MAVHACK2 will happen on 3-5 September 2018, in Geelong (at Federal Mills Park Innovation hub) and Morwell (at Gippsland Tech School) as part of the statewide Digital Innovation Festival. MAVHACK is an exciting, inspiring and colourful event that brings together subject matter experts and service users from councils, business, government, academia and the community to work over two days to find new approaches to address specific community pain points. See the videos and presentation decks below from last year’s MAVHACK event.

The pain points we’ll be addressing for MAVHACK2 are:

How might we use technology to optimise road infrastructure, reduce maintenance costs and improve citizen experience?

Jobs and business creation:
How might we use technology to create economic opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal citizens who want to live and work locally?

The “jobs & business creation” theme should allow us to include key economic opportunity topics for each region, as well as social procurement barriers and opportunities.

We’re now in the process of inviting subject matter experts and service users from councils, business, government, academia and the community to participate in the four MAVHACK teams, who will work together over two days to find new approaches for addressing these community pain points. The MAVHACK teams will be hard at work on 3 and 4 September in Morwell and Geelong.

The presentation event at 4pm on Wednesday 5 September will be attended by MAV Technology members and senior representatives from the MAV, Victorian Councils, VicRoads, the Victorian Government. In addition to witnessing the outcomes of this innovative multi-stakeholder ‘think tank’, presentation day will include a tour of the brand new Gippsland Tech School (in Morwell) or Pivot City Innovation Precinct (in Geelong). With drinks and canapes provided, and a video link between the two locations, presentation day will also offer outstanding networking opportunities.

MAVHACK presentation day will be chaired by former Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett and is free of charge, although you must register to attend.

This innovative event will demonstrate the critical roles of technology and cultural change in preparing councils and their communities to thrive in the digital world. Don’t miss it!




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 above.

Since the event, MAVHACK teams have been working towards a proof of concept for each of the MAVHACK solutions:

  • 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 on the MAV Tech website.

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 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.