The Hack4Cities event is a key part of Landcom’s schools program, which creates unique experimental learning opportunities for students.
The inaugural Hack4cities brought together students from public and independent schools in Western Sydney with Western Sydney University, the private sector, and local and state governments, to explore solutions to community-based problems around the future of work.
The approach recognises that developing students’ critical thinking skills and instilling a collaborative approach to problem-solving is essential to equip them to deal with these challenges.
Stage 4 students were assisted by dedicated mentors from participating organisations to come up with solutions to set challenges. Students worked with mentors from Landcom, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation, NAB, Western Sydney University, Western Sydney Local Health District and Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Cumberland and Parramatta councils, who pinpointed the region’s most pressing issues.
Students explored the theme of the future of work, including the quality of long-term health, youth engagement, education, heritage and the new aerotropolis at Badgery’s Creek.
The students collaborated in small groups to explore the problems, whilst being adaptive, resilient, creative and innovative in the process.
At the end of the event, students pitched their solutions to a panel of judges and prizes were awarded for the most innovative and practical options.