Hackathons in AustraliaThe big list of hackathons in Australia, updated weekly
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The Big List of Hackathons
Last updated: 25 June 2017. This big list of Hackathons in Australia is your ready-made list collating all the activities taking place in Australia. If you are hosting an innovation event or hackathon, enter the hackathon details in the form below to be included in our list. Here are some events to add to your diary:
- July 2017:
- Melbourne Business Analytics Datathon (Melbourne, 1-2 July) – The Melbourne Business School’s ‘Business Analytics Datathon’ with $25,000 prize money is aimed at showcasing how advanced analytics can ‘Transform decision making’ using SAS analytics software and Data Republic’s data sharing platform.
- CityHack17 (Brisbane, 14-16 July) – Get moving and have a positive impact on the future of Brisbane.
- GovHack (Locations TBA, 28-30 July) – The annual open data competition.
- August 2017:
- Unearthed Sydney (Sydney, 25-27 August) – Develop prototype technology solutions to resource challenges.
- UNIHACK Melbourne 2017 (Melbourne, 5-6 August) 24 hours to build anything – a website, a mobile application, a video game, or even something hardware.
- UNIHACK Sydney 2017 (Sydney, 19-20 August) – Teams have 24 hours to design and build something awesome.
- September 2017:
- SHACK – A family hackathon (Melbourne, 25-26 September) – Bring your family along and turn your ideas into reality.
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Past events include:
- Mental Health Hackathon (Perth, 20 May) – Australia’s first mental health hackathon
- Chronic Pain Australia (Sydney, 20 May) – Chronic pain solutions
- Random Hacks of Kindness (Sydney, 28 May) – Australia wide hackathon for social impact
- GivingBackathon (Perth, 19-20 May) – Hackathon to solve the local problems of Armidale.
- Unearthed Perth (Perth, 19-21 May) – Develop prototype solutions to problems within the resource sector.
- HunterHackFest (Newcastle, 19-20 May) – Prototype next-generation ideas and business concepts for Newcastle and the Hunter Region.
- Give Backathon (Brisbane, 20-21 May) – Supporting indigenous not-for-profit organisations.
- Writally Bloghackathon (Spring Hill, 23 May) – Aim to show you how to create an original blog post in record time, and empower you to publish so you can reach your potential customers with ease, build your authority, and gain a competitive edge.
- Techfugees Adelaide (Adelaide, 26 May) – Help improve the lives of refugee families in Australia.
- IDEATOR: Innovate the Future (Melbourne, 29-30 May) – Hackathon for any Monash student, alumni or staff with a focus on future jobs, food and energy.
- HunterHackFest (NTL, 10-11 June) – open hackathon for Hunter Valley digital innovators
- Unearthed Adelaide – hackathon for the resources sector
- AngelHack (Sydney, 18 June) – AngelHack’s 9th global hackathon series
- JusticeHack (Sydney, 18-20 July) – UNSW Law hackathon
- Retail Innovation PitchFest (Melbourne, entries due 22 July) – event in August
- SheHacks (Melbourne, 22-24 July) – Australia’s first all female hackathon
- HISA HackingHealth (Melbourne, 25-27 July) – Part of the HIC 2016 conference
- GovHack (Various, 30-31 July) – Australia’s open gov event
- UniHack (Melbourne, 30-31 July) – Monash university hackathon
- Qantas Codeshare Hackathon (Sydney, 5-7 August) – Qantas’ second annual hackathon in conjunction with Disruptor’s Handbook
- Breaking Law (Melbourne, 5-7 August) – King and Wood Mallesons team up with Melbourne University
- Thrive Questathon (Sydney, 5-7 August) – youth refugee hackathon
- Anthronaut Experiment (Melbourne, 12-14 August) – Sustainable urban development VR/AR hackathon
- Unearthed (Sydney, 19-21 August) – hackathon for the resources sector
- AVRN (Perth, 26-28 August) – Western Australia’s first virtual reality hackathon
- Visa Everywhere (Virtual, 2-26 August) – Pitch submission followed by presentation in September
- Unearthed Newcastle (Newcastle, 26-28 August) – hackathon for the resources sector
- Sydney Hackastars (Sydney, 1-4 September) – Send a 1 minute pitch to apply for entry. $30k in prizes
- TechFugees (Sydney, 2-4 September) – The second round of the hackathon for refugees, this time hosted in Parramatta
- HaTCHathon (Sydney, 9-11 September) – User your skills, creativity and awesomeness to help solve some of the toughtest challenges facing health care today. Run by by Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia
- Pedestrian Safety Hackathon (Sydney, 9 September) – University of Sydney in conjunction with the NSW Data Analytics Centre
- Monash MYHack: Countering Violent Extremism (Melbourne, 9-11 September) – Mobilizing youth for CVE innovation
