Random Hacks Of Kindness - Yompers Work

On November 28, 29, a group of passionate people came together to the Random Hacks Of Kindness Brisbane event hosted at News Corp in Bowen Hills.

Random Hacks Of Kindness - Yompers Work

It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that this was the same building I spent the first 6 years of my career in. Since leaving, the place has been transformed from a drab, dirty, 70s rabbit warren to this plush, sparkly, innovative, open plan space with access to real food and coffee. It’s really quite amazing. If it had looked like that in my day, I may very well still be working there!

So once I’d moved on from that shock, it was time to get down to business. Day 1 was pretty tumultuous. A wonderful group came on board to support Yompers Work, but unfortunately we didn’t have any coders.

But who really needs coders when you’re a start up right?

By the end of the weekend, the group seriously hacked. Hacked like never before. Like never before, you say? Impossible without coders right? Wrong.

Folks, Yompers Work didn’t even exist before that weekend. It was an idea, nothing more. And this group of wonderful people made it real.

Random Hacks Of Kindness - Yompers Work

So real in fact that it even appeared in The Sunday Mail. How crazy is that?

Random Hacks Of Kindness - Yompers Work

I was blessed to have Benjamin on board who hacked together financial modelling. Seriously! And Carrah who, by some miracle (make that stroke of genius), found the perfect WordPress template we could use to build our MVP (Minimum Viable Product). And Randall who put on his tactician hat and helped make WordPress work. And Pru who sat quietly in a corner for hours to surprise us with about 3/4 of our presentation done and dusted.

Random Hacks Of Kindness - Yompers Work

Some members of my group were the last to leave on Saturday night. Passionate much?

Random Hacks Of Kindness - Yompers Work

Come Sunday afternoon when the time came to present, we delivered excellence. And given Yompers Work is all about delivering excellence, I now know I am on the right track.

Random Hacks Of Kindness - Yompers Work

We didn’t win the contest, but boy did we hack. And that’s what this event is all about.

Yay for RHoK! Yay for RHoKers! Thank you to all of you who helped my (not so humble) project come alive. Respect to you all. xo

Special thanks to organiser Chad Renando whose calm, kindness and level-headedness helped get me through the rollercoaster ride. You’re awesome.

It was also inspiring seeing all the other amazing social enterprise projects kicking some amazing goals. As an utter social enterprise nerd, it warmed the cockles of my heart. Good luck to you all.

About Elissa

I have a 20 year career in media, marketing, communications and management; three degrees; a collection of awards; a bunch of life experience; and many beautiful stories to tell. In November 2013 I was named one of YWCA Queensland's 125 Leading Women - as a woman who has made a significant contribution to her community and modelled leadership through her actions and words. In 2011 I wrote a Masters thesis in 2011 titled ‘Eco-Social Enterprise: A Hop, Skip & A Jump To Prosperity Without Growth’. I received Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in 2009 and achieved a GPA of 7 for my Master Of Arts. Pats self on back. I am sustainably self-employed which warms the cockles of my heart. I run media and production agency Glorytells and am a puppeteer with Larrikin Puppets. I am also an emerging publisher set to launch two exciting online communities in 2018. Like Elissa on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elissa.jenkins.public Follow Elissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Green_Grrrl Find Elissa on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elissa-jenkins-8040701 Email Elissa: elissa@glorytells.com

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