Hackathons are basically the bush doofs of the nerdworld, only with less nangs.
They’re special events, often taking place over weekends, where groups of super geniuses with expertise in areas like computer programming, engineering, data science and start-ups converge to solve problems.
So… yeah, apart from the fact that they involve a bunch of likeminded people and go for a few days, they’re sort of nothing like bush doofs.
A very special hackathon is happening this weekend, right here in Sydney, and it involves something we can all get behind: sex.
The first of it’s kind of Australia, the ‘Sextech Hackathon‘ brings together the world’s leading authorities in sextech (that’s any technology designed with the intention of enhancing human sexuality and sexual experience) from Europe and the US, as well as locally, to inspire, discuss and mentor teams as they innovate solutions to a range of issues.
It’s kicking off tonight at 6pm and will involve a bunch of “teledildonics and sextech futurists” mounting (and hopefully, conquering) three unique challenges.
All jokes about the word ‘teledildonics’ aside, the challenges they’ll be busting are pretty dang interesting and important.
First up, they’ll be tasked with improving access to sexual expression and education to people with disabilities.
The second challenge involves reinventing sex education for teenage girls (my fourteen-year-old self thanks you).
The third? Make Condoms Cool Again.
Spread across three days, people will work as teams and receive expert mentoring before pitching their solutions to win big.
The winning team will receive a return flight to Paris to the SextechLab and the opportunity to participate in France’s Sextech Hackathon (for project owner), as well as various scholarships to Academy Xi.
Cum second and each team member will cop a $1000 Academy Xi course credit and $100 Academy Xi Bootcamp credit. Third is a $750 credit.
There’ll also also be a raft of guest speakers at the event, including Futurist Ross Dawson from Advanced Human Technologies Group and FutureofSex.net, Polly Rodriguez, CEO of Unbound and Victoria Cullen, the designer of the world’s first ‘Sex Toy Design’ Industrial uni course that’s offered at RMIT.
There will also be demo stations with products from leading sex toy creators like Kirroo, OhMiBod, LoveSense, WeVibe and Dame to get participants in the mood.
Given STEM has long been a male-dominated industry, the hackathon will strive to support new female-identified leaders who are passionate about changing the world to drive innovation further in the field. Fuck yeah.
You can learn more about the Sextech Hackathon or purchase tickets here.