- AgriHack GRAIN (Sydney,16-18 September) – Hackathon that brings all agricultural influences together to tackle farming and social challenges
- MEDevice (Melbourne, 13 September – 4 October) – Medical innovation based hackathon for Melbourne university postgraduate students over 4 weeks
- OneNote Hackathon (Sydney, 7 October) – hackathon to build amazing notebooks
- Angular Hack Day (Melbourne, 8 October) – one day hack for developers or people who want to learn Angular
- ITS MasterCard Smart Cities Hackathon (Melbourne, 8-9 October) – hackathon to build an intelligent transport solution
- GAPPS Project Hackathon (Sydney, 13-14 October) – a Thought Leadership Forum to bring together academics and practitioners with diverse experiences to share their knowledge and collaborate to build open source tools
- Flux (Sydney, 13-15 October) – Australia’s first hackathon to explore the future of human behaviour
- Unearthed Melbourne (Melbourne, 14-16 October) – hackathon for the resources sector
- HealthHack (Sydney, 14-16 October) – medical research hackathon
- HealthHack (Melbourne, 14-16 October) – medical research hackathon
- HealthHack (Brisbane, 14-16 October) – medical research hackathon
- HealthHack (Perth, 14-16 October) – medical research hackathon
- HealthHack (Canberra, 14-16 October) – medical research hackathon
- Lady Problems Hackathon (Sydney, 14-16 October) – hackathon to create technology that will address the roadblocks that prevent female entrepreneurship
- TADHack (Brisbane, 15-16 October) – part of the global event program, hosted at Oracle in Brisbane
- TADHack (Melbourne, 15-16 October) – part of the global event program, hosted at Telstra’s Gurrowa Innovation Lab
- TADHack (Sydney, 15-16 October) – part of the global event program, hosted at Telstra’s Muru-D
- Writally Bloghackathon (Brisbane, 18 October) – Writally aims to show you how to create an original blog post in record time
- Energy Hackathon (Melbourne, 21 October) – unlock ideas, educate influencers and stimulate entrepreneurship in the energy industry worldwide
- H(R)ackathon (Sydney, 21-23 October) – hackathon to solve broad human resources concerns
- Angular Hack Day (Brisbane, 22 October) – one day hack for developers or people who want to learn Angular
- AppHack (Adelaide, 23-25 October) – solve a social, fitness or security problem in the form of a mobile app
- RMIT Teaching and Learning Open Conference and hackathon (Melbourne, 24-25 October) – hackathon on Day 1 calling on folk with skills in programing and using data sets to graphically display meaning from data sets
- Questathon (Sydney, 22, 28-30 October) – participants will work with entrepreneurs to come up with a range of products and services that can make a difference in our community – and they don’t necessarily need to be tech-based
- Sustainability Jam (Melbourne, 4-6 November) – an annual event that happens on the same weekend in cities across the world where teams are formed to work on real-world ideas with a focus on sustainability
- Immersive Hack (Sydney, 4-6 November) – use Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and other immersive technologies to problem-solve, design and tell stories
- Angular Hack Day (Sydney, 5 November) – one day hack for developers or people who want to learn Angular
- TechFugees Australia Hackathon with Young People (Sydney, 5-6 November) – the tech community’s response to the current refugee problem
- Apps4autism Hackathon (Melbourne, 14-16 November) – develop innovative solutions that enhance the lives of people on the spectrum and the autism community
- HackerNest Melbourne November Tech Social (Melbourne, 15 November) – not a hackathon as such but more a fun, relaxed way to connect with your local tech community
- WWF Designathon (Sydney, 19-20 November) – create, innovate, and ideate around two big issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals: Sustainable Food and Clean Energy
- Spotless Hack @ the G (Melbourne, 21-22 November) – develop an IoT or data solution that will enhance Spotless’ customer experience
- InnovAGE (Melbourne, 25-27 November, 2016) – hackathon to develop the next big thing in aged care
- CityHack16 (Brisbane, 25-27 November 2016) – hackathon to cultivate technology solutions to some of our city’s most pressing challenges
- Gradhack (Sydney, 25-26 November) – Industrie IT hosts a hackathon where you can learn more about empathy, and build a way to reduce the empathy deficit.
- Wagga Hack 4 Good (NSW, 25-27 November) – the Wagga Wagga community develop local partnerships to build a more innovative and prosperous city
- StartCon (Sydney, 26 November) – hackathon associated with the Startup Conference
- Kingdom Hack (Wollongong, 26 November) – the first of what will be many amazing hackathons – Kingdom Hack kicks off their program in Wollongong.
