Big List of Hackathons in Australia

The big list of hackathons in Australia, updated weekly.

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Are you an innovator, developer, data guru, designer, or startup? Are you keen to solve problems in the agriculture industry? If so, Ministry of Data and AgHack need you! AgHack is a weekend-long (27-29 July) hackathon in Perth that aims to solve real problems facing the agriculture industry. The event challenges were developed in partnership with the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPRID) and are highly relevant and valuable to the industry.

The Big List of Hackathons

Last updated: 19 July 2018. 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 details in the form below to be included in our list.

Here are some events to add to your diary:

July 2018

  • The Melbourne Datathon  (Melbourne, 24 July – 26 September) – Join us for the 4th Melbourne Datathon now over 2 months. Find some insights in a never released before dataset and try to convince our panel to back your ideas.
  • Sprout Hackathon (Melbourne, 26-17 July) – An innovation event, designed to give teams an opportunity to collaborate on new ideas and develop innovative solutions using the latest technologies. 
  • AgHack (Perth, 27-29 July) – AgHack aims to solve pre-validated agricultural challenges presented by the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
  • Clipchamp Hackathon 2018 (Fortitude Valley, 27-29 July) – The theme for this Hackathon is Browser First, so come put your skill set on the table and help realise new browser-first applications.
  • Startup Education Hackathon (Manunda, 27 July) – A one day event focusing on the entrepreneurial skills development of teachers, lecturers, and trainers equipping and empowering them with the tools and knowledge to educate our young leaders of tomorrow.
  • Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Winter Hackathon (Brisbane 28-29 July) – RHoK connects the best and brightest developers and other IT savvy volunteers with community partners in need through a weekend-long hackathon where they build practical, open source solutions to solve real world social problems.
  • UNIHACK Melbourne (Melbourne, 28-29 July) – UNIHACK is Australia’s premier student hackathon. Teams have 24 hours to create something awesome. It can be anything – a website, an app, a game, an IoT solution, or even hardware. The most important thing is that it works at the end of the 24 hours. UNIHACK Melbourne is organised with the help of WIRED Monash, Monash University’s IT student society.

August 2018

  • Breathable Sydney Hackathon (3-4 August, Chippendale) – A hackathon to unearth a brilliant way to harness new technology to ensure that metropolitan Sydney is healthy and liveable.
  • Disrupting Law (Brisbane, 3-5 August) – A unique 54-hour hackathon/design jam for tertiary students focused on finding new opportunities in the legal industry.
  • Brisbane Not-for-profit Salesforce Hackathon (Fortitude Valley, 4-5 August) – Teams of admins & developers will be assigned to not-for-profit organisations to scope, build and present technology solutions based on the Salesforce platform.
  • EOS Global Hackathon (Sydney, 4-5 August) – A first-of-its-kind event in the world of blockchain that serves Block.one’s goal of supporting of a decentralized global community from the ground up. Get involved to create a new wave of blockchain dApps that secure life, liberty, and property.
  • UNIHACK Sydney (Sydney, 5-6 August) – UNIHACK is Australia’s premier student hackathon. Teams have 24 hours to create something awesome. It can be anything – a website, an app, a game, an IoT solution, or even hardware. The most important thing is that it works at the end of the 24 hours. UNIHACK Sydney is organised with the help of SUITS, the University of Sydney’s IT student society.
  • Drone Designathon (South Brisbane, 9 August) – An event empowering the next generation of makers, designers, entrepreneurs and inventors in Years 7-12 to design a drone for any purpose.
  • #TestFestVic Part 2 (Melbourne, 11 August) – This hackathon focuses on creating a digital solution to increase HIV testing in Victoria.
  • RMIT Hack-a-thon (Carlton, 11-12 August) – The event will run for 24 hours to motivate teams to create something amazing that will empower their voice in the classroom.
  • Code Network Winter Hackathon (Brisbane, 17-19 August) – Use your coding ability to build absolutely anything, along as it’s awesome.
  • Future Workplace Hackathon (Sydney, 24-26 August) – A hackathon for those interested in being part of shaping the future workplace.
  • Makers: Playful Arts (Surry Hills 24-26 August) – A game jam targeting real world issues with a focus on innovation and meeting like-minded people.
  • Society of Medical Innovation: Health Hackathon (Kensington, 24-26 August) – A 3 day event where participants will be given the chance to form teams and develop an innovative medical idea.
  • Hackathon: Your ticket to Silicon Valley! (Mildura, 25-26 August) – Encouraging regional entrepreneurs to bring participants business ideas to life by workshopping their assumptions about the market, competitive landscape, feasibility and viability.

