Hackathon success for Dunstan students
Five Dunstan High School science students’ startup idea that earned them second place in New Zealand’s first hackathon event is taking them to France.
The students were surprised with the news at their school assembly on Friday.
ActInSpace NZ Event Director Kelsi Doscher said the 24-hour hackathon - ActInSpace NZ - held in Christchurch last month, asked participants to reimagine uses for existing space technology and apply space data to new applications. The New Zealand event was one of 71 similar events that took place simultaneously around the world.
The judges, mentors and organisers were impressed by the creative and commercial savvy pitch from the students, she said.
‘‘They pitched an augmented reality app that would allow artists a place to connect to commercial opportunities while reducing graffiti in the real world.’’
The winning team will travel to France on June 27 to pitch their startup idea to an international panel of judges at the ActInSpace International Final at the Toulouse Space Show.
While not about to compete in the final, The New Zealand Space Agency and CSST had worked with Airbus in France to facilitate an opportunity for the students to pitch their idea during the Toulouse Space Show.
‘‘They won’t compete in the final but will be able to pitch their idea in front of an international audience of startup investors and key space industry players and learn from the experience.’’
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Damien Miller, Andre Schaap, Justin Tudor, Ruby Shaw and Jake O’Malley.