What can science learn from advertising? – Sara Camnasio


For your Friday afternoon coffee. An oldie but a goodie…

This talk was given at a local TEDx event in New York, produced independently of the TED Conferences. For a long time, science has been made out to be dense, complex, and inaccessible. Sara explains how we can fix science's bad rap, and how to make the field more exciting and engaging to young people - especially students like her.

Over the past couple of years I’ve had the opportunity to design and develop a couple of astronomy research websites, including the first iteration of OzGrav. This talk reminded me of two of my favourite “what a mess” research websites that can only be described as disasters from a design perspective…

 Theoretical Particle Physics Group – University of Melbourne

Theoretical Particle Physics Group – University of Melbourne

 ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D

ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D

About Sara Camnasio

I met Sara a couple of years ago at Astro Hack Week 2016, held at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and GitHub HQ in downtown San Francisco. With a strong interest in science communication and multi-media, I remember her website being really impressive and full of creative side projects. It definitely made me think more carefully about how I could present my own independent projects and experiences as part of broader career portfolio. Over the past few years she’s managed to make the successful transition from astronomy research assistant/graduate student at the American Museum of Natural History to designer; creating engaging user experiences at Designit.

Oh, did I mention she’s also a 2017 National Geographic Young Explorer (wow!)…

RHoK Melbourne Changemaker 101


Last night we held our biannual Changemaker 101 session for our Melbourne cohort of Summer Hackathon change makers. W’re working with a really diverse group of social warriors this year, with projects focussed on improving medical services for LGBQTI patients, enabling better access to legal services, connecting volunteers within communities, and creating safe urban spaces using anecdotal sexual assault data

Software Development for Social Impact

As most change makers non-profits and social enterprises don’t typically have strong tech backgrounds, Changemaker 101 is a chance to introduce them to software development processes – specifically those that work well for RHoK, and to prepare them for what will undoubtably be an overwhelming experience.

The goal of the evening was to start unpacking the problems they’re facing within their organisation and to guide them though the process of preparing the problems statements which they will pitch at the upcoming RHoK Info Night. Our Melbourne Community Manager, Eddie Chapman (@acd_eddie) gave everyone a brief introduction to the history of RHoK Global and RHoK Australia. Roberto Pietrobon (@MrRobertoPietro) from Care to Compare, talked about his experience with RHoK as a  two-time changemaker, and I gave a brief introduction to agile methodologies; the benefit of adopting a Lean framework for software development; the concepts of rapid prototyping & measurement; how to communicate effectively with development teams; and how to craft a focussed and compelling problem statement.


Introducing the RHoK Australia – 2018 Summer Changemakers


The RHoK Australia – Melbourne Summer Hackathon is just over a month away and we have six fantastic organisations/social enterprises that we’ll be collaborating with. We also welcome DocDir, which is only at the very start of its social impact journey. DocDir aims to train GPs and other health professionals to have an integrated LBGTQI practice.

“We are looking for ‘Goldilocks’ problems; they need to be small enough so that they can be progressed over a weekend, but large enough to make a real difference.”
— Eddie Chapman, RHoK Community Manager

Kensington Neighbourhood House


Providing adult education, personal development, community building and childcare programs to their local community.




Providing free legal advice to Australians in need who can’t otherwise access it.


Moral Fairground


Creating awareness and raising the profile of ethical living and ethical business throughout the Australian community.


RPH Radio Reading Network


Supporting the Radio Reading network and the voice of print media in Australia, with a vision that print disability is not a barrier to participation.


She’s a Crowd


Ending gender-based violence by sharing stories to help decision-makers understand and address the issue.




Enriching the lives of people with a disability.


From Astrophysics to Data Science


Visualising the career paths of 200 astronomers turned data scientists.

The first in a series of blog posts that explore why astronomers are leaving academia.


The Science to Data Science (S2DS) and Insight Data Science fellowships are 5–7 week intensive post-doctoral training fellowships that bridge the gap between academia and data science in industry. This interactive visualisation was created to get a better sense of what stage in their career astronomers move into data science.

  • How many PhD students forego postdoctoral research in favour of moving straight into data science?

  • How many professional astronomers are moving into data science?

  • At what stage of their career do they do this?

  • How may postdocs do they have on their CV before deciding to leave?

  • Are tenured astronomers moving into data science?

  • How many go through a data science fellowship programs?

  • How many do industry internships?

  • How many go back to complete a Masters in Data Science or other similarly formal data science education?

  • How many make the transition without a data science fellowship? Have any moved back and forth between academia and data science? </p>

  • Why do they move in data science?

The data: comes from the LinkedIn profiles of 116 astronomers who moved from astronomy to data science at some point in their career.

The visualisation: was created using the d3.js sunburst template, HTML, and CSS.

How might we turn 120kg of plastics into art?

“With a team of 80 volunteers, Mundane Matters collected 2,319kg of plastic from the oceans around the Whitsunday Islands over the course of just one week, repurposing 120kg of the damaging debris into these ‘manmade oranges’ for the Wasteland installation.” READ MORE…

Wasteland is 24m tall installation at Customs House, presented by Art & About Sydney. Over the past year we've been working on the design and production, as well as collection of marine debris from the Great Barrier Reef to build this work. Video by Jordi Marin.

How AI can save our humanity

A wonderful talk by renowned computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee (@kaifulee).

AI is massively transforming our world, but there's one thing it cannot do: love. In a visionary talk, computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee details how the US and China are driving a deep learning revolution -- and shares a blueprint for how humans can thrive in the age of AI by harnessing compassion and creativity.