This session, we had our largest Hatchery intake to date. Out of 200+ applications, we selected 85 students to take part. This cohort of Hatchlings came from different faculties, year levels and a range of cultural backgrounds. Our diverse students make the Hatchery a truly unique learning experience and our Showcase last week was one inspiring evening! In case you missed it, here’s a wrap-up of the entrepreneurial projects the teams presented!

How might we (HMW) instil a sense of discovery amongst young adults new to our city for the best city exploration experience?

Andrew Ear — Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation (FTDi), Elina Cheng — Business School (Business), Jack Gelabert — Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) & Shreya Srinivas (FEIT)

At Sceen It!, we aim to put spontaneity into the lives of young adults new to Sydney, through an intuitive and real-time recommendation engine, tailored to what you love, near you, taking into account your budget and whether you work, play or study.

We needed to develop a unique value proposition that users would choose over other platforms. It’s been a long process and taken a lot of pivoting but we’re glad to be here with Sceen It!.

Empathy research and ProtoJam have been eye-opening experiences. The ability to approach complete strangers and ask for the iterative feedback has made a huge difference. This will definitely help us long after we fly out from the Hatchery.

How might we use technology to help millennials assess author credibility?

Melinda Bruning — Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Quyen Nguyen — Faculty of Law (Law/FASS), Tayla Price (Law/FASS), Rohan Thomas (FEIT) & Juanita Truong (Law/FASS)

Our chatbot seeks to help Millennials build confidence surrounding their daily news consumption, by providing users a convenient way to investigate an author’s background.

Through user surveys, we discovered that Millennials are skeptical of the news they consume, indicating they would benefit from additional context surrounding an author’s background.

We ended up going back and forth attempting to define a specific problem that needed to be solved. It wasn’t until we spoke to experts in the journalism industry that we were able to figure out where a gap in the market exists.

HMW enable people to effortlessly discover beneficial career options?

Dave Chandraratnam — Faculty of Science (Science/FASS), Kate Daine (Law/FASS) & Nick Williams (Business)

Our solution is a careers adviser in your pocket — an AI chat-bot that is free, always available, non-biased and constantly updating. It is hard making important career decisions as an inexperienced student.

The biggest challenge we faced was deciding how to constantly iterate to fit our solution to people’s needs. The ability to quickly make multiple prototypes enabled us to refine our solution to address people’s needs and confirm their issues.

HMW motivate university students to study by utilising social experiences?

Courtney Tong (FDTi), Jared Stoloff (FDTi), Maxim Evteev (Business), Nathan Bhomer (Business) & Khang Nguyen (Business)

Studybuddy aims to remove the stigma around taking that first step in asking a stranger for help. By allowing users to choose the students they want to engage with, the platform enables them to provide each other with various levels of support. By doing this we hope that students are able to boost their confidence and become more familiar with their peers.

We found it difficult to define what our problem was that we were trying to solve. We also learnt how crucial it is to communicate effectively, whether it be with team mates, the public or mentors.

HMW help small businesses maintain relations with customers?

Jersey Cavanna (Business), Najatu Ibrahim (Business), Stuart Kirkwood — Faculty of Design Architecture and Building (DAB/FTDi), Oliver Moor (FEIT) and Fabian Velez (Business)

Najatu Ibraham and Fabian Velez demonstrating the app their team developed using Google’s Cloud Vision API.

Our app helps small business owners who want to increase their social media presence and focus on their core business functions, by generating and automating the process of managing social media pages.

The group has had many surprise learnings, such as the need for empathising with people to validate the problem space. We also learnt that to develop an adequate solution one must gain feedback from people and then iterate and improve. Plus, we also learnt how using various frameworks can help form a business idea.

HMW increase collaboration between creative students across universities and the creative industry to bring more value to the arts?

Thien Bui (Business/Science), Nicole Cottam (FASS), Monique Liwanag (FEIT/FTDi), Alisa Parks (Business) & Navira Trimansyah (DAB)

Through Creative Jams of transdisciplinary teams for students across universities, partnering with industry to bring more value to the creative arts. The Jams will provide students with a unique hands-on learning experience, building skills and bridging the gap between students across creative disciplines and the creative industry.

Coming from diverse educational and social backgrounds, we had different ideas on what we believed was the most important problem to solve in the arts. In the end, we were able to combine our varied perspectives and work on a problem space and solution that we believe can make a huge difference.

Being able to make our project a reality and continue it after Hatchery is an unexpected but fantastic outcome.

HMW create a value network for small businesses that enables them to succeed?

Charbel Hajjar (FEIT), Sydney J Moncada Vargas (Business), Tiana Pirozzi (DAB/FTDi) & Kai Martin (Business)

The concept is to build a community of small businesses that are able to thrive by sharing clients, offering and exchanging their services throughout the journey.

