48-hour Trans-Tasman online defence hackathon aims to strengthen sovereign supply chains

An event between the Australian and New Zealand defence forces this weekend, titled #ANZDFhack, will focus on novel solutions aimed at strengthening sovereign capability.
The May 15 – 17 online event begins Friday 7 pm (Sydney time) and is expected to generate prototypes, applications and algorithms. Winning or shortlisted ideas will progress on to further innovation programs, mentoring, real data, funding streams or ongoing support.
Defence minister Linda Reynolds said in a statement that the event – coordinated by the Australian Defence Force and executed by the Australian Computer Society – would tap into the ingenuity of tech specialists across the two countries, and that the moment was right for building “networks and find[ing] self-reliant capability solutions.”
The two-and-a-half-day program is scheduled to form teams and share ideas on day one, design and build on day two, then refine and present on day three.
Challenge themes were not mentioned in the release, but according to the event’s website, problem statements within themes will “explore complexity between manufacturing revival;  supply chain management and logistics optimisation; infrastructure, economic and natural resources; enabling policies; enabling technologies.”
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