September 2018

  • What’s your Story – Social Innovation Hackathon (Saint Kilda, 1 September) – This event calls for young adults, social innovators, impact entrepreneurs, service provides and others interested in improving late-night entertainment culture in Melbourne, St Kilda, or Prahran for 18-24 year olds.
  • Downer Spotless Hack The City (Melbourne, 6-7 September) – We live and operate in increasingly complex environments, and it is critical that assets, infrastructure and facilities are managed and maintained in a smart and efficient manners. Downer and Spotless are looking for participants to hack solutions to make it a reality.
  • HealthHack (Brisbane, 14-16 September) – An event that helps medical researchers, health professionals, tech & design wizards and students find innovative solutions to important health problems.
  • Ideas to Unf**k the World: Social Justice Hackathon (Adelaide, 22-23 September) – To celebrate global Unf**k the World Day, groups of 18-30 year olds will come together with mentors to ideate solutions to some of the worlds most complex social and environmental challenges.
  • Ms Secure Coder Hackathon (Sydney, 22 September) – One for the female students in tech majors, the Ms Secure Coder Hackathon is a secure coding workshop and contest to find solutions to some of the most mind-boggling problems in software development today.

October 2018

  • TADHack (Melbourne, 13-14 October) – A hackathon that helps people learn about the latest Internet, IT, and Telecoms technologies and use those technologies to solve problems that are important.

November 2018

  • Shearwater Application Security Hackathon 2018 (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra & Brisbane, 16 November) – Attend this Hackathon and plunge into the dark world of cyber attacks and view applications through the eyes of a rogue adversary. Particiapants can also join remotely from anywhere in Australia.

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July 2018

  • Teen Hackathon (Ipswich, 2-6 July) – A creative tech based event to empower young minds to express their problem solving skills. Open to anyone between the ages of 13-17.
  • Big Data Society Hackathon (Sydney, 4-6 July) –  This hackathon will focus on techniques to analyse the Big Data generated on Social Networks to Save Lives including proactive detection to understand patterns of suicidal thoughts, online bullying and criminal behaviour. Must be a university student to enter.
  • Clean Energy Hack (Chippendale, 6-7 July) – EnergyLab and Origin Energy have teamed up to challenge participants to find solutions to facilitate the uptake of clean energy in Australia.
  • Arduino Hackathon (St Lucia, 7-8 July) – A 2 day hackathon focusing on programming arduino to interact with a variety of sensors and actuators, in an effort to create an arduino workshop for school students.
  • Cultov8 Hackathon (Ballarat, 7-8 July) – Accelerate your startup.
  • Grand Question Hack (Brisbane, 7-8 July) – Across two days participants will help to design 18 questions to understand the desired lifestyle of Australian youth, whilst also learning their desired skills and desired work life.
  • Clean Water Hackathon (Kensington, 11-13 July) – A collaboration between Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the Sri Lankan government to investigate Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Cause, a serious public health issue affecting agricultural communities in the country’s north-east, and hack some solutions.
  • Dynamite Hackathon (Fortitude Valley, 13-15 July) – Hosted by ChangeMakeHer, Dynamite Hackathon is a three day event that encourages high school students to think creatively to come up with innovative solutions to problems. Open to anyone in year 7-12 in 2018.
  • UHack 2018: Innovate Tasmania ( Hobart, Launceston & Burnie, 13-15 July) – UHack is Tasmania’s innovation hackathon competition – run for student and public innovators – by staff and students from the University of Tasmania. It’s not all about programming – it’s also about identifying problems and opportunities, developing a business model, and putting together a pitch video that summarises your project.
  • Unearthed Brisbane (Brisbane, 13-15 July) – Unearthed Brisbane will bring together software developers, data scientists, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and industry insiders to develop prototype technology solutions to resource challenges.
  • Cultov8 Hackathon (Shepparton, 14-15 July) – Accelerate your startup.
  • DevNQ Hackathon (Douglas, 14-15 July) – A weekend-long programming and design sprint that brings together industry professionals and students to solve the needs of the community today and into the future.
  • Technology Hackathon (18 July, Melbourne) – A hackathon to identify technologies and create solutions that can improve the delivery of LXRA projects, as well as the wider infrastructure construction industry.

