The Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces will host a joint hackathon to identify opportunities to strengthen sovereign supply chains this weekend.
Known as #ANZDFhack, the online event will be held from 15 to 17 May and will identify innovative solutions to supply-chain issues, which underpin Defence’s ability to mobilise quickly when responding to a crisis or threat.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the hackathon would leverage the ingenuity of technological specialists across the two nations to enhance sovereign capability.
“The strength of the Australia-New Zealand relationship is more important than ever, and now is the optimum time to build networks and find self-reliant capability solutions with our close partner and friend across the Tasman,” Minister Reynolds said.
The hackathon is expected to generate executable submissions including prototypes, applications and algorithms.
Software developers, innovation specialists, 3D experts and prototype development specialists will be invited to engage with each other and Defence.
Winning and shortlisted concepts will progress through innovation programs, mentoring, real data, funding streams or ongoing support.
The event is being coordinated by the Australian Defence Force, and will be executed by the Australian Computer Society.
The virtual hackathon begins 7pm Sydney time or 9pm New Zealand time on Friday 15 May and concludes 7pm Sunday 17 May.
More information about #ANZDFhack is available at here.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Australia’s Minister for Defence* said in her press release that this joint Aust/NZ event was designed to “identify opportunities to strengthen Australia’s sovereign supply chains”. I’m not sure the Kiwi’s would be happy with such a one-sided ambition for this joint activity.
The minister* also said this three day event would take 48 hours.
*While the notification came from the minister’s office, it’s probably a safe bet that a junior minion actually wrote it, without adequate supervision 😉
On a side note, I watched Minions on Foxtel last night – quite humorous (especially after a snifter of Irish whiskey).