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Tech giants open doors to Hack-a-thon winners

Diana Robertson

A creative solution to facilitating remote and rural learning saw five students win the tech trip of a lifetime to the mecca of start-ups and innovation, San Francisco.


Taking in tech luminaries such as Amazon Go, Google, Facebook, Uber and Intel, and start-up The Antipodean, the study tour followed the team’s winning entry in the 2019 Hack-a-thon challenge.

The 24-hour design sprint event challenged 130 multi-disciplinary students to work together to test their problem-solving skills in response to the theme, ‘Connected Communities’, focused on creating equality in education around the globe.

The winning team Boxby created a router-like platform that could provide rural and disconnected communities with easy access to education data without an internet connection.

Their solution saw the students granted unparalleled access to industry experience and connections during the study tour, facilitated by RMIT and industry partner Capgemini.

Capgemini Australia and New Zealand Vice President Amit Singhania said: “We live the RMIT University mantra of ready for life and work in our partnership, so it was without hesitation that we leveraged our industry connections to provide unprecedented access to tech giants in the heart of Silicon Valley for the winners as part of our Hack-a-thon sponsorship.”

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