June 2018

  • Random Hacks of Kindness Winter Hackathon 2018 (RHoK) (Sydney & Richmond, 2-3 June) – The purpose of this event is to connect the hacking community with social, not for profit organisations to help solve a real world problem over a weekend! RHoK finds the little guys trying to make a difference in the community, who need the help of IT professionals, then over the weekend hack away to design and develop a solution that they can walk away with.
  • IoT Cup (Melbourne, 2-5 June) – Develop innovations that will change how physical objects exchange data in a connected world.
  • Hacking Health @ eHealth Expo 2018 (Brisbane, 5-7 June) – A three-day event which brings healthcare problems to multi-disciplinary and digital developer teams to create novel and innovative solutions.
  • Ideas to Unf**k the World: Social Justice Hackathon – (Adelaide, 9-10 June) – To celebrate global Unf**k the World Day, groups of 18-30 year olds will come together with mentors to ideate solutions to some of the worlds most complex social and environmental challenges.
  • Health-Hack ’18 (Sydney, 18-19 June) – Trying to answer the question, ‘how can we harness modern technologies to improve the fitness and wellbeing of the Australian population?’
  • CQ Disaster Hackathon (Rockhampton, 20-22 June) – CQ Disaster Hack 2018 will bring together a diverse group of key stakeholders and contacts to build a solid business solution to the issues raised during disaster management operations.
  • To Be Disrupted – Ideathon (Southbank, 22 June) – At the non-coding equivalent of the hackathon – The Ideathon – participants will hack solutions to waste and last mile delivery problems.
  • EnergyLab TasNetworks Hackathon (Hobart, 22-23 June) – A hackathon designed to bring people interested in smart energy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts.

May 2018

  • Binance DEXathon Melbourne (Melbourne, 4-6 May) – The hackathon will guide teams through a weekend of blockchain principles and protocols, and work with them to theorise, research and pitch a possible solution for a DEX.
  • Startup Weekend Perth (Perth, 4-6 May) – A  54-hour event where participants get to be part of building a business in a weekend, Silicon Valley style.
  • Future of Automotive Tech Hackathon (Cremorne, 11-13 May) – Over the weekend team will work to create a prototype of a product or service for the automotive industry, which will then be presented to a panel of industry judges.
  • Hardware Startup Weekend (Brisbane, 11-13 May) – Create a startup in just 54 hours while collaborating with a group of motivated individuals.
  • New Futures Hackathon for Aged Care 2018 (Newcastle, 11-12 May) – Help alleviate the world’s ageing population crises in this health-focused hackathon.
  • #MKW18  Hack For Change (Melbourne, 12 May) –  Kickstart your skills in UX design by developing new ways of building community digital literacy in Melbourne.
  • Melbourne Public Safety Hackathon (Melbourne, 14-16 May) – A unique opportunity for agencies and developers to collaborate, innovate, and contribute to safer Australian communities.
  • Digital Marketing Hackathon (Brisbane, 18-19 May) –  A two-day event focused on highlighting the importance of data in digital strategies.
  • Hackcess to Justice (Brisbane, 18-20 May) – A hackathon where talented tertiary students and early career legal professionals passionate about law and technology will design and ultimately pitch an innovative solution to neighbourhood disputes.
  • Honey Hackathon (Crawley, 18-20 May) – The challenge: How to make international buyers recognise the value of WA’s honey and create new business opportunities.
  • Makers: Resilience (Surry Hills, 18-20 May) – A weekend hackathon focussed on the theme of resilience. Come along to design, create, and build a MVP.
  • SmallBizHack (Sydney, 19-20 May) – Create a solution that saves a small business time or money in 2 days for a chance to win $5000.
  • ActInSpace Hackathon (Adelaide, 25-26 May) – ActInSpace is an international innovation contest inspiring young people worldwide to create startups by meeting challenges based on space technologies, data and infrastructure. 2018 is the first time Australia is participating.
  • #Hack4FI (Sydney, 25-27 May) – A new approach to social impact innovation focusing on hacking Financial Inclusion.
  • AngelHack Sydney Hackathon (Sydney, 26-27 May) – Get together and hack a solution to the world’s problems, the theme for this year is ‘seamless technology’.
  • #TestFestVic Part 1 (Melbourne, 26 May) – This hackathon focuses on creating a digital solution to increase HIV testing in Victoria.

