MAVHACK1 – POC Updates

MAVHACK1 was held in September last year. It was highly successful in introducing a broader council audience to the benefits of design thinking, customer focus and multi-stakeholder collaboration. See the event videos and presentation decks here.

Since the event, MAVHACK teams have been working towards a proof of concept for each of the MAVHACK solutions. See the overview report here

  • Disabled Parking Permits – Proof of concept

VicRoads has built upon the work done at MAVHACK and engaged Ansible  (one of the MAVHACK facilitators), to develop a strategic roadmap for a new state-wide system for managing disabled parking permit applications and compliance, by the end of this year.

On Thursday May 24, VicRoads convened a post-MAVHACK Disability Parking Permit update at Abbotsford Convent. We thank everyone who participated on the day for the continued lively, frank and insightful discussion on the topic. VicRoads captured a lot of feedback and queries to consider and use in the next phase of the project’s development.

A summary of the discussion and a high-level view of the of deliverables for Phase 1 of the Disability Parking Permit project is available here 

VicRoads is keen to continue the conversation with council stakeholders throughout this process, and would like to hear from anyone interested in future workshops or surveys that couldn’t register on the day.  Please email Loraine.Kiely@roads.vic.gov.au if you would like to register to be contacted for any future participation opportunities.

We will communicate the timeline of the project to councils to engage and inform them of the progress of this MAVHACK initiative.

  • “Jocelyn” Planning Permits – Proof of concept

The “Jocelyn” MAVHACK solution was to develop a chat bot with Artificial Intelligence to streamline the planning permit application process. MAV Technology, the City of Wyndham, the City of Ballarat, the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Council decided that the minimum viable product for Jocelyn was to develop a POC for shed permit applications in the participating council areas.

The Jocelyn POC scope and business requirements has been developed by participating councils and MAV Tech in collaboration with Land Use Victoria (DELWP), Ansible, Digital Reign and Telstra.

Funding options for delivering the POC are now being explored, including direct investment by the participating councils, investment by the MAV, and investment of resources and/or funds by various Victorian Government departments.

We expect to make funding and/or partnership announcements to progress this POC in the next few weeks.

  • “Pop Drop” Waste Management – Proof of concept

Thirty-two councils responded to a survey distributed by the MAV in December. Information collected included the cost of collecting illegally dumped rubbish, the three most commonly dumped items, current recycling initiatives and current and past collection mechanisms.

The MAV received advice from more than 40 councils that they are interested in either participating in or being kept informed of any collaborative activities aimed at addressing this issue.

This is the least developed POC, but also probably the easiest to implement. We have collected data on the most problematic hard rubbish items in several regions. We have also collected council contacts who are interested in pursuing this concept in their council area. Next steps are to identify councils with similar hard rubbish problems to solve and then explore whether a recycler for said items can be identified and engaged in the POC.

Work on this concept will commence when the two POCs above are better established.