Inspiration Series – Mobile Apollo

This inspiration series is to highlight the work of others from different circumstances.

This particular team were enrolled in Business Information Systems & Analytics Capstone (BISM3208) at University of Queensland where a part of the course was a hackathon and a team of mentors from Oracle Cloud Engineering provided the problem statement and guidance throughout the semester. The problem statement focused on the Sustainable Development Goals “SDGs” with the requirement to design a digital solution using Oracle Cloud.


Introducing Mobile Apollo – one of the finalists in the hackathon.

The team consisted of: Alfred Ong (here), Jennifer Poon (here), Morwenna Fisher (here), Shin Goh (here) and Vera Han (here).

The team focused on SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being – To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

The team identified (with their research):

  • Lack of mental health apps on the market which expand further than a journaling app.
  • Lack of integration between mental health apps and medical services/updates.
  • Lack of knowledge on alleviating mental illness through exercise/meditation.
  • Lack of having someone to hear them out and give them professional or practical advice that actually helps.
  • The prolonged use of mental health apps guiding them through their journey even when they’re feeling better.

The specific problem that they wanted to target was:

Targeting anxiety/depression in user-focused way that is unique a unique and has yet to emerge in the market, especially one that leverages on the latest technologies like AI and has all-in-one features.

The team settled on the value proposition of:

Developed an application that is portable for the ongoing progress and well-being of people with mental health concerns. We aim to partner with content creators, mental health clinics, governments and health campaigners to offer a wide range of assistance to users. We will include mental wellness information, guides to meditation/relaxing routines and pandemic related information to alleviate COVID-19 related mental health issues.


The myApollo solution targets to bridge the gap in the market between physical and psychological health by promoting character development, self-care routines and physical and mental health activities. The team focused on the following capabilities and outcomes.

  • An important outcome is to maintain the user’s interest and promote continual support whilst raising awareness about the importance of mental health even after the user has improved their mental well-being.
  • myApollo featured AI Buddy that users can talk to and allows users to be checked up on specifically as a non-medical support. This however does not replace a medical professional.
  • myApollo can consequently support users to better prepare themselves for pandemic related health concerns.
  • myApollo aims to boost productivity levels and output at work, potentially reducing suicide rates and the spread of mental health concerns.

Oracle Cloud featured as part of the myApollo solution. The team focused on Oracle Big Data Cloud Service providing the big data Hadoop environment for data management & auditing system.


The team aspires to see myApollo potentially be created and their vision to come to fruition; to be able to see people enjoy and connect with our app in a positive and productive manner; and to see more resources available for those struggling with all health conditions.


The team learnt from this course and from this experience. Some of the takeaways are:

  • The market research was important to build a better understanding and have a product driven approach based upon the needs of the users. A large highlight of the project was talking to individuals and hearing about their struggle with mental health and the types of tools and resources that have helped them overcome and/or cope in their mental health journey. This influenced what specific resources were included in the solution. Hearing firsthand accounts helped the team to connect and empathise with users; allowing them to see the real world impact that the application would have on individuals.
  • Through the multiple iterations, it allowed the team to create a more improved version of this project. The number of iterations performed was a big highlight that was noticeable over the course of the project to cater and adapt the solution to suit the needs and wants of our audience. The team remarked that this was the first project they had undertaken which their core solution had transformed greatly over multiple iterations.
  • Brainstorming ideas was important which led to the development of the idea. The diversity of opinions made for greater ideas and a deeper discussion which developed into a more thoughtful, comprehensive and well-informed solution. This also required embracing various (not all) suggestions from discussion between team members, lecturers, mentors from UQ Ventures and Oracle.
  • The use of different models such as value proposition model and business model canvas made the design thinking process easier.

Sometimes luck plays a part in life 🍀


This idea is inspirational and so the team. And as such, I want to connect you to them – whether it be to help understand the problem; to help continue building the solution; or hire them for your organisation.

