When it comes to the creative New World Order in Melbourne, career progression and problem solving is all about communality. I know: for six years now I’ve been a freelance creative and have spent the last three (most joyful and productive years) in co-creative, co-working environments. Leaving the corporate world behind isn’t about working from home and being isolated – these days, forging a brave life on your own terms is about harnessing collective knowledge and continuing your education by osmosis.
If you’re contemplating embarking on your great new creative adventure (I so hope you are!), why not try your co-working and co-creative hand at Pause Fest by participating in the TAC’s Pause the Road Toll one-day hackathon? It’s gonna be AWESOME (and not just for techies, either).
What’s a hackathon, exactly? Think about it as a creative incubator, a chance for innovators from all walks of life (geeks, business entrepreneurs, creative folks of all disciplines) to come together for an intense period of co-creation. Hackathons are often the way that new tech developments and game concepts come together, but they’re equally applicable for hacking our way through social problems. With this in mind, the TAC invite you to Pause the Road Toll at their one-day hackathon, a day dedicated to dissecting a road safety issue and finding a solution to save lives.
Next Friday 13th of February at The Cube from 9am – 6pm at ACMI Federation Square, participate in the amazing Pause Fest TAC Hackathon – where participants will be called upon to solve a live brief and present a conceptual technology idea whilst going in the running to win a $5000 cash prize and $70,000 fund to bring their idea to life. That’s just the ticket for them to say ‘sayonara’ to the office cubicle before making their way to the co-working studio of their choice! Registration is now full for the actual TAC Hackathon, but why not head along to your closest coworking studio and have a crack at your own ‘ideas incubator’?
At the Ruby Slipper studio (also known as the wonderful CoWork Co in wonderful Brunswick East), we came together for our own mini Pause Fest Hackathon. Below, meet an array of my studio mates: vibrant creatives who’ve hacked their way off grid. They’ve each an idea to share on ways to Pause the Road Toll.
Writer and sometimes salsa-badass Nell Casey of her eponymous business notes: