Less waste, better space at the Queen Victoria Market

December 21, 2017

MID and RMIT Activator recently partnered with Queen Victoria Markets to develop innovative solutions in food waste and retail activation.

Over the course of a single day hackathon teams of students and academics came together with industry professionals from RMIT and Queen Victoria Market and were led through the process of thinking, designing and prototyping their solutions. The day culminated with each team pitching their idea to a panel of judges – Fiona Whitworth from Queen Victoria Market Bec Scott from STREAT and Tom Bentley from RMIT University.

Teams were given the challenge of proposing a way for the Market traders to minimise the amount of food waste generated on site, or, designing a multifunctional building system that can be used across the market in various locations, which is flexible enough to create and define spaces and precincts. 9 interdisciplinary teams came together to brainstorm, prototype and pitch their ideas. The result was an impressive array of ideas including office food delivery services, closed loop waste facilities, interactive wayfinding technology, incentive programs for waste disposal and consumer education campaigns. Teams employed everything at their disposal including prototypes demonstrations and role-plays to pitch their ideas for how these solutions might work in the real world.

Everyone was rewarded for their hard work with a drinks and dinner at the Wednesday Summer Night Markets graciously hosted by the Queen Victoria Market team. Prizes included day passes to Pause Fest and many other goodies.