CIT 'Trade Hack' Tackling Sustainability in Trades
Published: 03 Mar 2020
The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) in partnership with the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) launched the 2020 Trade Hack, Canberra's first event of its kind aimed to identify alternatives to address the problem of waste in trades.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the event launch said, "The ACT Government supports efforts to help reduce the Territory's impact on our environment. This Trade Hack represents our ongoing commitment to not only reducing waste in the ACT, but also reinforces Canberra's leading role as a hub for innovation."
The four-day Trade Hack (2, 3, 16 and 17 March) will connect CIT students, apprentices and graduates with employers from the construction, electrical, culinary and hospitality sectors and together look into solving the problem of waste generated from each industry.
As part of the event, CBRIN will deliver a series of facilitated workshops for the participating teams.
The teams will address the open ended statement: 'What can we do to future proof our industry through material recovery and waste reduction.'
These workshops will enable the teams to collectively develop concepts focus on waste, renewal and re-use to deal with this industry wide issue.
"Sustainable solutions to reduce waste is a pressing issue for the trades sector, and we are encouraging our students to apply an innovative, collaborative approach to solving problems to find a creative solution," CIT CEO Leanne Cover said.
The proposed solution can be formulated as a community project, or a tech idea. There are no constraints on encouraging ideas to solve the problem. The successful team will then have the opportunity to take part in further CBRIN workshops and innovation programs and will also win financial support from local business Capital Ventures to seed their business idea.
Photo (L-R): CEO Canberra Innovation Network Petr Adamek, CIT CEO Leanne Cover, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and CIT Board Chair Craig Sloan.