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What is Fedex Day?

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Recently I was lucky enough to be part of a team who won the 2014 Suncorp Innovation Day. This event was heavily based on the concept known as a Fedex Day (known variants include Ship It Day or Hackathon).

What is Fedex Day? Well you'll be surprised to know that it did not originate from Fedex, one of the world's largest express transportation companies. Altassian, an Australian software company are noted as the creators of the concept which has been adopted by organisations across the globe.

Rob Van Lanen best sums up Fedex Day as "a 24-hour event in which employees deliver innovation to the company they work for. It is called FedEx Day, because you have to deliver overnight, like the parcel delivery company. A FedEx Day is a fixed time box in which people are not disturbed for regular work. Within this time box, employees have total autonomy over the project they are enthusiastic about. They decide for themselves what they will be working on, who they are going to work wi…