In November 2020, MMIC partnered with BehaviourWorks Australia and Wyndham City Council to offer a Hackathon event to postgraduate students and early career researchers.
The Hackathon was titled, 'Designing behavioural solutions to industry problems: Inclusive employment practices for Wyndham City Council'. Over five days, the participants in the Hackathon used behaviour change and migration and inclusion research skills and knowledge to design potential solutions to industry problems related to diversity and inclusion. A panel of critical friends from Welcoming Cities, Inclusive Australia, Ethnic Communities Council Victoria, and the Incubate Foundation reviewed and offered feedback on the innovation solutions.
Postgraduate students and ECRs from MMIC and BWA were paired in small groups to develop innovative and adaptable policies, practices, and strategies around inclusive employment for Wyndham City Council (WCC). These have the potential to be transferred to other local councils and organisations in Victoria and beyond. Each group worked with an industry mentor over the course of the week to develop their ideas and prepare a pitch which they then presented to the panel of critical friends.
Below, you will find a sample of the pitch presentation from some of the groups.