9th – 11th March 2018

Michael Crouch Innovation Centre


How might we improve the living conditions in one of the poorest areas of Bangladesh?

The densely populated Korail slum within Dhaka, Bangladesh is subjected to frequent fires due to improper gas and electrical connections. This has resulted in the residents building their new houses with tin sheets provided by NGOs to limit the spread of fires. However this has health and hygiene ramifications, with a distinct lack of ventilation and overheating.

The challenge now is to narrow down what YOU think is the most important part of the problem and create a solution!

What do you think is the main source of the problem? Will you try to solve the problem at the root, or work with what the residents have already created?

Welcome to the first MCIC hack of 2018, run in partnership with the Built Environment Faculty and the Yunus Social Business Health Hub at UNSW


Three epic days

Over the two and a half days, we’re going to work together on a solution for a real world problem. You’ll be mentored by experts, learn new techniques, collaborate with other students and pitch your ideas!

Meet new people!

You’ll need to collaborate with people with different skills and backgrounds, this hack will be a great opportunity to meet and make new connections with students from other faculties! It’s a great way to meet new friends, or reunite with old ones!

Free food and drink!

We’ll keep you fueled with meals and plenty of snacks throughout the hack to keep you firing on all cylinders!


In addition to knowing you’ve helped people in the Korail Slum, the winning team will also receive a $4,000 cash prize and one internship spot at the Yunus Social Business Health Hub at UNSW!

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hack?

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.

Why run a hack?

Hacks are a great way to get the ball rolling on solving a whole range of real world issues. They also help you build collaboration skills that are going to be a real asset once you’ve left university.

The reason we’re running this hack is that UNSW researchers has a case study about the situations in Korail, and want to have a fresh pair of eyes from a variety of different faculties to come up with new and exciting ideas!

What skills and experience do I need to join this hack?

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.

How are teams formed?

Teams will need to have 4-6 members with no more than 3 members in a single discipline. On the first day we’ll hold a team-formation pitch during which already-formed groups and solo hackers can pitch their ideas and join together as teams.

What does success look like in this hack?

This is a real world problem, so we’re after a viable and sustainable solutions to one, or several of the problems currently happening in Korail. This could range from an architectural or industrial quick fix, to a conceptual and educational social business model – whatever you think will improve living standards in Korail. At the end of the two and a half days you’ll pitch your idea to a panel of experts.

What happens after the hack?

The winners of the hack will have an opportunity to become an intern at the Yunus Social Business Health Hub! At the internship, you will have to chance to work on this and other projects!

Do I need to stay at MCIC the entire time?

We know that you have other obligations and full weekend is a big commitment, however at least half of your team needs to be present at all times!


If you have any questions about the hack, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.

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