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5 agency challenges- 30 teams - 3 winning teams

GradHack provides the unique opportunity to work collaboratively with graduates from other agencies on a real APS challenge and think-tank solutions. Networking and solutions-focussed outcomes are key themes for this event.


Date: Wednesday 7 June 2017
Venue: Coorong Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Mitchell, Canberra
Time: Arrive 8:15am - Event starts: 9:00am - Event finishes: 2:30pm


Emma Perkins

Emma Perkins

Director of Media and Engagement at the Australian Public Service Commission

Emma Perkins is a passionate senior communications and events director, with demonstrated acumen for developing, implementing and evaluating successful communication, media and event strategies for global and domestic organisations.

With an excellent knowledge of government and corporate communication practices, and social media marketing, Emma's skills and expertise have contributed to the enhancement of, and engagement with, a wide variety of products, programs and policies.

Emma has a Bachelor of Marketing from James Cook University, and a Master of Public Relations from the University of Southern Queensland. She is currently pursuing French studies at the Australian National University.

Check out what last year's grads thought of GradHack (video)

Five agency challenges

Go to Challenge 1
Department of Communications and the Arts

Yar har, fiddle dee-dee, stream what you want 'cause for pirates it's free!

Find out more about Challenge 1...

Go to Challenge 2
Australian Public Service Commission

Positioning the APS for the future

Find out more about Challenge 2...

Go to Challenge 3
Department of Defence

How do we make the APS an employer of choice? What needs to change in order to attract younger and innovative applicants across all levels

Find out more about Challenge 3...

Go to Challenge 4
Department of the Treasury

The sharing economy, how will it change social and economic interactions. What does it mean for the role of government?

Find out more about Challenge 4...

Go to Challenge 5
National Disability Insurance Agency


Find out more about Challenge 5...

Voters wanted – You decide who wins!

500 APS Graduates will be hacking out real APS agency challenges. You decide the top 3 challenge solutions!

Coorong Pavilion – Exhibition Park – Mitchell – Canberra
Doors open 12:45pm
Voting from 1:35pm

(Free entry for voters)

Challenges supplied from:

  • Department of Defence
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • National Disability and Insurance Agency
  • Department of Communications and the Arts

Important information

What is a Hack?

A hack is an event where people come together using their skills, knowledge and resources to investigate a problem and think-tank possible solutions.

What happens on the day?

Grads will be allocated and sent their challenge prior to the day.

The day will be broken up by the following:

  • Grads will be split into teams upon arrival.
  • A three-hour hackathon, including time to create a pop-up market stall, where teams spruik their concept to invited voters.
  • Teams will have 45 minutes to sell their concept, and invited voters vote for their favourite pitch.
  • Top three pitchers; pitch their winning concept to peers, voters and attending APS Executive staff.

What is a Pop-up market stall?

This is a chance to get creative and think outside the square. A Pop-up market stall is a space that each team creates, using material provided at the venue, to create awareness and to entice the voters to vote.

What resources are provided, and what should you bring?

Each team will be allocated one exhibition panel and trestle table to design their pop-up market stall.

A Resource Area will also be provided where teams have access to stationery supplies.

Grads are encouraged to bring electronic devices to research and share the day's outcomes on Twitter.

What happens after GradHack?

After the event, grads from the top three winning pitches will be given the chance to pitch their concept to Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  Graduates will be able to network and share details with agency executives in the prospect of implementing their solutions.

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