Michael Crouch Innovation Centre

THE CHALLENGE

How might we use Virtual Reality technology to improve Health and Well-being?

Virtual Reality is an immersive technology which puts the user within a virtual world. How do you think we can use this to improve health and well-being? Health and well-being is a topic which everyone can relate to, and could range from community and social well-being to medicine!

During this hack, you will create your very own VR Application. With the help of our Founders in Residence V-KAIWA, who created VR Language Learning experiences which are incorporated into UNSW Language courses! 

      

Welcome to the MCIC VR Hack! Run in partnership with UNSW Engineering Faculty, UNSW Immersive Technologies, Entrepreneurship @ UNSW and Powered by V-Kaiwa!

 

Limited spots available sign up now! 

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WHAT TO EXPECT

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!

Prizes

In addition to learning how to create your very own VR app, there will be a grand prize of $3000 for the winners, and $1000 for the runner’s up! The top few teams will be offered a chance to continue their projects as a Student Led Project with the Faculty of Engineering, and will receive mentoring from V-Kaiwa.

THE SCHEDULE

Welcome and Registration

12:00PM

Team Formation and Persona Exercises

12:10PM

Welcome and Introduction

05:00PM

Welcome and Registration

08:30AM

Ideation and Personas

10:00AM

Research and Validation

11:00AM

Lunch

12:00PM

Rapid Prototyping

02:00PM

Mentors – Product Design

02:15PM

Mentors – Culture Knowledge

03:00PM

Welcome and Prototyping

08:30AM

Mentors

11:00AM

Pitching Workshop

02:00PM

Business Mentors

03:30PM

Welcome and Registration

05:30PM

Final Pitches

06:00PM

Lab Opens & Registration Begins

03:00PM

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Remarks

4:00PM

Expert Panel Discussion

4:15PM

Program Outline & Needs Statement

5:00PM

Idea Marketplace & Team Formation

5:15PM

Dinner Break

6:00PM

Work Session

7:00PM

Status Report 1 & Presentation

10:00PM

Break For the Night & Lab Closes

12:00AM

Lab Re-Opens & Breakfast

8:00AM

Work Session

9:00AM

Lunch

12:00PM

Status Report 2 (Plan & Prototype)

1:00PM

Final Work Session

3:00PM

Final Pitch Schedule Released

3:00PM

Final Submissions Due

6:00PM

Dinner

6:00PM

Final Pitches (Live for ASU, Recorded for PLuS Alliance)

7:00PM

Final Deliberation & Awards

9:30PM

Clean up & Depart

11:30PM

SMaRT Centre Tour

5:00PM

Registration and Welcome

6:00PM

Keynote Speaker

6:15PM

Team Formation

7:00PM

Networking

7:30PM

End of Day 1

8:00PM

Welcome

9:00AM

Ideation and Validation

9:05AM

Work on Ideas

11:00AM

Lunch

12:30PM

Rapid Prototyping and Work on Ideas

1:15PM

Mentoring

3:00PM

Work on Ideas

4:00PM

Dinner

7:30PM

End of Day 2

8:00PM

Welcome

9:00AM

Mentoring

10:00AM

Lunch

12:30PM

Work on Ideas

1:30PM

Finalise Ideas and Pitch Crafting

3:30PM

Pitch Video

4:00PM

Judging Pitches and Dinner

5:30PM

Final Thanks

7:00PM

Registration and Welcome

1:00PM

Keynote Speaker

by Professor Ong and Dr. Ang Liu

1:30PM

Problem Statement and Team Formation

by Dr. Rowan Braham, Dr Michelle Moscova

2:15PM

VR Programming and Designing Lesson

by V-KAIWA

Learn how to create your own VR apps with our amazing Founders in Residents, V-KAIWA!

3:00PM

Dinner and Networking

6:30PM

Welcome and Breakfast

9:30 AM

Work On Solution

10:30 AM

Lunch

12:30 PM

Mentoring Session

3:00 PM

Work On Solution

4:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM

Welcome and Breakfast

9:30 AM

Work On Solution

10:30 AM

Mentoring Session

11:00 AM

Lunch

12:30 PM

Work On Solution

1:30 PM

Pitching Workshop

3:30 PM

Final Pitches and Pizza Party!

6:00 PM
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 exercise which already-formed groups and solo hackers join together as teams.

What does success look like in this hack?

At the end of this hack, you should have a functional prototype to show everyone what your ideas are. As the topic of health and well-being is quite broad, we’ll be looking for innovative and fun ideas that shines as a unique experience for your target audience. At the end of the two and a half days, you’ll pitch your ideas to a panel of experts and a winner will be announced on the night!

What happens after the hack?

The top three teams will be offered a chance to continue working on this project as a Student Led Project under the Faculty of Engineering. Moreover, they will continue to receive mentoring from V-Kaiwa!

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!

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