There was initially conflict with the direction we wanted to take. However, in the last few weeks we came together and found a path to go down.

The design thinking concept wasn’t as easy to apply as we initially expected. It’s definitely a nonlinear process and the way we had to review every week was a key learning in refining our idea.

HMW use big data to decrease university drop out rates?

Catherine McElhone (FASS), Charles Quan (Business) & Samson Yau (Business)

Unibuff’s Samson Yau, Charles Quan and Catherine McElhone (pictured bottom left to right) listening on from the crowd.

Unibuff provides students and alumni a platform to share, exchange and review information about university courses, subjects and personal insights, supported by big data, learning analytics, and relevant and timely feedback. Our platform empowers students to be more confident in the decision making process to best suits their needs and career goals.

It was a challenge to establish a ‘how might we’ statement where there is a real demand for the problem to be solved. We enjoyed the encouraging and optimistic learning environment, as well as the overwhelming support and advice received from experienced Hatchery leaders and mentors.

HMW minimise the number of single use containers used for takeaway food?

Alana Birch (DAB), Gabriella Cheetham (Business/FASS), Marius Haisch (Business) & Tianxiang Miao (Business)

To provide a service that will help restaurants implement a reusable container for their takeaway food items.

It is scary to think that every takeaway container which has ever been used is still out there. Our idea is one small step to raise awareness and encourage businesses and consumers to consume consciously.

Consumers love convenience, so a big challenge was trying to maintain this yet in an environmentally conscious way.

HMW use media to help young people make informed political decisions?

Michael Djunaidi (Business), LuAnna Han (Law/FASS), Laurie Mac (Law/FASS), Tamim Rahimi (Law/FASS), Dhruv Saggar (Law/FASS) & Lik Wong Yu (Law)

Poli-list is an easy-to-digest website that removes human bias by providing a 360 degree viewpoint of political issues. If no information is available on a certain topic, Poli-list acknowledges the gaps and asks users to fill them.

One of the key issues we identified in our interviews was how our audience did not engage in political news often, and if they did, they tended to treat what they heard with scepticism. Further discussion showed that the topics they care about all have political undertones — all that is missing is a platform that empowers them to seek out relevant news and be informed to vote.

The biggest surprise of our Hatchery experience is that defining the problem is harder than finding the solution. Going through the Hatchery program taught us the importance of methodologically framing your problem first, before going crazy with ideas.

HMW improve social inclusion for the elderly by fostering inter-generational relationships?

Philippa Burley (FASS), Thomas O’Brien (DAB), Amy Promnitz (FASS), Corey Stidston (FEIT) & Louise Yeh (FASS)

Grandgram’s Louise Yeh presenting paper prototypes to industry judges Julie Demsey (SBE Australia), Matthew Childs (Wine Stash/Kidz That Move) and Henry Weaver (Fishburners).

Kick it old skool with Grandgram. Gather your brothers, sisters, cousins, second cousins, any fam you like to connect with your grand-generation. We’re looking to improve social inclusion for the elderly by fostering inter-generational relationships and revisiting the concept of the newsletter.

The elderly are not only a growing demographic group, but also a vulnerable one. That’s why it’s vital to navigate the pitfalls of social exclusion. One way we can help do this is by encouraging positive relationships between generations.

It was difficult to manage the expectations of the program and ourselves as we went into the program and our problem space with grand aspirations. But hey, it’s not entrepreneurship if it doesn’t involve setbacks and being resilient!

HMW encourage people to dispose of organic waste responsibly?

Ramandeep Kaur (FEIT), Mi Lainmar Oo (Business), Sergio Martins (FEIT), Natasha Peiris (Law/Business), Darshan Reddy (FEIT) and David Tan (FEIT)

Our solution — a three day camp for children aged eight to 12 involving indoor and outdoor activities, encouraging sustainability and recycling of organic waste.

Our vision is to create behavioural change through education. 18 to 24 year olds are the biggest contributors of organic waste to landfill, so we are trying to target children early on to change this in the future.

Conducting interviews to gain information about target markets was difficult. We had initial disagreements over solutions, but our final idea came together quickly, right at the end!

HMW assist individuals in connecting with beauty professionals?

Matthew Haywood (Business), Nizar Shami (Business), Kei Prasad (Science), Alina Sherbakov (FEIT) & Russell Van Laeren (DAB)

Currently customers who seek professional work do not have a platform available to them — there is a large grey area in the industry.

Our solution is an online platform that connects potential customers with professionals within the beauty industry. Users are able to view professionals’ portfolios, compare their work, while also being able to book them.

Time management and scheduling was our biggest challenge. We essentially had to balance our current university workload with an infant startup.

After our empathy work was complete we basically went to the drawing board, and would iterate and shift the idea every coming week.

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