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Substation 33

31 Mary Street

Kingston, QLD 4114


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An invitation to get creative in designing a solution for food waste.

Food waste is a major environmental problem, contributing to land fill and greenhouse gas emissions. Rather than waste kitchen scraps, we seek your help to design a prototype composting system that pays credits to households to separate food waste for collection and composting. The compost will be used to grow food for communities to support a local food economy.

The site for the roll out of a community composting system is Yarrabilba, a community in the Logan area with current population of around 8,000 with a projected population of 45,000 by 2041. Plans are underway to integrate urban agriculture into this Lendlease development to support a local food food economy, jobs and entrepreneurial activity as well as healthy, sustainable diets. The composting aspect of this project will be pivotal to developing a local circular economy, where value is captured from food waste, which in turn supports the regeneration of soil, capture of carbon and food production.

Join us to kick start a local, fair food system that is good for people and the planet!

Fun, Food and Connections

Have fun working in your group in the very groovy Sustation 33 workshop whilst solving a waste problem. There will be peer to peers skills exchange and collaboration, roving mentors and food. The food and coffee vans will cater for you free of charge will be rolling in to keep you fed and hydrated.

Prototypes will be pitched to our friendly team of judges on the Sunday afternoon. Winning team takes all - $1,000.

Make sure you arrive promptly at 4.00pm on Friday 5th July to collect your t-shirt, listen to the introductory presentations and enjoy dinner as you mingle and meet your collaborators and our guest speakers.

This event is aiming to create zero waste - so please make sure to bring along your keep cup and water bottle.

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Please note that each individual needs to register for the event separately - this is so that each attendee is aware of the details of the event and the Terms and Conditions. As this forms a part of a QUT research project, there some research ethics details we need to tell you about to make sure you have the best experience.

Kick Off!

Friday 5th July

4.00pm - 7.00pm

  • The event will kick off at Substation 33 (31 Mary St, Kingston)

  • Enjoy dinner while you learn more about the Yarrabilba Community and your task

  • Individuals will be organised into teams

Build your prototype

Saturday 6th July

8.00am - 4.00pm

  • Enjoy a coffee from the Thom and Ann's coffee van (8.00am - 10.00am) and a pizza or salad for lunch from the Pizzantica Kombi (dietary requirements catered for - let us know)

  • Learn skills in technology development

  • 30 minute panel discussion with special guests

  • Work with your team and our roving mentors to develop your composting prototype

Share your creation

Sunday 7th July

8.00am - 4.00pm

  • Enjoy a coffee from the Thom and Ann's coffee van (8.00am - 10.00am) and lunch from the Rolls Pho Mi food truck

  • Learn skills in pitching

  • Winning teams will be announced at 3.00pm on Sunday

For questions about accessibility or dietery requirements please email yarrabilba.harvest@lendlease.com

As this is a research related project being conducted by QUT - the following information is important to ensure you understand what your participation involves. Registration in this event implies that you have given informed consent (QUT ethics requirement) - please read to the bottom of this section before you register.


Participation in a Composting Technology Hackathon Event: Techfe(a)st

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1900000453

Research team

Principal Researcher: Dr Carol Richards, Project Leader, School of Management, QUT Business School

Associate Researchers:

Dr Hope Johnson, Lecturer, QUT Law School, QUT

Mr Johannes Biala, Researcher, Soil Scientist, Science and Engineering, QUT

Dr Alan Woodley, Research Fellow, Data Analytics, Science and Engineering, QUT

Dr David Rowlings, Senior Lecturer, Science and Engineering, QUT

Ms Grace O’Connor, PhD Candidate, School of Management, QUT Business School

Ms Yanxia Li, MPhil Candidate, School of Management, QUT Business School

Why is the study being conducted?

This research is being undertaken by Dr Carol Richards of the School of Management, QUT Business School and is part of a bigger project to develop a Sustainable Food System in Yarrabilba, a master planned community in the City of Logan.

Dr Richards is working with Lendlease (the Yarrabilba property developer) and the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (a Government funded research agency) to develop a local, sustainable food system. This system will include growing food, which will be supported by locally produced compost.

