Circular Economy Resource Hack 2020

The Challenge

"How might we redesign, rethink, repair and repurpose spaces, places, materials, and systems within cities in order to progress social, natural and economic development?"

According to the United Nations 55% of our global population lives in urban areas, rising to 68% by 2050 (UN DESA, 2020). This density of population has a major impact on global waste as cities are responsible for consuming 75% of the world’s natural resources. As the pace of urbanisation and its effects increase, the need to redesign, rethink, repair and repurpose the resources that contribute a staggering 50% of global waste (Circular Cities, 2020) within our cities has become critical.  

The UNSW Circular Cities Hackathon asks participants to question and reimagine the existing systems within the City of Sydney; including buildings, spaces, mobility systems, experiences, and products, and propose new solutions underpinned by circular economy principles. While designing for Sydney, it is important to think globally. To make your idea part of the global agenda, consider the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Circular economy principles which aim to eliminate waste have the potential to contribute to more sustainable cities that reduce wasteactivate space, and promote positive social and economic change. While digital solutions often support and streamline services this hackathon is asking participants to engage with physical and tangible interventions in the City of Sydney. 

Limited spots available so sign up now! 
 

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What you can expect

Frequently Asked Questions

First up, it’s nothing scary or illegal! Some hacks (including this one) don’t even involve computer programming. A hack is an event, usually occurring over a few days, that encourages people to collaborate in an intensive way to help solve a problem.

What makes a hack so rewarding is the intensity of the experience- you’ll form fast friends and come up with solutions quickly- and the fact that you get to see the outcomes of all that collaborating really quickly. The magic happens when people from all different backgrounds come together and spark ideas in one another that alone, they would never have thought of.

The Hack is open to everyone. However, In order to compete for the prizes you must have a UNSW staff, student, or alumni as one of your team members.

We’d love to see students from all faculties participating! Whether you’re a student from the Business School, Arts and Social Sciences, Medicine, Law or Engineering (or anything else we’ve missed!) your skills and perspectives will be vital and put to good use. There is no prerequisite knowledge needed- we’ll teach you the techniques and methods to produce a business model.

No programming experience is required!

Teams will need to have 2-5 members. There are 3 ways to create a great team: 

  1. Come to our workshops prior hackathon: Digital Lean Canvas Workshop and Circular Economy Treasure Hunt. There you will have the opportunity to get to know people with your same interests and work together in fun tasks! 
  2. Join the Slack group and fill up your bio: add your photo, skills, degree, interest and superpower. Join the “Find Your Team” channel and start socialising and finding your hack mates! Once you find some mates make your own channel and invite those potential team members for a chat.*
  3. You can join the hackathon as a team. Register as an individual in Eventbrite and on Friday night we will grab all of team members details so you can participate together.

By Friday night, you will probably have a wonderful team! Just in case you are having trouble finding the right fit, the facilitators will be on hand to help with the formation of teams.

*Note: you will need to register for the event before you can access the Slack Group.

Criteria

Guiding Question(s)
INNOVATION (the idea) Need: Does the project identify a compelling need and present a clear solution to a local or global challenge?
  Originality: How bold or fresh is the idea driving this project?
   
IMPACT (the idea’s potential) Growth: Is the potential for the concept to grow or scale explained?
  Sustainability: Does the project demonstrate the ability to sustain itself in the long term?
  Growth & Sustainability: Is the potential for the concept to grow, scale and sustain explained?
  Metrics: Are the metrics for measuring impact and success explained?
  Business Model: Does your idea fit the circular economy model?
   
IMPLEMENTATION (how the idea will happen) Budget: Does the applicant/team provide a coherent, detailed budget?
  Timeline: How feasible is the timeline for implementation and is it well thought out?
  Risks: Does the applicant/ team address risks and challenges and how they will overcome them?
  Feasibility: How feasible is the implementation and is it well thought out?
   
PRESENTATION Presentation: Is the overall aesthetic and appearance of the executive summary and slides clear, consistent and effective?
   
STRUCTURE OF PITCH Structure: Is the team’s pitch organized, clear and concise? Does the team allocate time for questions?
   
DELIVERY OF PITCH Delivery: Does the team effectively use professionalism, confidence, posture, eye contact and tone to communicate their idea?

The participants will have access to coaching sessions. All teams will have the opportunity to meet with a one-on-one coach to continue working on their startup idea or even create a new one now that you have gained new skills 😊  We offer a great range of options for you to keep on learning and develop your ideas at the MCIC and the best of all IT IS FREE! Check all our programs here.  

We know that you have other obligations and a full weekend is a big commitment, however at least half of your team needs to be present during the weekend workshops. Everyone needs to sign in once each day (to show you have attended for a portion of each day of the weekend) and your whole team needs to be in attendance at the final pitch! 

 All IP is owned by the participants. Please be aware that just having an idea doesn’t count as IP. Please refer to the MCIC Hack Code of Conduct

Absolutely. Participating students agree to abide by their respective university’s Code of Conduct. Regarding information related to ownership and IP, please refer to your relevant Hack Code of Conduct webpage below. 

UNSW Hack Rules              UNSW Code of Conduct 

Your team will work on an amazing idea to create Circular Cities. You will have four (4) check points from Friday to Sunday for us to check your progress. During those 2.5 days we will have wonderful mentors to help you and on Sunday afternoon you will pitch your super innovative idea.  

We take you through the whole process from finding a problem worth solving to pitching an idea that could change the world. It's busy and challenging but oh so rewarding. 😃 

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According to the United Nations 55% of our global population lives in urban areas, and by 2050 this number will rise to 68% (UN DESA, 2020). This density of population has a major impact on global waste as cities are responsible for consuming 75% of the world’s natural resources, contribute a staggering 50% of global waste, and are responsible for 60-80% of the world’s production of greenhouse gases (Circular Cities, 2020). As the pace of urbanisation and its effects only increase, the need to redesign, rethink, repair and repurpose the resources within our cities has become critical.  

  

The UNSW Circular Cities Hackathon asks participants to question and reimagine the existing systems within the City of Sydney; including buildings, spaces, mobility systems, experiences, and products, and propose new solutions underpinned by circular economy principles. Circular economy principles which aim to eliminate waste and embed a cyclic use of resources into systems have the potential to contribute to more sustainable cities that reduce waste, activate space, and promote positive social and economic change.  

  

While digital solutions often support and streamline services this hackathon is asking participants to engage with physical and tangible interventions in the City of Sydney.  

  

Sources:  

  

UN DESA | United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 2020. 68% Of The World Population Projected To Live In Urban Areas By 2050, Says UN | UN DESA | United Nations Department Of Economic And Social Affairs. [online] Available at: <https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/population/2018-revision-of-world-urbanization-prospects.html#:~:text=Today%2C%2055%25%20of%20the%20world's,increase%20to%2068%25%20by%202050.> [Accessed 20 August 2020]. 

  

Ellenmacarthurfoundation.org. 2020. Circular Cities. [online] Available at: <https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/circular-economy-in-cities> [Accessed 20 August 2020]. 

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