There's An Australian Hackathon Trying To Save The Great Barrier Reef

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On 25 March the first ever "hackathon" aimed at saving Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef will be held at the World Science Festival in Queensland's Townsville.

"Innovation, Evolution and Education are all keys to securing human longevity," the World Science Festival site reads. "So how would you use these tools to save the Great Barrier Reef from declining water quality and climate change?"

Working in small teams over the course of the day, participants will use these tools to find solutions to problems facing the Great Barrier Reef.

With mentors such as Simon Raik-Allen, Chief Technical Advisor at MYOB, and Rowan Lamont, Design specialist at Designworks, guiding participants throughout the day, those taking part are promised knowledge and insights into the Great Barrier Reef, the opportunity to learn new techniques for problem solving and an introduction to design thinking methodology.

Myriad aims to bring the world's best technology, culture and ideas to Brisbane and explore everything from the future of fashion and how artificial intelligence will affect mental health care, to how sex-tech will affect our relationships.

You can register to get involved here.

Correction: This article originally included "The winners of the "hackathon" will receive flights and tickets to the three-day innovation event Myriad taking place at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Brisbane from 29-31 March 2017 where they will present their winning concept to the festival audience." which is now incorrect.

The organisers have today (14 March 2017) confirmed "Myriad will be giving away some festival tickets to some lucky participants who are involved. In addition we can't confirm the solution will be presented on stage as it will be dependent on the nature of the solution itself."

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