This Techfe(a)st event forms one part of the bigger Sustainable Food System project. The purpose of Techfe(a)st is to develop a community composting system prototype that incentivizes household participation. That is, to offer rewards for separating and contributing household food waste for collection and composting.

You are invited to participate in this Techfe(a)st as someone that attends hackathons, or is interested in attending a hackathon, to work with a team to develop a composting system prototype.

This research is also being undertaken by QUT students, Ms Yanxia Li and Ms Grace O’Connor as part of their Masters of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy training.

What does participation involve?

You are invited to participate in Techfe(a)st – an event based on Hackathon principles - to disrupt the current linear economy approach to food waste (grow – eat – waste – landfill) to design a system taht captures the valuable nutrients contained in food waste (a circular economy approach).

Techfe(a)st would appeal to people with skills in technology, including design, coding, hardware, sensors, apps and prototype building.

The Task

In teams of 5, participants will design, code, test, refine a residential composting prototype. The task will be defined in greater detail on the first night.

The Venue

The venue for Techfe(a)st is Substation 33, 31 Mary St, Kingston, 4114, QLD.

Substation 33 is a community based social enterprise that breaks down e-waste and builds new technologies. They will host this event and provide the necessary tools, equipment and resources.

Food - Food and refreshments will be provided at no additional charge

Pitch Your Prototype

A training session on ‘Pitching an idea’ will be run on the Sunday morning. At 3.00pm the teams will be invited to pitch their idea to the panel of judges

The teams’ pitch will be judged on criteria relating to:

  • the sophistication of the design/prototype

  • whether the design/prototype is ‘fit for purpose’ and can be developed

  • the extent to which the design/prototype can solve the problem of food waste and composting


A prize of $1,000.00 will be offered to the winning team (please refer to the terms and conditions below).

Intellectual Property

All the Deliverables created by a Participant or several Participants are licensed to the public under the Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International (please refer to the Terms and Conditions below for more detail).

Registering for the Event

You can register to participate in this event on this website once you are satisfied with the terms and conditions below.

Registration opens on Tuesday 11th June 2019 and closes on Thursday 4th July at 10pm.

Voluntary participation

Your participation in this research project is entirely voluntary. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw at any time without comment or penalty. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT, Lendlease, the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre or Substation 33.


A one-page newsletter will be emailed to you at the email address you used to register to attend the event. This will provide a summary of the day, information about the winning prototype and team and an overview of the evaluation results. The newsletter will be distributed within two weeks fro the end of the event.

What are the possible benefits for me if I take part?

Participation in this research could benefit you through engagement with a like-minded community of hackers and disruptors, development of skills and training on ‘how to pitch’ your idea or prototype. Mentors will also attend the event to support you in the development of your ideas.

Meals will be provided by Food Trucks at the event. You will not need to pay for food or coffee (mornings only)

It is expected that the establishment of a food scraps collection and composting system will bring about greater environmental benefits, including reduce landfill and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

What are the possible risks for me if I take part?

There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this research project.

What about privacy and confidentiality?

Information collected from your registration will include your name and email address. This information will be accessible to the parties involved in running the event: QUT, Lendlease and Substation 33. We will only use these details in relation to the Techfe(a)st event and will not share them with third parties. This information will be destroyed one year after the conclusion of project: July 2023. Registering for Techfe(a)st through Eventbrite may mean that your details are maintained on their database – if this is a concern, please contact Dr Carol Richards, the lead researcher on the contact details below to arrange to register directly with the organisers.

At the conclusion of the event, the researchers will distribute a hard copy evaluation form – you will not need to give your name, and all responses will be anonymous. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses. Completed forms can be placed in a box to preserve anonymity.

The anonymous evaluation results from this event will be viewed by QUT, Lendlease and Substation 33 so that any necessary improvements to managing similar events can be made.

How do I give my consent to participate?

Registering for the event via Eventbrite means that you have read the information sheet and the participant consent form and freely give your consent to participant in the event.

What if I have questions about the research project?

