Big List of Hackathons in Australia
The big list of hackathons in Australia, updated weekly.
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Last updated: 11 June 2019.
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.
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- Blocumenta Blockathon (Woolloomooloo, 14-16 June) – An extravaganza of crypto-creativity and collaboration that will bring together some of Australia’s leading artists, theorists, software developers, designers and entrepreneurs for 48 hours of intensive creation.
- ANZICS 2019 Critical Care Datathon (Brisbane, 22-23 June) – Participants will form teams of clinicians and data scientists and work on a clinical question using large critical care datasets.
- Random Hacks of Kindness (Sydney, 22-23 June) – A 48 hour event where hackers, technologists, designers, and creative thinkers co-develop solutions to help solve challenges facing society.
- PMA A-NZ Fresh Hackathon (South Wharf, 24 June) – This event will enable participants to think creatively – and in a very robust and intense way – about 1 of 4 topics of huge relevance to the produce marketing industry
- 2019 Queensland Water Modelling Hack Challenge (Springfield Central, 5-6 July) – The event is for students, water modellers, utility service providers and community members to come together to develop ideas about how to improve the affordability, equitability, accessibility, resilience and prosperity of those that utilise water for sustenance, livelihoods, recreation and ecosystem services.
- Civita HACKT: Access to Education (Sydney, 6 July) – A 3 hour workshop where participants will work with data to solve challenges around making education more equitable and accessible.
- Initiate 48 (Sydney, 12-14 July) – A hackathon to connect high school students with entrepreneurs, mentors, and other like-minded students to transform their dreams into a reality by helping them to build a startup in 48 hours.
- #SheHacks2019 (Sydney, 12-13 July) – Girl Geek Sydney’s 6th all female hackathon.
- Sustainable Urban Agriculture & Food Planning Hackathon (Kensington, 12-14 July) – Participate in this 2.5 day hackathon to help create solutions that are central to improving food availability and security worldwide, particularly in resource-poor environments such as dense cities.
- Brain Hack 2019 (Brisbane, 17 July) – #BrainHack19 will seek to utilise audience participation to arrive at solutions/suggestions to the most pressing mental health concerns facing individuals and organisational teams.
- Anaplan Supply Chain Innovation Hackathon (Sydney, 23 July) – This day long hackathon will leverage the wisdom and skill base of the Australasian startup ecosystem, supply chain transformation and technology leaders towards creating prototype innovations in supply chain planning, modelling and management.
- EnergyLab Canberra: Clean Energy Hackathon (Griffith, 26-27 July) – Participants will explore a variety of opportunities and brainstorm new ideas to celebrate the uptake of clean energy.
- RMIT ITS Hack-a-Thon (Docklands, 27-28 July) – Hackathon focused on ‘Connected Communities’, empowering students to deliver accessible solutions that provide equal learning opportunities to anyone anywhere. RMIT students only.
- INDIGI HACK (Redfern, 8-9 August) – A 2-day hackathon targeted at Indigenous youth aged 8-18. Participants will compete to develop new app-based technology that aims to revitalise and retain Indigenous languages.
- EnergyLab Tasmania: Clean Energy Hackathon (Hobart, 9-10 August) – Participants will explore a variety of opportunities and brainstorm new ideas to celebrate the uptake of clean energy.
- SYNCS Hack 2019 (Sydney, 10-11 August) – SYNCS Hack challenges teams of six students to design, build and pitch an idea in 24 hours. Participants must be enrolled in university or TAFE.
- FutureWorkplaceHack (Carlton, 19-20 August) – CoreNet Global Australia Chapter and BGIS is inviting the next generation of transformational talent to participate in building the Future Workplace.
- Bit by Bit Hackathon (Clayton, 23-25 August) – Teams have the weekend to create a prototype of a website/app/game/whatever and get feedback from mentors before pitching them to a panel of judges. Only open to Monash University students.
- Constructathon 2019 (Sydney, 23-24 August) – a two-day hackathon that has been specifically created to innovate the construction industry.
