Getting millennials involved at #GradHack

By David Donaldson

Wednesday September 7, 2016


How can more millennials be convinced to join the Australian Public Service?

That’s one of the five challenges that will be presented to participants in Thursday’s #GradHack in Canberra, which will see graduates of the 2016 cohort come up with innovative ideas to help solve a range of problems.

Up to 700 APS graduates will take part in the largest hackathon specifically for government employees tomorrow. Teams of 20 will compete to solve problems for five agencies.

Participating grads will be assigned one of five challenges involving: sparking interest in “mind-blowing” public sector STEM careers of the future; digital citizenship for a digital age — streamlining identification processes and overcoming inter-agency information sharing limitations; better engaging young men and women around the issue of domestic violence; and better attracting millennials to the APS.

The Department of Defence wants to reach potential recruits while they’re studying to make sure they are employable in their field of interest when they finish school. It’s planning to roll out a campaign early next year to target future STEM-related employees, noting that women are still significantly under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is concerned about the burden its identity requirements and processes can place on people, which is exacerbated by issues around information sharing with other organisations, such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It wants graduates to come up with ideas for streamlining some of its processes to make customer experiences better.

The grads will spend the morning developing their pitch, then will set up a stall in the hackathon pop up market to convince observers to vote for their idea. The top three teams will pitch their concept to the whole marketplace. The event has been designed to provide graduates an opportunity to network with graduates outside their own agencies.

The APSC is looking for people to attend and vote on the ideas presented. Doors for voters will open at 1.15pm at Australian Institute of Sport main arena in Canberra. Winners will be announced at 3pm.

Although the commission wants hackers to do their own research to come up with original ideas, it does provide some background information, including this infographic on myths and facts about millennials.

More information is available at the APSC site.

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