- Melbourne Summer Hackathon (Melbourne, 26-27 November) – hackathon organised by Random Hacks of Kindness
- Sydney Summer Hackathon (Sydney, 26-27 November) – hackathon organised by Random Hacks of Kindness
- Western Sydney Summer Hackathon (Western Sydney, 26-27 November) – hackathon organised by Random Hacks of Kindness
- Cisco Virtual Hackathon Asia Pacific (Sydney, Melbourne, 15 November – 15 December) – a 2-month online challenge to develop or implement Cisco technologies into your app
- ZikaHACK (Sydney, November 2016-May 2017) – hackathon for university students to develop early identification of disease outbreaks. Pitch submission followed by presentation in April
- TOM MedTech Makeathon (Melbourne, 28-30 November) – bringing people with disabilities and makers together to develop open source assistive technology. Very cool.
- Med_hack (Melbourne, 28-29 November) – teams collaborate across different disciplines to solve important medical issues
- Engineering Disruption (Sydney, 28 November-1 December) – a special hackathon for UNSW students to work across disciplines to deliver a future we all want to live in.
- The Telstra Cloud Hackathon (Melbourne, 9-11 December) – free hackathon hosted by Telstra Cloud
- Xamarin Hack Day (Melbourne, 10 December) – one day hackathon for Xamarin Developers or for people who want to learn Xamarin
- Blockchain Virtual GovHack (virtual, registrations close 12 December) – sponsored by the UAE Government with $140,000 in prizes, it’s worth pitching in your idea
- Free Money MicroHack (Sydney, 12-13 December) – this Pollenizer backed program calls founders to apply to transform the fintech sector.
- Unearthed (Melbourne, TBA) – the hackathon for the resources sector.
- Xamarin Hack Day (Sydney, 14 January) – one day hackathon for Xamarin Developers or for people who want to learn Xamarin
- Global Service Jam (Melbourne, 17 February) – Part of the global service jam program, this event will help you learn more about service design, UX, CX and more.
- Minecraft for Children with Type 1 Diabetes (Brisbane, 17-19 February) – Hosted by Fishburners, this event gives children and their families the opportunity to play as a Minecraft character with Type 1 Diabetes and learn with no risk to their health.
- Writally Bloghackathon (Spring Hill, Qld, 21 February) – A hackathon for bloggers and blogging. After all, it’s not just technology that can be hacked.
- Challenging Inequality (Sydney, 21 February) – A 12 hour hackathon and pitch session at Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at UNSW.
- Enabled by Design-a-thon (Sydney, 24 February) – Remarkable brings you Enabled by Design-athon – a two day action-packed hackathon-style event. Across 48 hours teams will hack solutions for everyday challenges as identified by people with disabilities, therapists and caregivers.
- Hacking for Humanity (Melbourne, 25-26 February) – Girls in Tech are hosting
- MPID Healthcare Hackathon (Sydney, 25-26 February) – Macquarie Park Innovation District and NAB host this health focused event.
- Data Driven Hackathon (Sydney, 25-26 February) – One for the data nerds.
- PharmHack Melbourne (Melbourne, 3 March) – bringing innovation to the pharmacy industry
- Datathon (Melbourne, 4-5 March) – bringing inter-professional critical care trainees and clinicians (data novices to gurus), statisticians, data scientists and administrators together in the same room to tackle clinical problems with large datasets.
- Sydney VR Hackathon (Sydney, 10-13 March) – BYO gear to the hackathon, then present to the Sydney VR Meetup Group.
- UTS Ericsson Hackathon (Sydney, 16-17 March) – UTS and Ericsson are collaborating to host the Intelligent Transport Systems in Smart Cities Hackathon
- Techfugees (Brisbane, 17-19 March) – develop creative tech solutions to help refugees settle into the Queensland community
- Female Football Week Hackathon (Sydney, 17-19 March) – Football Federation Australia, in partnership with Coder Factory Academy and Node Girls Australia, will be hosting the first digital Hackathon aimed at fostering and creating innovation for Women’s Football.
- Codebrew (Melbourne, 17-19 March) – Details to come.
- Fishburners Flight Centre Hackathon (Brisbane, 24 March) – Compete for $10k in prizes and an opportunity to work with Flight Centre.
- HackerNest Melbourne March Tech Social (Melbourne, 28 March) – an agenda-free social event that connects local tech communities
- Girl Geek Sydney + HackAUS March Meetup (Sydney, 28 March) – Girl Geek Sydney and Hackathons Australia are teaming up for a joint meetup at Fishburners.
- Breaking Law (Sydney, 31 March) – For UTS students only.
- #SheHacksVIC Warragul Bootcamp (1 April) – Prepare for the world’s largest all-female hackathon by learning the fundamental skills required to build a startup.
