26/11/2022 - 27/11/2022 9am - 6pm
Kwong Lee Dow, The University of Melbourne
Electrical Engineering Club
What is SuperHack?
SuperHack is an annual engineering hackathon hosted by the Melbourne University Electrical Engineering Club (MUEEC), and is MUEEC's largest event of the year. It is an annual engineering hackathon where we invite female, non-binary and gender diverse students in years 10 and 11 from metropolitan and regional across Victoria to compete in teams to solve engineering design challenges based on a set theme.
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Being an engineer is all about innovation and problem-solving. However, oftentimes we can feel discouraged from engineering due to its reputation of being too abstract or gendered. At SuperHack, we want engineering to feel relatable and aim to teach young women, non-binary and gender diverse students the core concepts behind engineering through a fun and engaging challenge.
Engineering is a profession that is notoriously known for its lack of gender diversity, with women, non-binary and gender diverse people being an underrepresented group in almost every discipline. Today, only 13.6% of the engineering labour force in Australia is made up of women, non-binary and gender diverse people (source: Engineers Australia). This skewed statistic is something we at MUEEC aim to change.
It really is an exciting time to be a young woman, non-binary or gender diverse person choosing an engineering pathway as there are more opportunities now than ever. As such, we aim to attract and encourage more young women, non-binary and gender diverse people to take an interest in STEM based careers and debunk the gender stereotypes that exist through a fun and practical weekend-long engineering fest: a hackathon.
MUEEC hosted SuperHack successfully in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and after a 2-year break due to COVID-19, it is back for 2022, bigger than ever before!
Mentors - this is you!
Each team has 2 mentors who are University of Melbourne students - which is where you come in! You will work closely with your team to guide them in the right direction and assist with design and technical issues, but not take part in the competition itself.
This is an opportunity for you to develop your communication, leadership and interpersonal skills as the school students will be complete beginners to electronics and software. You will also be a role model to the participants, who may still be figuring out what career path to choose for their future, and as such, you will need to create and foster a close but professional relationship with your team.
We will provide you with all the necessary training and electronics/software knowledge in order to be fully equipped to guide your team. More info on this below.
Becoming a mentor is completely free, and includes perks such as free food during the event, a SuperHack 2022 mentor exclusive T-shirt and certificate, sponsor merchandise and more!
Applications close 18th of September midnight.
Be recognised with Melbourne Plus
Melbourne Plus is a new University of Melbourne program and is your opportunity to be recognised for your participation in co-curricular activities! It is all about rewarding the knowledge, skills and behaviours you develop when participating in these activities. SuperHack 2022 is the first student-run activity to be recognised by Melbourne Plus. A full range of student-run activities will be recognised from 2023 onwards.
As a mentor in SuperHack, you will be developing your capability in Community Engagement. You can read more about what this means via the Melbourne Plus capability page. Once you have completed your mentor role in SuperHack, you will be invited to the Melbourne Plus Canvas to reflect on how you have developed yourself in Community Engagement, then you will receive a digital credential that you can share with your networks!
SuperHack 2022 will take place on the 26th & 27th of November 2022 (morning to evening), the last weekend of November. This is the week after Semester 2 exams finish.
You will be required to attend one mandatory 3-hour training and evaluation session. There will be 3 time slots during this semester:
- Monday, 26th of September, 10am - 1pm
- Friday, 30th of September, 10am - 1pm
- Tuesday, 4th of October, 3:30pm - 6:30pm
You will also need to attend one mandatory 2-hour event briefing session in the lead up to SuperHack. There will be 2 time slots after exams:
- Tuesday, 22nd November 2022, 10am - 12pm
- Thursday, 24rd November 2022, 10am - 12pm
This year, the design theme is Automation and Productivity at home.
You will require a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) to participate in SuperHack as participants will be under 18 years old. The deadline for obtaining and submitting it to us is Friday, 18th of November. You will only require the volunteer check, which is free.
Please note that obtaining a WWCC can take up to 3 weeks, so submit your application as soon as possible.
When applying for the WWCC, please select these options when prompted:
- Do you know which specific organisation(s) you will be doing paid and/or volunteer child-related work for?: No
- Occupational fields: 52 Educational - Other institutions providing children's' study or training programs.
We will send out a submission form for your WWCC once you have signed up through here.
For any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com.