I’m happy to introduce you to the team or any of the individuals. You can contact me at jason.lowe@oracle.com.

Alfred Ong

  • Bachelor of Business Management at the University of Queensland majoring in Human Resources and Business Information Systems. Graduating in June 2022. 
  • Believes that technology is rapidly evolving and re-innovating is key.
  • Interested in IOT / Crypto / DeFi / Programming / Startups.
  • Enjoys Multicultural Cuisines, Horology & Automotives.

Jennifer Poon

  • Studying a dual degree of BE (Hons) and BBusMan at the University of Queensland, majoring in Software Engineering and Business Information Systems.
  • Interested in information security and emerging environmental technologies. 
  • An avid baker with a lot of houseplants!

Morwenna Fisher

  • Bachelor of Business Management at the University of Queensland majoring in Human Resources and Business Information Systems. Graduating in June 2022. 
  • Has a passion for people and for positive change. 
  • Is driven to contribute to the world becoming a better place which I believe can be done through technology and ‘people’.

Shin Goh

  • Currently studying my last year at University of Queensland, Bachelor in Commerce majoring in Business Information System and Finance. Graduating in Nov 2022.   
  • Main interest in drawing. I am the mascot and icon designer for the team!
  • Passion in expressing creativity through technology, having interest in data management as well.
  • I believe that having constant feedback (iterations) of ‘What Went Well’ and ‘Even Better If’, embracing different opinions, while expressing your own thoughts are what I believe – a key to having an effective and efficient team.  

Vera Han

  • Bachelor of Business Management at the University of Queensland, majoring in Business Information Systems and Marketing.
  • Strong interest in technology and design, communications, creative ideation and innovation.
  • I create aesthetics and enjoy travelling.

Thank you Team Mobile Apollo.

#BuildWithAI 2021 Team Tribute

#BuildWithAI Hackathon 2021 comes at a different point in time. Last year it was a little of an unknown. This is the second year that this event has been run and there was more of an understanding about what to expect and who might be participating.

As like last time, it is a privilege to write this article as there has been significant effort to get to these outcomes. If all I do is to highlight those that have been generous with their time, knowledge and willingness to participate, then it is a service that I will do every time. Here is a recount of some of the teams that participated at the #BuildWithAI Hackathon 2021 (and who were the winners).

This is a tribute.

The one ask that I do have for those is to connect. Connect with the problem; connect with the team and make this tribute more than an article but a way to #BuildWithAI.

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#BuildWithAI 2021 – Another Step

Last weekend (from Friday 29th Oct to Tuesday 2nd Nov), was the #BuildWithAI Hackathon 2021 where participants, mentors, sponsors and organisers gathered together to solve real world challenges with AI. This event does not standalone. In a world full of change, this (from my perspective) started last year in the #BuildWithAI Hackathon 2020 and continued to build.

This article is about the event but the event itself is just “Another Step”.

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#DigitalDefence – The Infinite Game

Last weekend saw over 2,000 people participate in the #DigitalDefence Hackathon hosted by Hackmakers, Oracle as the lead sponsor plus a vast range of other sponsors – ITIC, AustCyber, NASSCOM CoE, Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, IBM and community partners – Public Sector Network, Slack, Black Nova Group, Yirigaa, UNSW DataSoc, SLASSCOM, DataCated Academy and DataEthics4all.

This event was off the back on #BuildWithAI Hackathon hosted by Hackmakers. Being a contributor to that event as a Lead Mentor, Sponsor and a Challenge Organiser, there was something there that resulted from what we were able to deliver – another step in the infinite game. (Note – I haven’t read the book, I don’t follow Simon Sinek however from different communities and framework where we focus on growth mindsets, long tail and talking about your why – this is another example of that same conversation).

This is another step in the infinite game.

