ECR Design Thinking Hackathon

Translating knowledge into policy is a complex challenge. It might be described as a 'wicked problem'. How might a Design Thinking approach assist in better identification of issues to be addressed and processes to pursue for implementation policy?

We asked 50 Early Career Researchers four questions:

How might we use implementation science to influence PRACTICE for long term positive change?
How might we use implementation science to influence POLICY for long term positive change?
How might we use implementation science to influence FUNDING for long term positive change?
How might we use implementation science to influence RESEARCH for long term positive change?

Over three sessions, early career implementation scientists from a range of backgrounds and professions, learnt strategies of empathic discovery, problem interrogation, creative problem solving, ideation and design. Working in small teams they devised applicable solutions to a real issue using Design Thinking. Solutions were presented to a peer-reviewed panel of design thinkers and implementation science experts.


Announcing the Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the ECR Design Thinking Hackathon 2021.

Team 5, Zhi Yin, Jennifer Cohen, Jessica Stander & Ivana Ong addressing the issue of Nutrition Screening, related early explorations, problem definition, stakeholders and resolution finding in a well constructed narrative. Team 5's approach to gamification - examining how games work within the human psyche, and acknowledging the importance of habit formation - the presentation made clear the way in which the solution could be implemented to achieve desired outcomes. Gamification was used in a highly applied way, and the solution to the identified problem was realistic and achievable.

Watch the winning presentation:

Highly Commended

We are also pleased to announce the Highly Commended submission to the ECR Design Thinking Hackathon 2021.

Team 3 Evelyn Tan, Joel Koh, Tom Steele & Jade Mitchell's highly commended presentation, which focuses on communicating the benefits of evidence implementation to groups who know nothing of the field, presented an interesting and worthwhile challenge. This was a highly applied presentation that identified a solution that could be adapted easily in real life.

Watch the Highly Commended presentation:

Shortlisted Submissions

Team One

Team Two

Team Seven

Team Eight

Hackathon Facilitators

Associate Professor Gene Bawden is a communication designer and Head of the Department of Design at Monash Art Design and Architecture. Gene is also founding director of the Faculty’s Design Thinking D-Lab and Co-Director of XYX Lab, a research cluster focused on mitigating gender inequity through design interventions. Find out more.

Dr Julie Roberts is co-director of Monash Art, Design and Architecture’s D-Lab and an expert Design Thinking Facilitator. Julie has extensive global experience of applying Design Thinking methodologies across a broad spectrum of contemporary challenges with multiple stakeholders and organisations. Find out more.

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