Hackathon 2016 – Where Ideas Become A Commercial Reality…

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In December 2016, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand ran its first Hackathon. The exercise was a great opportunity for employees who would not normally work together, to join as a team and contribute ideas towards the commercialisation of a unique digital product. Over the course of two days, the 10 teams battled it out for prizes, utilizing the Fujitsu platform, RunMyProcess to develop their digital products and was an opportunity to demonstrate profound thought leadership.

Each team consisted of the following roles:

The Organiser – This is the team project manager, who is responsible for organising the team to help achieve its objectives. The Thinker – The ‘creative’ person who focusses on making the product appealing to customers. The Hacker – The strong, technically savvy team member that helps to bring the idea to life. The Capitalist – The person responsible for taking the idea to market and generating revenue. The Realist – The person who can manage the commercial aspects of the solution.

A number of teams are in the process of trying to develop the commercial viability of their products, most notably the winning team ‘Happy Health Hackers’. With a focus based initially on dementia care, the winning digital product could be extended for application in aged care and chronic disease management. The team have since applied for a Commonwealth Health grant in collaboration with Macquarie University’s Australian Institute of Health Innovation research facility and Twilight Aged Care. This exemplifies the co-creation of a digital Human Centric Innovative solution.

Photo L – R: Brad Freeman VP of Business Application Services, with winning team Happy Health Hackers Fiona Blakeney, Ian Hamer, Henry Sun and Rudi Meyer.

Thought leadership was demonstrated through several other teams who developed some inspiring product concepts after identifying existing problems within the healthcare sector, ageing population, asset management, task management and Government voting.

RunMyProcess offers a cloud platform to quickly and securely build connected applications that extend enterprise systems and processes to the people, software and things of the digital world. It is an award winning platform that connects people, systems, and data across the cloud. RunMyProcess integrates information from core IT systems and other collaborative solutions directly into the workflow to automate and streamline complete business processes. It also connects custom applications to cloud based apps, web services, social media, and on-premise applications. Fujitsu RunMyProcess enables secure real time collaboration between employees, customers, partners and suppliers so you can cut the time verifying and consolidating information – it can also be accessed from anywhere, at any time, on any device.

Further development on the Happy Health Hackers product is still on-going at this stage and we will keep you updated with further progress. A big congratulations to the Happy Health Hackers team involved Adam Sives, Rudi Meyer, Fiona Blakeney, Henry Sun and Ian Hamer.