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Enhance the security of your website with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s Web Application Firewall

Oracle recently introduced a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to further enhance and secure Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offerings. The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure WAF is based on Oracle Zenedge and Oracle Dyn technologies. It inspects all traffic destined to your web application origin and identifies and blocks all malicious traffic. The WAF offers the following tools, which can be used on any website, regardless of where it is being hosted:

  • Origin management
  • Bot management
  • Access control
  • Over 250 robust protection rules that include the OWASP rulesets to protect against SQL injection, cross-site scripting, HTML injection, and more

In this post, I configure a set of access control WAF policies to a website. Access control defines explicit actions for requests that meet conditions based on URI, request headers, client IP address, or countries and regions.

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Finding The Common Ground …

As with any relationship, it is all about the common ground. Whether you call it negotiating, selling, buying, contracting, settling, approving, endorsing, liking, commenting or something else (similar), it is all about the common ground.

I had the chance to sit down with Ben Hallett — Co-Founder and Director of Vygo (https://www.vygoapp.com/) to talk through a few different things in the education sector and being there at Level 1 of #ThePrecinct in the space with others in #EduTech including Croomo and Go1 — well … it had a good feeling.

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Scaling The Impact

The background of this article has been a journey. Like the story goes, overnight popstars are not born overnight — and this story takes a similar twist.

Late last year (2018), I was able to spend some time at Substation 33 (https://substation33.com.au/) a social enterprise initiative in Logan City Council. And whilst I was there, I had a chat with Tony Sharp — a fantastic person helping spread the word — have more conversations. Here’s a couple of the video chats we had.

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DX Workshop Season 3 — The Experiment

Season 3 of the Developer Experience Workshops had just kicked off today in Perth. And travelling to Melbourne tomorrow for the meetup tomorrow night and then the workshop after that.

See what is happening at the upcoming workshop here at medium.com.

Here are the upcoming workshop (at the point of publishing this article):

Melbourne – Wednesday 8 Nov 1800 Meetup – (York Butter Factory) – http://bit.ly/2hJgfBk
Melbourne – Thursday 9 Nov 0900 Official Session – (Oracle Office ) – http://bit.ly/2zgifsj
Brisbane – Tuesday 14 Nov 0900 Official Session – (Oracle Office) – http://bit.ly/2lUVHtV
Brisbane – Tuesday 14 Nov 1800 Meetup – (Oracle Office) – http://bit.ly/2AlQBKr
Wellington – Monday 20 Nov 1800 Meetup – (TBD) – To Be Finalised
Wellington – Tuesday 21 Nov 0900 Official Session – (Oracle Office) – http://bit.ly/2AbnXuD
Auckland – Wednesday 22 Nov 1800 Meetup – (TBD) – To Be Finalised
Auckland – Thursday 23 Nov 0900 Official Session – (Oracle Office) – http://bit.ly/2hee2k7
Sydney – Wednesday 29 Nov 1500 Official Session – (Oracle Office) – http://bit.ly/2hg3pxx
Adelaide – Thursday 30 Nov 1500 Official Session – (Oracle Office) – http://bit.ly/2h6kQg0

 

A New Hackathon Experience

This week I was attending a customer event. It was an interesting learning experience on different levels. It was a great opportunity to meet some people that I would not normally would be.

It was a hackathon put on by MLC Life Insurance (#MLCLifeHackathon) and we (as Oracle) were happy to support them as one of their partners. I’ve been to other hackathon events but they were organised differently. So I was curious to see what their objectives were. It would too easy to be cynical. With an open mind, I was happy to be part of their journey.

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It’s an Adaptive and Emotional World

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Last week I had the opportunity to pop into QUT Foundry and attend an event called Designing Products For Adaptability, Innovation & Sustainability. It was a great experience and there were lots to learn about it. The guest speakers included Prof. Tyson Browning from TCU visiting from Texas and Dr. Rafael Gomez from QUT. It was an opportunity that I embraced to meet new people and be part of a growing community.

Read More Here to read about what happened.

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