Hack it Forward: Time to Give Back

In October 2014 we ran our 17th Hack Day event at REA, this time focusing on social issues and hacking on outcomes to benefit the wider community. We partnered primarily with 4 charitable organisations:

In addition, participants were encouraged to collaborate with other community groups or charities on a project of their choice. 10 teams were formed in total with a focus on delivering real value to people in need.

How did we go? See for yourself:

We blogged the entire two day experience via Storify:
https://storify.com/REA_Group/hack-it-forward-oct-2-3-2014

The Hack Day story

Hack Day at REA is something that started very small in IT 4 years ago and has grown to become the showpiece of culture, collaboration and innovation for the whole company. It took us a while to get there but we’ve cracked the formula for awesome Hack Days and now have an ever growing roster of visitors coming to see how we do it. We put together a little video that showcases our Hack Day story. We hope you enjoy it and it sparks some ideas on how to do it in your own company. Share your own Hack Day story in the comments below!

Interview: James Nathan, Co-Founder of Food Orbit

We admire passion and purpose at REA Group, which inspired us to recently sponsor a prize recognising those very two qualities at Tech23 – an event that lets budding technologists pitch their ideas to investors and bring them to life.

We chose Food Orbit as our winner; an innovative online marketplace community that connects and empowers trade between chefs, local farmers and restaurateurs.

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Tomas Varsavsky, Head of Technology – Media & Developer at REA Group, awards James at Tech 23, 2013

We loved the community centric idea and were thrilled to present founders James Nathan and Melissa Foster with their prize, which included having James come and spend some time with our inventors and makers at REA – soaking up our culture, ways and means of working. We knew we’d learn a lot hanging out with James too!

James joined us for our 15th Hack Day and Hackers Market. In between pitching ideas, swapping insights and tacos, we had a chat about what he does, why and how he does it, and what he and his team have learned.

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Innovation Day, March 2011.

At realestate.com.au, we are committed to several core values that drive our business and keep us ahead in the market; both in terms of business value that we deliver and also the quality of the products.

One of our core values is innovation. We, as a company, are committed to innovation and provide an avenue for the entire business to take some time during business hours and try and do something with our products, processes or even the way we think about it, and turn it into something different. As a means of realising this, we have instituted “Innovation Day”. A day and half every quarter to do what you will with existing or new products, processes or tools and turn it into something interesting and/or useful for the business.

Recently, we had our first innovation day for this year, on 31st of March, 1st of April , 2011. The participation was vigorous and all the Q/A sessions involving each presentation were very in depth and illuminating. One of the most pleasing aspects of the presentation was how well thought out the future scope was, for each idea. Hopefully, we will soon be able to put these ideas into business practice.

Some pictures from the event:

Thanks to all the people who participated in this event and to all those who facilitated it.

Special thanks to Sam Weller and Mike Breeze for organising one of the best innovation days this company has had.