The Australian Centre for Innovation (ACIIC) has accepted an Expression of Interest from The Warren Centre to manage legacy funds resulting from the wrap up of the ACIIC organisation. The legacy funds, of approximately $680,000, will be transferred to The Warren Centre for the purpose of executing 3 key projects aimed at continuing the profound legacy of Professor Ron Johnston. The annual program includes two humanitarian innovation awards plus the activation of two humanitarian innovation development events from 2019 to 2025.

Annual awards will include The Professor Ron Johnston Prize for Humanitarian Innovation and The RedR Ron Johnston Rapid Response Prize. These national prizes will be awarded in the name of Professor Ron Johnston to recognise his outstanding contributions as Director of ACIIC for some 20+ years.

The legacy program will also see The Warren Centre execute two annual events designed to provoke thought leadership from Australian university students in the name of humanitarian innovation. The first event will be a highlight for excellence in engineering innovation for ideas that support human welfare, post-disaster or in fragile states. The second event, The Professor Ron Johnston Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon will see Australia’s best and brightest students invited to partake in a 48 hour, lock-down hackathon event to develop technical solutions for humanitarian problems. Addressing real life-real time challenges, mentored by RedR field operatives, this is aimed at developing breakthrough solutions which can then be used in real-world environments.

The Warren Centre was chosen by the Board of ACIIC for the role, following a rigorous and competitive process, and we are honoured to have been appointed for this important venture.

In making our submission to ACIIC, the Warren Centre nominated the USyd Faculty of Engineering and IT and “the engineers’ NGO”, RedR Australia, as our partners. Dr Jacqueline Thomas of the USyd Civil Engineering Humanitarian major will represent the Faculty as we proceed with this venture. The engagement in our team of the internationally acknowledged and accredited NGO, RedR Australia, will reflect well on TWC and the Faculty and create a unique experience for the student participants.


For immediate release – Friday, December 21st 2019

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