Butler student shines at Hackathon

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Jayden Cook (third from left) from Butler College and Tiana Matthews from Peter Moyes Anglican Community School (fourth from left) won first prize at a City of Wanneroo-supported Hackathon.

BUTLER College student Jayden Cook is a member of a joint Butler College-Peter Moyes Anglican Community School team, which won first prize at a City of Wanneroo supported Hackathon.

The joint Butler College-Peter Moyes Anglican Community School team pitched the idea of large 3D interactive art on walls, that people could step into, take photos of themselves in and track locations using a phone app and map.

At the Hackathon, teams of students from six high schools were presented with challenges related to the City of Wanneroo’s rapid growth including employment, technology, innovation, population, business support as well as costs of living and housing.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the students displayed excellent resourcefulness.

“The teams were well prepared to confront the challenges presented to them and developed brilliant concepts to solve a range of problems, pitching their ideas to the audience with confidence and conviction,” she said.

“Hackathon participants were supported by mentors who work in the innovation, sustainability, technology and growth sectors, and who encouraged entrepreneurial thinking and enabled the students to think outside the square.

“These students are our future business leaders, start-ups and creatives and I was incredibly impressed by the depth of their ideas.”

The teams were made up of a mix of students from different schools to encourage collaboration and bring out new ideas to help them develop problem solving skills.

The Hackathon was supported by the City of Wanneroo and facilitated by Just Start It, an organisation which runs ignition and entrepreneurship programs for high school students across the state.

Lainey Weiser from Just Start It said the event gave students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking.

“The jobs of the future are uncertain because technology and innovation are moving ahead at such a rapid pace – industry disruption is common and that presents challenges for students trying to find jobs in the future,” she said.

The other competing schools were Ashdale Secondary College, Irene McCormack Catholic College, Joseph Banks Secondary College and Wanneroo Secondary College.