[Please note that I initially posted this article on Medium where you can read it all]
“What is a long read when it is about a whole country’s future?”
Policy Hack happened. The posts, articles and interviews are now gone. The first takes from the recent activity suggest that the effort still needs to be structured. There has been a lot of buzz and excitement with a whole startup community happy and eager to push its ideas to the current government but, like for any startup, thinking and planning is crucial.
There have now been some ideas bounced here and there and a beta done. It is now time to sit down for a second and make use of the whiteboard.
This is demonstrated by the simple fact that StartupAus “will now curate the content” of the OurSay posts and compile it with the ideas from the policy hack. A task which should have happened prior to the policy hack, not only to bring value to discussions but also define the “champions” who would be invited to discuss these ideas during the hack.
In this particular case, the thinking will be done after the acting. No time wasted but, at the same time a whole day resulting in standard takeaways and some “niche” ideas.
Overall, the policy hack day has been a great success, bringing members of the ecosystem together and feeding the government with smart input and directions. Well done Wyatt Roy and all! However, sometimes, noise is too much noise and critical items may be overlooked. Or, at least, not mentioned a lot in the variety of posts, tweets, etc. published after this event.
Building on experience and bringing an outside look to the table, here are my main talking points about innovation and startup success for Australia.