Defence and Industry Revel In ANZAC Spirit At Hackathon

3 Jun 2020 4:21 PM | Deleted user

Over 400 Defence & Industry personnel across the Trans-Tasman border participated in an inaugural Defence-led Hackathon which generated an ANZAC spirit like no other.

ANZDF Hack was a two day online design sprint-style event (May 15 - May 17) that tapped into the creativity of the Defence, Industry (supply chain, logistics and manufacturing), Science and Academic communities to create solutions to Industry supply chain challenges that impact Defence.

Based on the recent collaborative efforts announced between Australia and New Zealand Defence Departments earlier this month, the hackathon was designed to establish pathways for investment and development for shortlisted submissions and winning teams in Industry, Defence and start-up programs.

The ASCI Community was invited to participate and the ASCI National Office and Committee Chairs represented in each area as mentors; participants; and as submission evaluators. Teams of up to eight were formed within the first four hours of the event to compete under one of the following five challenges:

  • Enabling policies
  • Manufacturing revival
  • Supply chain management and logistics optimisation
  • People, culture and wellness
  • Cyber resilience

Hosted by Australian Computer Society via Slack allowed for teams to collaborate, mentors to be assigned, announcements to be delivered with excitement using emojis feedback options, tips and resources to be shared and webinars to be held to provide vital best practice information from some of the leaders in their fields.

Encouragement to succeed for all was evident throughout the 48 hours which created an exciting atmosphere for all competing. There was plenty of reference to recent events (Bushfire and COVID-19) to stimulate discussion on supply chain disruption.

The reliance on overseas manufacturers/suppliers and disruptions to Defence was also highlighted. As the hours clocked closer to the deadline, participants were earnestly hacking away to completed their three minute video and word document submission on time and on point.


1st Prize : IBM sponsored $7000 awarded to Gaia Pod
Supply chain and Logistics optimisation focused solution using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

2nd Prize : IBM sponsored $2000 awarded to FVEX
Enabling Policies and Supply chain and Logistics optimisation focused solution.

3rd Prize : IBM sponsored $1000 awarded to Team White Hat
Cyber resilience focused solution

4th prize : ANSTO's Nandin Innovation Centre 3+ months membership awarded to Help from HeroesPeople Culture and Wellness focused solution

5th prize: DELL sponsored technology awarded to Zirkata
Supply chain and Logistics optimisation focused solution.

6th prize : Australian Defence Magazine conference tickets awarded to Team DA-SH
Manufacturing Revival focused solution

ALL FINALISTS - AMDA sponsored Avalon air show entry tickets + NZ Defence Industry Association 12 months ecosystem membership

Good luck to all who participated that you might be selected to drive your concept into a pathway!

A big thank you to Australia’s Department of Defence for inviting the Australasian Supply Chain Institute’s supply chain and logistics community to participate. This was an ASCI Endorsed event which awarded six continuous professional development points towards global certification or Practitioner Registration maintenance

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