An intensive program that draws on collective knowledge, breaks down silos & reimagines how public sector problems can be solved
How It Works
The six-week intensive program gives public sector change makers the tools and experience they need to explore, test and validate their ideas.
Skills + Tools
Collaborate + Build
“Coming up with a prototype in a number of weeks rather than months, that could actually solve a real world problem is a fantastic challenge to take on.“
– Natalie Rudolph, Public Transport Victoria
Meet Your Mentors
What are the goals of the Sandpit?
We create spaces for public sector changemakers to give their ideas a go; safely yet with all the tools they need to move forward and scale them.
Who will I be sitting next to?
You’ll be teamed up with talented technologists and surrounded by likeminded changemakers from the public sector. Everyone who particiaptes in the Sandpit is passionate about finding new ways to solve government challenges.
What do I bring with me?
Energy and a book to capture your notes. We also cater each session with delicious food so bring your appetite.
How much does it cost?
What are the dates and times?
The Sandpit runs over six weeks, in twelve two-hour sessions: Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm and Friday mornings from 8-10am. You will need to set aside some extra time on top of this for project work. Our next Sandpit is ready to kick off when you are – get in touch with us to chat through the dates you have in mind.
How can I benefit from participating?
If you’ve ever had an idea to make something in the public sector more affordable, scalable, easy or efficient, this is the place to validate it. By participating in the Sandpit you can expect to walk away having explored your idea, with hands on experience in collaboratively validating, testing and scaling it.
How much tech do I need to know?
None! All we need to know is that you’re interested in learning. We will help demistify the nitty-gritty of prototyping, online collaboration, product lifecycles and the strings behind the buttons you push.
Is there any pre-reading?
I need to convince my boss, can you help?
We’ve prepared a pitch deck to help our public sector friends request support to participate in the Sandpit. Shoot us a message and we’d be happy to send through a copy.
Take The Next Step
What People Love
Without hesitation, go and do it. Go in with an open mindset, and go in with your problem set, not your solution set.
The outcome is that you get a deeper understanding of what your users actually need (challenging what you thought they needed), which allows you to confirm or disprove your assumptions.
We’re proud to have worked with participants from agencies, departments and organisations across Australia.
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We're based in Melbourne, on the traditional lands of the Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin nation.
We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging across Australia.
As an organisation we benefit from the rich history of contributions that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have made to the world.