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    Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon The 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. 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 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. >> Go to website <<
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    Engineering is a Critical Enabler for Sustainable Development Speaker: Dr Tony Marjoram and Jacqui Bell In this webinar we will hear both global and local perspectives about how engineering is a critical enabler for sustainable development. The UN Millennium Development Goals were introduced at the Millennium Summit for the period 2000-2015, and have been hailed as the most successful global initiative for reducing poverty, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. The MDGs were superseded in the post-2015 development agenda by the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-2030 which aim to eradicate poverty by 2030. Tony Marjoram will look at the global perspective, examining the vital role of engineers in the MDGs and SDGs, why there is so little explicit mention of engineering in them, and how this can be addressed. Jacqui Bell will then explore the critical role the Australian engineering profession has in facilitating and translating global goals into meaningful action in Australia. This will consider how engineers must be an essential contributor to discussion, debate, policy and planning regarding action on climate change, biodiversity loss and equitable sustainable development. Thursday 24 June 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm AEST Engineers Australia members: FREE Non-Engineers Australia members: $30
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    How the EWB Challenge develops professional skills for participants By Grace Roberts and Bryce Neuman The Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenges encourage participants to engage with the complexity of wicked problems by developing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. They are university design programs aimed at first-year engineering students that bring real-world challenges to the classroom. Student teams respond to a design brief developed in collaboration with a community partner organisation where they propose a technical solution to a challenge faced by that community. Each year, tens of thousands of students participate in the curriculum-integrated programs at dozens of universities around Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. Since it began in 2007 in Australia, and 2011 in the UK, over 150,000 students have participated. The EWB Challenges aim to develop future-fit professional skills to tackle complex problems of the world, by situating technology within the holistic context of people, society, culture and environment. The vision is that every engineer has the skills, knowledge, experience and attitude to contribute to sustainable community development and poverty alleviation. This applies not only to the participating students, but also to the academics that are supported by EWB to deliver the program, and the industry reviewers that are recruited to evaluate the top reports. In this talk, Grace Roberts, the EWB Challenge Coordinator at EWB Australia, will present on the experience and skills that students take into their careers, while researcher Bryce Neuman will share his findings on the roles and parallel outcomes for volunteer industry reviewers and academics. Key Takeaways The EWB Challenges encourage participants to engage with the complexity of real-world wicked problems by developing appropriate solutions for sustainable development From their participation in the programs, engineering students, academics, and industry reviewers can experience a shift in their social, cultural, and globally responsible engineering mindsets Students and reviewers of the EWB Challenges are gaining skills and experience that can be applied in their engineering practice every day. Tuesday 13 April 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm AEST
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