- #SheHacksVIC Bendigo Bootcamp (9 April) – Prepare for the world’s largest all-female hackathon by learning the fundamental skills required to build a startup.
- #SheHacksVIC Warrnambool Bootcamp (10 April) – Prepare for the world’s largest all-female hackathon by learning the fundamental skills required to build a startup.
- Melbourne Datathon (Melbourne, 13 April-5 May) – Learning and knowledge transfer – with access to secret data.
- Writally Bloghackathon (Spring Hill, 18 April) – Aim to show you how to create an original blog post in record time, and empower you to publish so you can reach your potential customers with ease, build your authority, and gain a competitive edge.
- Unearthed Brisbane (Brisbane, 21 April) – Unearthed is focused on the resources sector.
- Visagio Hackathon (Perth, 21 April) – UWAYE and Visagio partner up to host a global health hackathon at the University of Western Australia.
- H2 Growth-Hackathon at Haymarket HQ (Sydney, 28-30 April) – Participants work together to growth hack for a real-life startup.
- AngelHack Global Hackathon Series: Sydney (Sydney, 29-30 April) – Hackathon that is not limited to one theme or challenge and is open to any ideas.
- Content Hackathon (Brisbane, 30 April) – One day content hackathon where you can write up to a year’s worth of content for your startup, small business, or personal brand.
- CAIxMIC Hackathon (Melbourne, 5 May) – Bring your idea, invention or innovation to the Melbourne Innovation Centre to get feedback from global leaders in innovation analysis.
- AngelHack Global Hackathon Series: Melbourne (Melbourne, 6-7 May) – Hackathon that is not limited to one theme or challenge and is open to any ideas.
- #SheHacksVIC Melbourne Bootcamp (Melbourne, 7 May) – Prepare for the world’s largest all-female hackathon by learning the fundamental skills required to build a startup.
- BudgetHack (Melbourne, 3-17 May) – Code For Australia are hosting a hackathon to explore different ways to present and make sense of the state budget information.
- Telstra Innovation Challenge (Melbourne, 6-13 May) – Solve some of the largest problems that Australian agriculture faces.
- Smart Cities Hackathon (Sydney, 8-9 May) – Schneider Electric is inviting the next generation of movers and shakers to participate in building smarter cities.
- The Smith Family Hackathon (Sydney, 11-12 May) – The Smith Family take their long-standing partnerships with Corporate Australia to the next level.
- #RegHack DownUnder (Melbourne, 12-14 May) – Hackathon to help solve regulatory issues in the Financial Services and the Energy Sector in Australia
- AngelHack Global Hackathon Series: Brsibane (Brisbane, 13-14 May) – Hackathon that is not limited to one theme or challenge and is open to any ideas.
- GovJam Melbourne (Melbourne, 16-18 May) – Build new and novel products and services in the pursuit of better, human-centred government interactions and public services.
- MNIT Hackathon Planning Session (Brisbane, 18 May) – Get ready and submit ideas for the Metro North IT’s Frail and Elderly Hackathon.
- MNIT Hackathon (Brisbane, 2 June) – Metro North IT are hosting a Frail and Elderly Hackathon.
- Homelessness Hackathon (South Brisbane, 2-4 June) – Hackathon to develop long-term and sustainable solutions to the problems facing homeless people.
- VR Hackathon (Brisbane, 2-4 June) – Use virtual reality and related technologies to develop innovative hardware and software solutions.
- IoTCup 2017 (Melbourne, 3-4 June) – The inaugural IoTCup is a fun, innovative competition for the best and brightest university students, academics and professionals from Australia and New Zealand to showcase their creativity, technology expertise and passion for business innovation in the Internet of Things.
- ConnectHack (Mulgrave, 6 June) – Uncover the possibilities and potential of Business ICT and internet connectivity in South East Melbourne business precincts.
- LakeMacHack (Charlestown, 16-18 June) – Talented local teams will double down on key local transport challenges that need some applied thinking, innovation skills and fresh approaches.
- Startup Weekend Toowoomba (Toowoomba, 16-18 June) – A hackathon focused on science tourism. Explore how tourism products can increase science engagement and realise economic benefit through enhanced STEM content in existing and new products.
- Random Hacks of Kindness (Melbourne, 17-18 June) – Individuals and groups from around Australia will be joining in to hack for humanity at the RHoK Winter Hackathon 2017.
- Planet Saving Technology, Smart Cities and the Internet of Things (Sydney, 23 June) – Less a hackathon – more of a forum for discussion. Promises to be interesting.
- Global VR Hackathon (Melbourne, 23-25 June) – Includes a pre-event workshop to get you up to speed with VR.