April 2018

  • Analytics & Machine Learning Hackathon (Carlton, 3-4 April) –  A 2 day event in collaboration with Telstra and RMIT where participants will be work on real business problems to come up with innovative solutions. Only university students may participate.
  • UNIHACK MINI (Clayton, 7-8 April) – A hackathon for first time hackers. Only open to Monash University students.
  • Unearthed Perth 2018 (Perth, 13-15 April) – Develop prototype technology solutions to resource challenges over a 54-hour period.
  • AngelHack Sydney Hackathon (Sydney, 14-15 April) – Get together and hack a solution to the world’s problems, the theme for this year is ‘seamless technology’.
  • fatigueHACK (Canberra, 18-20 April) – Create disruptive new solutions that to tackle driver fatigue in the Australian trucking industry.
  • Code2Learn Stuvac Hackathon (Sydney, 19-22 April) – A chance for UTS students interested in Information and Technology Engineering to design and build a solution to a problem in 29 hours.
  • 2018 Tanda Hackathon (Brisbane, 20-21 April) – A hackathon focused on improving employee experience. All proceeds from ticket sales go to IT and programming clubs at local universities.
  • The Cross-Border Hackathon (Victoria, 20-22 April) – Many Australian businesses are yet to fully leverage their opportunity to export to the Asia-pacific market via e-commerce channels, as well as effectively engaging with the demographic wave of Asian tourists and migrants travelling to Australia, join this 3 day hack to attempt to solve these problems.
  • Startup Weekend Bundaberg (Bundaberg, 20-22 April) – Spend the weekend learning about the startup ideation process and connecting with other entrepreneurial-minded people.
  • Hack The Reef (Smithfield, 21 April) – The world’s first creative hackathon dedicated to finding solutions to problems facing the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Incubate Hackathon (Docklands, 21-22 April) – The first ever African Australian Socialpreneurship Hackathon. For people 18-30 years old.
  • UWAYE and Worley 2018 Hackathon (Crawley, 27 April) – Get together and create solutions for real clients focused on the uses of machine learning on engineering products.
  • ANZICS Critical Care Datathon (Sydney, 28-29 April) – A fun, creative and innovative event that brings together experts and novices to learn more about data and discover knowledge. Free to attend and held at The University of Sydney.
  • Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) Hackathon (Fortitude Valley, 28-29 April) – The first ARRB Hackathon will focus on Smart Roads.
  • Tourism IdeasFest (Darwin, 28 April) – A one day hackathon to foster new opportunities in tourism and hospitality in the Northern Territory.
  • HARDHACK 2018 (Clayton, 28-29 April) – Competitors will work together in teams to produce a hardware solution that addresses a need in society. The hardware solution must be tangible, and able to interact with its surrounding environment. Only open to undergrad students enrolled at Monash University.
  • #SheHacks Games (Melbourne, 28-29 April) – An all-woman game jam where participants will have two days to create a game of any genre and any platform.

