Heard Blog Hackathon – Sharing my story

by | Mar 12, 2018 | Events | 0 comments

If you struggle with health-related issues or you care for someone who does, do you feel like your voice is being heard? 

I am thrilled to be invited to be a speaker at this event!

It can be disempowering when others don’t understand what life looks like for you.

This has definitely been true for me as a carer to an Autistic child. And I’ve heard from many others over the last few months who would love to feel more empowered to share their stories but don’t know where to start.

That’s why I’m hosting the HEARD Blog Hackathon on  March 24. HEARD stands for Heartwarming, Empowering, Acknowledging, Resonating and Daring.

The purpose of this event is to empower you to create a blog post so you can express yourself fully and connect others to your experience of life.

About The Workshop

You will have access to expert support and technology to help you create a powerful blog post in just one day. We’ll run hands-on workshop sessions so you can learn how to write an impactful blog post with ease. You’ll also hear from others who have started sharing their stories about health and wellbeing and see the impact of this first-hand.

Talks by 

  • Author Sally Thibault will share her journey as a carer and how it has inspired her to forge a career in health.
  • Startup entrepreneur at EyeSyght, Santiago Velasquez (accompanied by his guide dog Lockie) will share his journey toward inventing technology that will make it possible for blind people to consume visual digital content in real time.

Other Fun Stuff (stay tuned for more)

  • Learn how to DJ with accidental music festival owner James Henderson.
  • Do a green screen vlog in the afternoon with The Australian Acting Academy‘s Brendan Glanville

This is going to be a powerful event and we aim to publish all 150 stories to connect others to your experience of life. Imagine the impact that being HEARD will have on ending health-related discrimination.

What to Bring

  • A laptop or tablet to write on. Alternatively, pen and paper.
  • If you want to do audio or video: audio recording device or smartphone with video or audio recording capability.
  • A warm top in case the room is cool.
  • Food, or money for food if you are self-catering.
  • A parent or guardian if you are under 18 (A guardian must be present at all times during the event if you are under 18).


  • There is wheelchair access to the building. We will have team members on standby to assist but please let us know of your needs ahead of time by emailing support [at] writally.com.

This event is proudly hosted by Writally.


A big thank you to Fishburners who have provided the space for our meetup. Fishburners is Australia’s largest community of tech startups and a not for profit organisation. They support over 300 startups in their communities in Brisbane and Sydney and host more than 500 events around Australia. They offer a free one week trial which you can take up here: www.fishburners.org


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