Code Camp innoVito by Cobalt wins Hack my Van

8 August 2016 -- Melbourne. Together with entrepreneurs and small businesses, Mercedes-Benz Vans has a shared passion for progress. Mercedes-Benz Vans invited small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas. 

Six finalists were selected to participate in a 1 day hackathon on Saturday 6 August. From a biohacking lab, to a mobile pet photography studio, an on demand 3D printing workshop, a story finder van and a rubbish to product recycling van, the judges saw diverse business ideas.

Judges Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand), Cathy Anderson (Huffington Post) and Jane Martino (Advisor, Unlockd & TRIBE, Co-Founder Smiling Mind and board member LaunchVic) assessed the ideas and selected Code Camp innoVito by Cobalt Designs as the winner. Code Camp were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito by the Hon. Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.

“We were blown away by the level of creativity and the brilliance of the business ideas we saw from the six finalists. This is precisely why we created this event as we are excited by the ideas and possibilities for how the Vito van can be reimagined to transform an existing business, or completely reinvented to create new businesses.

Congratulations to Code Camp innoVito by Cobalt who are teaching children the most critical skills for the future. We cannot wait to see them take Code Camp on the road.", Diane Tarr Managing Director - Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand.

Code Camp began in December 2013 as a hobby. In the past 18 months Code Camp has taught more than 8,000 students to write code across Australia at both private and public schools. Code Camp’s aim is to teach every student, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and to reach 100,000 students in the next 12 months. In September, Code Camp are running classes in Arnhem Land with the assistance of the Foundation for Young Australians.

Code Camp co-founder Ben Levi said, "Code Camp are on a mission to teach Australian students to code, and build engagement and passion for technology.

To have our own Mercedes-Benz Vito, Code Camp will be able to expand a lot faster to teach more students in more remote areas, and it will allow us to run pop-up events all over the country to raise awareness.

Code Camp aims to build a more innovative future for Australia, and having Mercedes-Benz, one of the most innovative automobile makers in the world behind us is incredible.”

The winning team with Hon. Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand)

The winning team with Hon. Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand)

 

The Six Finalists

  • Story Finder Van by 100 Story Building (runner up)
  • BioHack Van by Streaker / BioFoundry
  • Rubbish to Product Recycling Van by Vert Design
  • On Demand 3D Printing Workshop by Protoworks
  • Pet Paparazzi by Pet Paparazzi
  • Code Camp innoVito by Cobalt Designs (winner)

 

Lauren Kilby