If you have any questions or require further information please contact one of the listed researchers:

Carol Richards c6.richards@qut.edu.au 07 3138 5313

What if I have a concern or complaint regarding the conduct of the research project?

QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. If you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, particularly in relation to matters concerning policies, information or complaints about the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email humanethics@qut.edu.au.

Terms and Conditions of Entry into Techfe(a)st

1. The Promoter is Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ABN 83 791 724 622 having its principal place of business at 2 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000.

2. By entering the competition connected to the research project named in the attached Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form, participants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

3.Registering to participate in the event fulfils the conditions of entry into the competition.

4. Registration opens on Tuesday 11th June 2019 and closes on Thursday 4th July at 10pm.

5. The winning team will be selected by a panel of judges following the ‘pitches’ of each idea/design/prototype at the event.

6. The prize is not transferable, refundable, exchangeable, and is paid via a debit card. If the winner refuses the prize it will be offered to the 2nd placed team.

7. The promoter’s decision is final as to the winners of the competition and binding and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the conduct of the competition or otherwise.

8. The prize will be available for collection by the winner at a time organised as suitable for the winner.

9. If this competition is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as anticipated due to any reason beyond reasonable control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by the law to (a) disqualify any participant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the competition, as appropriate.

10. All entries become the property of the Promoter and will not be returned to participants.

11. Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter (including its officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity), whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the competition ,including but not limited to, where arising out of the following: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter's control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (f) use of the prize.

12. Each participant indemnifies and keeps indemnified the Promoter against all claims, losses, damages and expenses suffered by the Promoter or any third parties arising out of the breach of these Terms and Conditions by the participant, the conduct of the participant in the competition, the use of information supplied by the participant or the use of the prize.

12. Under the applicable Privacy Laws, the Promoter must tell participants when it collects personal information about them and how it plans to use it. lf a participant chooses to enter or take part in the competition, the participant will be required to provide the Promoter with personal information such as the participant's name and email address. The Promoter collects participants' personal information in order to conduct the competition and associated research study. QUT’s Privacy Policy is available at: https://www.qut.edu.au/additional/privacy

Intellectual Property


Promoter: The Promoters of the Event are Lendlease, QUT and the Food Agility CRC

Deliverable: The written or physical manifestation of an idea, specification or usage scenario illustrating the development of a prototype or other work that attracts copyright pursuant to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (‘the Act’) and which is created for, or as part of, the Techfe(a)st by a Participant or several Participants.

Organisers: The organizers are QUT, Lendlease and the Food Agility CRC as identified in the Project Agreement for the Circular Economy Digital Framework: A Lendlease Sustainable Food City (2019).

Participant and Participants: designates one or more persons registered to the Techfe(a)st

  1. Where a Deliverable involves several Participants, it is considered a work of joint authorship pursuant to the Act.

  2. Each Participant guarantees that its Deliverable is original and unpublished and does not infringe on the intellectual property of any third party.

  3. All the Deliverables created by a Participant or several Participants are licensed to the public under the Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) (‘the License’).

a) This license lets anyone remix, tweak or develop further the original Deliverable, even for commercial purposes, but Participants retain any moral rights for attribution of authorship that may arise under the Act.

b)This license is the most open of the licenses offered and will allow for maximum dissemination and use of any deliverable arising from the techfe(a)st.

c) The Organisers are therefore free to reproduce, to distribute, to communicate and to modify the deliverables in accordance with the terms of the License.

d) The Organisers will attribute authorship in a reasonable manner, but not in a way that suggests the Participant endorses the Organisers or the use.

By registering for this event , you are indicating that you:

  • Have read and understood the information document regarding this research project.

  • Have had any questions answered to your satisfaction.

  • Understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team.

  • Understand that you are free to withdraw without comment or penalty.

  • Understand that if you have concerns about the ethical conduct of the research project you can contact the Research Ethics Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email humanethics@qut.edu.au.

  • Agree to participate in the research project

Thank You - if you are happy with this, please proceed to Register for the event

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Substation 33

31 Mary Street

Kingston, QLD 4114


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