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The CISCO hackathon, powered by Launch Pad, put participants in the driver’s seat to innovate and communicate innovative ideas. The skills learnt from this challenge will be valuable whether they become an employee for any organisation or choose to become an innovator, inventor or entrepreneur.

In this ONE DAY challenge, teams comprised of Engineering and Computing, and other students from various disciplines (Business, Health, Psychology and others), will explore how we can use technology/digital tools to innovate for the Western Sydney Airport

The Challenge Theme

Innovating for Western Sydney Airport

Participants will with specialist mentors from CISCO, Launch Pad, startups and industry to develop ideas that apply advanced technology concepts and innovative business models whilst working in a real-world environment.

Participants will come as individuals to meet and join forces with other participants from other disciplines to make an impact! It was a great way to connect.

The Challenge Themes

Equity and participation

Digital technology

Lifelong learning

The Prizes

First prize
The ultimate CISCO experience
  • Attending a special hosted morning tea at CISCO headquarters
  • Mentoring and Networking opportunities with industry leaders at CISCO
  • Presentation + Award Ceremony during CISCO Branch Meeting
People's choice
per team member

* prize will be in voucher

Challenge Winners


Abd El Halim Sobh, Cody Plumridge, Isaac Watkins, Levana Okba, Tyler Hawke

An AI Technology that analyses students’ characteristics from year 3 and places students in a career path they would thrive in.


Chi Ly, Ishraq Alim, Monalisa Banda, Rravenaa Ruthra, Simran Prasad

A government-funded program that utilises resources to outreach and bridge that gap of knowledge between traditional and non-traditional systems of education.


Daniel Bonatti, Dhimahi Walendra, Michelle Cui, Raynesh Charan, Vidushi Sethi

Where anybody can learn! A digital companion that personalized educational content to its life-long users.

Judges (TBC)

Jason Wrigley

Managing Partner – Western Sydney, Ernst & Young

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Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Advancement, Western Sydney University

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Professor Michele Simons

Dean of Education, Western Sydney University

Kaitlin Hartley

Kaitlin Hartley

Adobe Creative Campus Lead, Western Sydney University

The Benefits

Skills you learnt throughout the challenge

Soft Skills

1) Entrepreneurial Thinking
2) Problem Hacking
3) Non-verbal Communication skills
4) Radical Open-mindedness
5) Radical Creativity
6) Effective Brainstorming
7) Time Efficiency 
8) Radical Empathy
9) Collaboration

Hard Skills

1) Conceptual Design
2) Pitching for Impact
3) Sustainable Development Goals
4) Innovation Hack Canvasing
5) Entrepreneurial Process
6) Sustainable Design
7) Corporate Presentation/Storytelling
Challenge Day



The CISCO Hackathon is a whole-day event.

Time: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Location: Parramatta City Campus 1. (169 Macquarie St Parramatta NSW 2150)

Challenge Day

Walking Bus - From Fairfield Station

To help participants get to the challenge, we had organised a walking “bus” at Fairfield Connect – a group of people forming together to walk safely between the campus and Fairfield train station.

  • From Fairfield station to Fairfield Connect: 08.30 AM – 09.00 AM
  • From Fairfield Connect to Fairfield station: 05.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Shuttle Bus - From Parramatta City Campus

To help participants get to the challenge venue, we organised a shuttle between Parramatta City Campus and Fairfield Connect learning hub.

  • From Parramatta City Campus to Fairfield Connect: 07.45 AM 
  • From Fairfield Connect learning hub to Parramatta City Campus: 06.00 PM

Photos from the challenge

Read about the challenge day!