With growing humanitarian needs and limited funding, innovative solutions are vital to assist the most vulnerable groups in new and efficient ways.
Our annual Professor Ron Johnston Humanitarian Innovation Awards is a means of doing just that, by encouraging and rewarding university students to create cutting-edge solutions that could save lives and make a positive impact on people around the world!
The Humanitarian Innovation Awards consist of two parts. The Hackathon is a weekend-long virtual event where unversity students collaborate in teams to create a technology driven solutions to address a humanitarian challenge. The Innovation Pitch is a national submission contest designed for university students to develop an innovative technological or engineering solution and submit a video explaining their idea.
Our Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon is a weekend-long virtual event designed for university students to work collaboratively in cross-discipline teams to create technology-driven solutions for the most pressing humanitarian challenges.
Participants are asked to identify practical solutions for real and current problems from a current international humanitarian response context.
In 2020, the event saw over 200 students virtually come together to address topics including climate change-induced population displacement, educating for the future, aiding island communities and the provision of clean water.
The 2021 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon will take place 23-25 July. This year's event will be a hybrid, with a combination of digital and in-person activities. We have received great support from our partners RedR and are expanding our partnership to include RMIT, which will be hosting a satellite site during the event
The Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon is open to all undergraduate students across Australia. Registration closes on Sunday 4 July 2021.
First Prize: RedR Ron Johnston Rapid Response Prize (Prize: Medal and $5,000)
Pacific Telecommunications Council / Beyond Essential Humanitarian Internship Appointent
"Winter is not Coming"
Pacific Telecommunications Council First Prize for Best Humanitarian Digital Innovation
Pacific Telecommunications Council Second Prize for Best Humanitarian Digital Innovation
Our Humanitarian Innovation Pitch is a national submissions contest designed for university students to develop innovative technological or engineering solutions that support human welfare through benevolent treatment or assistance to people for substantially altruistic reasons.
Students are encouraged to select a real-world humanitarian problem and develop technology-driven solutions.
Submissions are comprised of a short video encapsulating the essence of a student's idea, accompanied by a written brief showing evidence of how each solution could be achieved.
Professor Ron Johnston Prize in Humanitarian Innovation Winner (Prize: Medal, $2,500, Cardno internship and automatic entry into hackathon)
Runner Up (Prize: GHD internship and automatic entry into hackathon)
"The Double A Team"
Latest rules will be communicated soon.
Open 3 March and close 30 April 2021
Evaluation criteria will include but not be limited to the degree to which the humanitarian engineering innovation:
In 2020, winners were awarded:
Professor Ron Johnston, Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Innovation (ACIIC) has worked for more than thirty years in pioneering better understanding of the ways that science and technology contribute to economic and social development, the characteristics of the global knowledge economy and the processes and culture of innovation. His special skill is based on the breadth of his knowledge across technologies and his ability to integrate them into a socioeconomic and environmental context.
These annual awards are named in honor of Professor Ron Johnston, to recognise his outstanding contributions as Director of ACIIC for some 20+ years.