Hacking Sydney’s congestion @ CongestionHack Part 7of 7 (Reflections)
We reconnected a couple of days following the Hackathon and sent out another online poll asking everyone to respond on what they learned from the Hack experience and whether they would consider participating in a future Hackathon. Team responses included:
- “Definitely the team (great personalities and commitment to the cause), how we worked together, the process (design led innovation, design thinking and lean canvas), the energy and help from the Open Data Transport NSW team. And of course the excitement of having our idea validated by winning.”
- “I felt like our hard work and dedication didn’t go in vain as our idea was recognised and awarded. The most valuable aspect of the weekend would be definitely the skills that I gained whilst working towards a solution and the various approaches we took , like crazy 8 , lean canvas , design thinking etc to come up with the Traveller Eye solution in consensus with the team. It was amazing to witness how each of our individual work contributed towards winning the congestion hackathon.”
- “The most valuable part of the weekend was ideating with my team. We were put together at the last minute, so I didn’t know all the members of the team. We were a very diverse group of people, I think that worked well to generate really unique ideas. This was evident during the ideation workshops that Rajesh conducted. We all had very different ways of thinking which helped to create several very unique ideas. Another very valuable part of the weekend was learning how to use Tableau. While I’m still no expert, it was great to get to learn a new tool and it has inspired me to continue to improve my data visualisation skills.”
- “The process — I thoroughly enjoyed the process which we followed. How we kept on pivoting the idea from Friday evening to almost Saturday night. Later, how we finalised Louise’s input was interesting. The network I got within the team and external mentors are of great value. I am surprised with the critical skills which team members brought to the table. Especially, Yan’s patience in explaining what she has analysed from the data. Rajesh personality of being calm throughout the process. Louise’s problem solving and analysing skills. Prakash’s effort to put the idea in a written document. It was interesting to work with talented people.”
Big appreciation to Transport NSW for organising the event and in particular our Mentors Richard Tubb and Alex Felman who provided us with the right amount of criticism meets encouragement, our Advisers Dominique Winn and Sally Garman for sharing their expert insights and to Yvonne Lee & team for their excellence in event organisation.