March 2018

  • AgriHack (Wagga Wagga, 1-2 March) – A two day Hackathon held at Charles Sturt University’s Wagga Wagga Campus that focuses on building solutions to some key challenges faced by the agriculture sector.
  • Startup Weekend Melbourne (2-4 March, Melbourne) – A 54-Hour event bringing together non-technical and technical talent to build amazing things in one weekend. During the event, you will meet, network, and learn from Melbourne’s successful entrepreneurs and industry experts, and experience being part of the booming startup scene.
  • Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)  (Brisbane, 3-4 March) – The purpose of this event is to connect the hacking community with social, not for profit organisations to help solve a real world problem over a weekend! This is a two day Hackathon which we hold twice a year. We find the little guys who are trying to make a difference in the community, who need the help of IT professionals, then over the weekend hack away to design and develop a solution that they can walk away with. It’s allot of fun, great for networking and an awesome way to help out community!
  • Cultov8 Hackathon (Dandenong, 3-4 March) – Accelerate your startup.
  • Hack@LAK (Sydney, 5-9 March) – Hacking education through novel data sources, standards and infrastructure.
  • Global Service Jam Melbourne 2018 (Melbourne, 9-11 March) – Explore and experience Design Thinking. Teams will have 48 hours to develop brand new services inspired by a shared theme that will be announced on the first night of the event.
  • Health and Houses Hack (Kensington, 9-11 March) – Teams will be designing and developing solutions to improve the living conditions within the Korail slums, with an emphasis on using materials and resources that would be readily available to the residents.
  • Holochain Hackathon (Sydney, 9-11 March) –  Build an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) version of an app over the weekend using Holochain.
  • Honey Hackathon (Perth, 9-11 March) – A chance to think differently about how we use, promote, distribute and store honey.
  • Hack the Canon: Women in Design Wikipedia-edit-a-thon (Sydenham, 10 March) – Empowering female editors through a social wiki-a-thon.
  • McKinsey Analytics Online Hackathon: Recommendation Design (Online, 10-11 March) – Participants will have the opportunity to experience and overcome some of the challenges that leading global organisations face. Additionally, the best participants will be short listed for interviews with McKinsey, and the winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to an international analytics conference of their choice as a McKinsey guest.
  • Holochain Hackathon (Melbourne, 16-18 March) –  Build an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) version of an app over the weekend using Holochain.
  • Wise Hacks Melbourne (Richmond, 16-18 March) – Finding creative solutions to the City of Yarra’s Urban Connectivity issues.
  • Perth Computational Law & Blockchain (CL+B) Festival and Hackathon (Perth, 18 March) – Create personal projects or submissions for one of CL+B’s Global Challenges.
  • CleanTech Women Hack: Changing behaviours for a cleaner energy future (Chippendale, 23-24 March) – Teams formulate and present a product or service that will radically change the way people consume or produce energy. Anyone is invited to participate but all teams must have a female leader.
  • Codebrew 2018 (Melbourne, 23-25 March) – A hackathon run for students by students that will focus on bridging the gap between developing and developed countries.
  • CongestionHack 2018 (Sydney, 23-25 March) – An open data hackathon to reduce congestion in Sydney. Open for members of the public and Internal for those teams with a least one member from the wider Transport for NSW cluster.
  • Future of Sex Hackathon (Brisbane, 23-25 March) – Register for Australia’s first sextech hackathon.
  • Heard Blog Hackathon (Brisbane, 24 March) – Helping those with health related issues ensure their voice is heard.
  • JA Australia Hackathon (Sydney, 24-25 March) – An opportunity for high school and university students come up with an idea and turn it into an actionable plan for potential business

February 2018

  • Migrathon (North Sydney, 2 February) – A students only hackathon to change the world.
  • EnergyLab (Brisbane, 3 February) – Cleantech hackathon.
  • EnergyLab Canberra Smart Energy Hackathon (Canberra, 9-10 February) – Cleantech hackathon.
  • Fishackathon (Melbourne, 10-11 February) – Sustainable fishing and aquaculture hackathon.
  • Hackastron Sky Mining – (Perth, 16-18 February) – Real life astronomy challenges using Big Data.
  • ncoss Hack4MentalHealth by Vibewire (Sydney, 16-18 February) – A social impact hackathon, bringing tech and innovation to the challenges of mental health and wellbeing.
  • Sydney Women Startup Weekend (Sydney, 16-18 February) – In 54 hours, create a social impact startup. Hosted by UTS as part of the Techstars global movement, supported by Google for Entrepreneurs.
  • Cultov8 Hackathon (Broadmeadows, 17-18 February) – Accelerate your startup.
  • Digital Tribes (Global/online, 16-23 February) – Disruptive technology in the resource sector.
  • Budding Tech (Ultimo, 23 February) – Australia’s first medical cannabis hackathon.
  • Global Legal Hackathon (Clayton & Sydney, 23-25 February) – Rapidly developing solutions for improving the legal industry world wide. Held at Monash University (VIC) and UNSW (NSW).
  • Komatsu: Transform Mining  (Brisbane, 23-25 February) – For startups & entrepreneurs with impactful technologies that could transform mining.
  • Makers: Playful Arts (Surry Hills, 23-25 February) – An innovation and incubation program run by No Moss Co. focused on designing, creating and making soulful games.
  • WaterHack (Brisbane, 23-25 February)A hackathon that combines water and technology to tackle topics including Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Blockchain and sustainability.
  • Crypto Finder Hackathon (Sydney, 24 February) – Coders and blockchain enthusiasts are encouraged to come along and find ways to leverage blockchain technologies to help people make even better decisions on Finder.com.au.
  • Cultov8 Hackathon (Sunshine, 24-25 February) – Accelerate your startup.

January 2018

  • NEM Global Hackathon (Global, 1 January) – A crypto-epic – 4-week – competition that aims to tackle real-world problems unleashing all the potential of NEM Smart Asset blockchain.
  • Initiate 48 (Sydney, 19-21 January) – Hackathon for high school students teaching you how to build your own startup in 48 hours.

