10 minutes walk away.


 - What equipment should I bring?

We aren't providing electrical equipment so please bring your own laptops, chargers, monitors, USBs - anything you need to work! We will provide basic stationary items and access to whiteboards. There will be powerpoints throughout the space, but if you will be using a lot of equipment that requires a power source, bring a multi-plug.


 - How does accommodation and sleeping arrangements work?

We won't be providing sleeping arrangements within the venue, however there will be space for you to spread out a sleeping mat and sleeping bag if you want to make sure you don't lose any precious hacking time. There are also showers at the venue so you can wash and refresh yourself, so do bring a towel and toiletries.


 - Are there any limits to what I can make for the hackathon?

Not really! You are more than welcome to pitch a physical product as your end prototype, just remember it is unlikely you will be able to physically create it during the weekend. Creative Cubes is a co-working space - not a garage! Physical product entries could take the form of business plans, schematics, blueprints - essentially everything needed before the prototype is physically produced!​


 - How does intellectual property work with hackathon ideas?

All intellectual property is owned by the respective teams.


 - What are the prizes? 

The winning team will recieve $2000. In addition, the winning team will be offered a place at our pitch night in May - also centred around automotive tech. The spot will be either as a pitcher or in the marketplace​.

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About GUD

About Startup Victoria

GUD stewards a group of dynamic product businesses based in Australia and New Zealand, including market-leading automotive brands Ryco, Narva, Projecta, Wesfil and Goss. A commitment to innovation and high performance, and an assiduous focus on commerciality, has been critical to GUD’s ongoing success – the group has been listed on the Australian Stock exchange for over 50 years, and is included in the ASX 200. As thought leaders in the future of automotive, GUD is committed to working with and investing in entrepreneurs and start-ups working in automotive tech.


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