This year we had 27 teams participating on our 24 hour design challenge. Teams developed proposals to explore and use digital collections, a real world problem faced by the State Library of Victoria. The reviewing process went through two rounds, in the first round a Jury panel shortlisted the submissions and in a second round two external academics reviewed the proposals.

From this review process, two teams have been selected to present their work in Melbourne, during the OzCHI Conference (5th to 7th of December) where their presentations will judged by a small expert panel.

The finalists of this year are:

SUEDE, with their submission DigiView “Connecting Digital Resources to the Physical Sphere Through Embedded Search Interfaces”

Team Intrepid, with their submission “Outpost: A proposal for libraries of the future”

Thanks to the contribution from our sponsor Google each team will be supported by a travel scholarship to assist with costs of travel to Melbourne. We will contact the finalists shortly to discuss travel arrangements. Plus each team will receive an optional mentorship to refine the paper submission.

After considering their presentations Team SUEDE was declared the overall winner for 2018.

Short Listed

In addition to the finalists the following teams are commended for reaching the ‘short list’ of teams who were in consideration for a finalist position:


Team Donut Squad: “Victoria: An AI powered knowledge companion”


Team Titans: “Xploro: A tangible device for exploring and recommending Digital Collections”


Team Kryptic: “BRIDGEIT – Allowing Cross-Cultural Information Exchange Through a Multilingual Library Platform”

Final Thoughts

Choosing the finalists was far harder than we expected – we had so many great submissions to this year’s challenge. If you have not yet received feedback on your team’s submission, it will reach you very shortly.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the challenge, we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did and we encourage you to participate again in future!

OzCHI ’24’ SDC 2018 Chairs.

A pdf copy of these results are available here.