December 2017

  • The Freelancer API Hackathon (Sydney, 1-2 December) – Leverage the Freelancer.com platform to create new applications.
  • Makers (Sydney, 1-3 December) – Makers promote mental health awareness and support training.
  • Blushbox Symposium  (Byron Bay, 1-3 December) – A three day symposium on love, sex and games.
  • NCOSS Hack4DV (Sydney, 8-10 December) – Vibewire and NSW Council of Social Services turn their attention to hacking family and domestic violence.

November 2017

  • MPID Transport Hackathon (Sydney, 2-3 November) – Challenges will focus on mobility and connectivity in Macquarie Park, with a lens towards flexible working, the night-time economy, sustainable transport, community activities, last mile transport, asset-sharing, talent-sharing, and other areas to help reduce congestion.
  • OpenStack Hackathon (Sydney, 3-5 November) – Australia’s first OpenStack Cloud Application Hackathon: This is a 3 day community driven event where participants are invited to hack up the stack and create the best cloud application using the worlds leading open cloud platform.
  • MoHack (VIC, 11 November) – Vote one of the most innovative NFPs in Australia, the Movember Foundation champions innovation at a grassroots level to help stop men dying too young.
  • Arts/Screen Hackathon (Sydney, 11-12 November) – Arts/Screen Hackathon is a two-day event exploring and generating ideas to increase Australian screen content that is inspired by the arts.
  • Global Startup Hackathon (Brisbane, 17-19 November) – Startup Weekend is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice.
  • Data Driven Hackathon (Melbourne,18-19 November) – We bring together the analysts, data scientists, business analysts, visualisation specialists as well as business users from every function and as in business, we believe that diversity creates more value. Really important part of this is education and talent cultivation so in this event 20% of registrations is allocated students who can in this way receive mentorship from the best and most passionate professionals in the field.
  • Future Cities Hackathon (Sydney, 23-24 November) – As emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, blockchain, the internet of things, autonomous electric vehicles, augmented and virtual reality become mainstream, there is a growing opportunity to channel these developments for transformative social and environmental impact.
  • BAC Hackathon (Brisbane, 24-26 November) – Tackling today’s most pressing movement challenges calls for the combined efforts of Brisbane’s most creative and innovative thinkers.
  • Blockathon (Sydney, 24-27 November) –  Blockathon is a crypto-epic | 72 hours | decentralised competition that aims to tackle real world problems unleashing all the potential of blockchain technology. Built specially for cypherpunks, hardcore developers, crypto investors and all the blockchain pioneers.

October 2017

  • Urban Utilities Water Startup Hackathon (Ipswitch, 20-22 October) – From source to treatment, your water travels through a vast network of pipes and infrastructure.  These systems are becoming smarter and producing more data than ever through automation, predictive technology, and IoT (internet of things) devices. Customers also have access to more information than ever, allowing them to make better decisions on how they use water.
  • Initiate 48 (Sydney, 20-22 October) – Initiate 48 enables you to figure out who you are, what you enjoy and how you want to live your life.
  • SmartCities Hackathon (Melbourne, 20-22 October) – In 2017 The Blockchain Association of Australia is hosting the SmartCitiesHack Melbourne hackathon. SmartCitiesHack Melbourne brings together the brightest minds to develop innovative solutions, utilising IOT, Blockchain and Big Data to introduce smart technology to solve real world problems, in one of Australia’s largest cities.
  • Energy Hack (Brisbane, 20-22 October) – It’s the second year we have brought together a community of hackers, hustlers and hipsters – determined to harness the consumer and technology revolution in energy.
  • HackFest (Brisbane, 24-26 October) – To ‘hack’ is to take something and make it ‘better’. To help make the Sunshine Coast a healthier, smarter and more creative region, council hosts an annual HackFest competition.
  • Tanda Hackathon (Brisbane 27 October) – The winner of the hackathon is whoever builds the coolest thing. This is a bit different to other kinds of events which might focus on entrepreneurship, or on creating solutions to specific problems. At a Tanda hackathon you can build anything you like, as long as it interacts with one of our APIs in some way.
  • Big Data Big Heart (Brisbane, 27-29 October) – Calling all changemakers, automation evangelists, big data architects, developers, humanists, students, and artists – let’s get together to create something greater than the sum of our parts!
  • NAB SME Hackathon (Queensland, 27-29 October) – How can you use APIs from Australia’s largest business bank, NAB, and other 3rd parties to help?

