Wagga Hack 4 Good to support youth


Thursday, 26 Nov 2015

Photo of CSU Executive Dean of Science Professor Tim Wess, Family and Community Services Ms Donna Argus and Wagga Mayor Cr Rod KendallCharles Sturt University (CSU) is lending its expertise to a community-based project to help young people in Wagga Wagga develop networking and life skills to improve employment outcomes.

The inaugural Wagga Wagga Hack4Good will be held at CSU in Wagga Wagga from Friday 27 November.

As part of national 'Social Inclusion Week' CSU is joining forces with Wagga City Council, Intersect Australia and Murrumbidgee Family and Community Services, with support from others in the community.

The aim is to encourage young people to use technology to make it easier for them to connect with individuals and networks within in the local community that can provide them with the support and assistance they need.  

The event begins with a Student 'Hack Experience' on Friday 27 November, where more than 30 high school and TAFE students will be mentored on the basics of app design.

The main event will be held from 9am on Saturday through to 1pm on Sunday. The public is also invited to a community technology fair featuring tutorials on social media, coding and app design.

CSU is proud to support this project as part of its community engagement program providing contributions such as the venue, on-site IT support and expertise in app design.

Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess said, "The project is about self-help and community.

"Charles Sturt University is delighted to work with the government and the community sector for the social good.

"It is this type of innovative community project which is essential in building strong, connected and sustainable local communities. 

"It is part of the University's commitment to work with its communities to promote regional development and deliver mutually beneficial outcomes. In this case, increasing the engagement of disadvantaged young people."Follow the Wagga Wagga Hack4Good conversation on Twitter at @WaggaWaggaHack and using the hashtag WWHackathon

Media contact: Emily Malone and Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Media are invited to get interviews and footage at the Student Hack Experience from 1pm on Friday 27 November at the CSU Learning Commons downstairs computer lab, building 13 at CSU in Wagga Wagga. Contact CSU Media.

Wagga Wagga Hack4Good and community technology fair will be held at the same venue from 9am on Saturday 28 November.

The event was launched in August at the Wagga Wagga City Council Chambers.

Photo; Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess.