Superhack is running again in 2023!
Learn more below.
What is SuperHack?
SuperHack is an annual high-school engineering hackathon for young women, non-binary and gender diverse students hosted by the Melbourne University Electrical Engineering Club (MUEEC).
Every year, we invite female, non-binary and gender diverse students from schools across Victoria to compete in teams to solve engineering design challenges based on a real industry problem.
Being an engineer is all about creative invention and problem-solving. However, oftentimes we can feel discouraged from engineering due to its reputation of being too abstract or gendered.
At SuperHack, we want engineering to feel relatable and show that it can be used to help people improve lives. We aim to teach young women, non-binary and gender diverse students the core concepts behind engineering through a fun and engaging challenge, whilst providing them with an opportunity to talk to industry mentors and university students in STEM.
While the challenge itself varies every year, the central theme of teaching young women, non-binary and gender diverse students to innovate, help others, and change the world through engineering remains.
Home automation was the theme and challenge for 2022. Over the course of a weekend, students had to learn about electronics and Arduinos and apply that knowledge to address a need or demand related to automation at home.
SuperHack has run successfully in 2017, 2018, 2019, and after taking a break, successfully relaunching in 2022.
Engineering is a profession that is notoriously known for its lack of gender diversity, with women being an underrepresented group in almost every division. Today, only 13.6% of the engineering labour force in Australia are women (source: Engineers Australia). This skewed statistic is something we at MUEEC aim to change.
There is no doubt that the engineering industry can tangibly benefit from an increase in gender diversity. A varied workforce promotes team dynamics conducive for better problem-solving, thus leading to better overall business management and a more accurate reflection of today’s increasingly diverse customer base. Today, the industry is recognizing the importance of gender diversity on a global scale, with more companies creating initiatives to hire women. It really is an exciting time to be a young woman choosing the engineering pathway as there are more opportunities now than ever.
As such, we aim to attract and encourage more young women to take an interest in STEM-based careers and debunk the gender stereotypes that exist through a fun and practical weekend-long engineering fest: a hackathon.