September 2017

  • AgInnovation (La Trobe University, 1-2 September) – Agribusiness need to do more with less water. Water infrastructure is changing, so to is the environment and climate. Using IOT & digital tech, work on some agribusiness problems with Central Victorians.
  • Future Workplace Hack (Melbourne, 4-5 September) –  Redefine the future workplace.
  • FutureDrone (Gatton, 8 September) – An action packed, energy infused weekend of exploration, innovation, discovery and creation resulting in potentially “new innovative companies” based around drone tech or services.
  • UHack Innovate Tasmania (Hobart, 8-10 September) – UHack is a university hackathon held at University of Tasmania run by students and staff for the students and public innovators. The research themes are environment, resource and sustainability, creativity, culture and society, better health, marine, antarctic and maritime, data, knowledge and decisions.
  • Hack4Homelessness (Ultimo, 15-17 September) – Help Vibewire tackle the challenges of homelessness.
  • HealthTech Solvathon (Newcastle, 15 September) – This Solvathon focuses on how to transform palliative and end of Life Care, chronic disease management and better mental health conditions and connectedness.
  • Global Goals Jam (Melbourne, 15-17 September) – A two and a half day hackathon focusing mainly on resources and the city.
  • TadHack Sydney (Sydney, 23-24 September) – Learn, share, code and create using the tools and technologies available in telecommunications.
  • TadHack Brisbane (Brisbane, 23-24 September) – Learn, share, code and create using the tools and technologies available in telecommunications.
  • TadHack Melbourne (Melbourne, 23-24 September) – Learn, share, code and create using the tools and technologies available in telecommunications.
  • Hack for Humanity (Bendigo, 25-26 September) – Addressing issues that exist within the Emergency Services and Disaster Management space, we will be bringing together teams to provide solutions to current challenges faced. Whether you’re an engineer, software developer, graphic designer, entrepreneur, marketer, student, or from any other discipline, this event is for those interested in developing solutions, creating networks and building capacity.
  • SHACK – A family hackathon (Melbourne, 25-26 September) – Bring your family along and turn your ideas into reality.
  • Quantify (Monash University, September 31-1 October) – You’ll be given some carefully selected data sets for the purpose of turning data into useful information.

August 2017

  • Assistive Devices Hackathon (Toowoomba, 4-6 August) – Part of the Queensland Government making marathons.
  • Disrupting Law (Brisbane, 4 August) – 54-hour hackathon / design jam for tertiary students focused on finding new opportunities in the legal industry.
  • Carbon Footprint Hackathon (Footscray, 5 August) – Tackling your carbon footprint one step at a time.
  • UNIHACK Melbourne 2017 (Melbourne, 5-6 August) – 24 hours to build anything – a website, a mobile application, a video game, or even something hardware.
  • Peninsula Hack (Frankston, 11 August) – Part of the Mornington Peninsula’s entrepreneurship and technology festival.
  • Assistive Devices Hackathon (Townsville, 18-20 August) – Part of the Queensland Government making marathons.
  • CUA Hackathon (Brisbane, 18 August) – Got an innovative digital solution that resonates with millennials? CUA wants to hear from you.
  • UNIHACK Sydney 2017 (Sydney, 19-20 August) – Teams have 24 hours to design and build something awesome.
  • Unearthed Sydney (Sydney, 25-27 August) – Develop prototype technology solutions to resource challenges.
  • WestHack (Maribyrnong, 28 August) – Get started with a new startup venture.

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.
  • SheHacks (Melbourne, 14-16 July) – The world’s largest all-women hackathon.
  • CityHack17 (Brisbane, 14-16 July) – Get moving and have a positive impact on the future of Brisbane.
  • Hacking Health (QUT, 26 July) – An opportunity to explore what’s possible in a connected health system.
  • GovHack (Locations various, 28-30 July) – The annual open data competition.

June 2017

  • 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.

May 2017

  • 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.

April 2017

  • #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.
March 2017
  • 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.

February 2017

  • 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.

January 2017

  • 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.

December 2016

  • 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.

November 2016

  • 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.

October 2016

  • 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.

September 2016

  • 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.

August 2016

July 2016

  •  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.

June 2016

  • 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.

May 2016

  • 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.

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