The MMIC Hackathon

Recently the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre hosted the inaugural online Hackathon, in partnership with BehaviourWorks Australia and Wyndham City Council. Titled, ‘Designing behavioural solutions to industry problems: Inclusive employment practices for Wyndham City Council’, the Hackathon sought to advance behaviour change skills and knowledge in designing strategies to promote diversity and inclusion in local government councils.

The Hackathon involved five student groups with over 20 participants from both the MMIC Next Generation Network (NGN) and the BehaviourWorks Australia, Graduate Research Industry Partnerships (GRIP) cohort. Each group worked with a dedicated industry mentor to create innovative solutions for inclusive employment for Wyndham City Council that would be scalable and adaptable to other local councils and organisations. Groups pitched their work to industry critical friends including CEOs and Managers  from Inclusive Australia, Welcoming Cities, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and the Incubate Foundation.

We congratulate all students, ECRs, and mentors for the high quality and professional delivery of their  pitch presentations to the panel of critical friends. Special congratulations go to our Hackathon winners from the group ‘Leading by Example’ who pitched ‘Up & Up: Diversifying Leadership at Wyndham’. The proposed program enables equity in career progression of culturally diverse staff by upskilling existing leaders to promote equitable career progression opportunities and to enhance the readiness of culturally diverse stafffor organisational career progression.

The MMIC Hackathon will be an annual event on our calendar as it provides an opportunity for postgraduate students and ECRs to take  their research expertise in different directions, and to different sectors, to work with industry partners in real world scenarios, to innovate and provide solutions for organisations and the wider community.