Robert Walters 2019 Hackathon - supporting the next generation of tech talent

The Robert Walters 2019 Hackathon took place in Auckland in September. Over 50 technology graduates participated in the two-day event solving real world problems provided by TVNZ, IAG and Robert Walters

We received over 300 applications to this year’s hackathon and the top 54 techies were chosen. Each team had a specialist facilitator who provided guidance and problem-solving advice. Teams presented their solutions to a panel of judges, including Milan Brown, Tech Area Lead at Westpac, Ratneesh Suri, Head of Analytics & AI at IAG and Richard Caccioppoli, Associate Director – Technology at Robert Walters.

The winning team developed a creative solution for IAG’s problem of helping people who cannot afford insurance recover from a time of distress. The solution was a system program that can financially help low income earners. 

Following the presentations, we ran a networking event, giving teams the opportunity to meet potential employers and build their network without the pressures of a job interview. Getting a job is a big jump for graduates - the Hackthon is designed to bridge the gap and help kickstart their tech careers. 

The tech industry in New Zealand looks bright with these graduates about to embark on their careers. This is the second iteration of the event run by us and we’ll continue to assist graduates with their tech careers by hosting more exciting Hackathons in the future after an amazing amount of support and enthusiasm from applicants as well as our clients. 

Eat My Lunch kept the hackers fuelled during the event. Every Eat My Lunch bought feeds a Kiwi kid who would otherwise go without. The 60 lunches we ordered meant that 60 kids also got to eat lunch.