- GovHack (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC & WA, 6-8 September) – An open data hackathon focused on unlocking the value in open data published by government.
- UHack 2019 (Hobart, Launceston & Burnie, 6-8 September) – Identify problems and opportunities, develop a business model, and put together a pitch video to summarise your project.
- HealthHack (Brisbane, 20-22 September) – A free event that brings researchers, students and healthcare professionals together with other scientists, software developers, educators, engineers and designers to create innovative solutions to interesting problems.
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- Telstra Innovation Challenge 2019 (Melbourne, 1 June) – Participants will form teams and use technology to find innovative solutions to issues in the transport and logistics sector.
- eHealth Innovation Jam (Brisbane, 4-6 June) – Bringing together a variety of bright and diverse thinkers to shine a light on key problems and opportunities in healthcare.
- Climate Hack (Brisbane, 5 June) – Taking place during Climate Week, participants will spend a day working on one of ten key themes, building solutions, be they technical, policy recommendations or new ventures to help solve the climate change problem.
- KNIME Learnathon (Melbourne, 7 June) – An event that mixes the learning of a workshop and the rapid solution development of a hackathon with a focus on the data science cycle.
- EnergyLab Perth Smart Buildings Hackathon (Perth, 3-4 May) – Explore how making buildings more connected, more automated and more responsive could benefit the occupants, the building owner and the electricity grid.
- MEDHACK: Enabled (Melbourne, 3-5 May) – A student run Healthcare Innovation hackathon. This year’s theme is assistive technology.
- Facebook Melbourne Hackathon (Melbourne, 4-5 May) – An event where university students stay up all night to create a working product or prototype from scratch.
- Ignite Hackathon (Bundoora, 4 May) – A six-hour hackathon focusing on idea validation, business model development, and practical learning.
- oneM2M Hackathon (Keiraville, 8-9 May) – A hackathon that aims to imagine new applications that a smart city could offer its citizens, its elected officials or its technical and administrative services in a multi-domain vision based on the oneM2M standard.
- New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience (Newcastle, 10-11 May) – A hackathon to explore the solutions around identification of disasters and mitigating risk to build a sustainable world.
- Honey Hackathon 2019 (Yanchep, 11 May) – The challenge: How to make international buyers recognise the value of WA’s honey and create new business opportunities.
- BikeHack19 (Bowen Hills,17-19 May) – BikeHack19 will be a fast-paced, high energy weekend looking for new and different solutions to grow bike riding in Queensland.
- Sustainability Startup Weekend (Ultimo, 17-19 May) – A chance to come together with entrepreneurially-minded creatives, developers, and designers from all corners of Sydney to participate, and create ideas and opportunities to drive real-world social change, and contribute to supporting a sustainable future.
- EnergyLab Brisbane Smart Buildings Hackathon (Fortitude Valley, 17-18 May) – Explore how making buildings more connected, more automated and more responsive could benefit the occupants, the building owner and the electricity grid.
- Random Hacks of Kindness (Melbourne, 18-19 May) – A 48 hour event where hackers, technologists, designers, and creative thinkers co-develop solutions to help solve challenges facing society.
- La Trobe Innovation Challenge (Bundoora, 18-19 May) – Join a team of students from different disciplines, working on ideas and solutions to make life better at the campus.
- Hack Fed Square (Melbourne, 25 May) – How can we ensure Fed Square remains one of Melbourne’s key cultural landmarks and iconic meeting places – a space where creativity, curiosity and inspiration collide?
- Can You Hack It? (Online, 29 March – 7 April) – A hackathon looking to find a way to bring together music technology and the fans, all in one game-changing application.
- #Hack4Homelessness (Sydney, 5-7 April) – A hackathon to help solve the social, technical, cultural and behavioural challenges of homelessness.
- Startup Weekend Perth (Perth, 5-7 April) – A 54-hour event where participants build a business in a weekend, Silicon Valley style. It’s about pitching, business model creation, coding, designing and market validation in a friendly and supportive team environment.
- EDCON 2019 (Sydney, 8-10 April) – The purpose of the conference is to improve communication among various Ethereum communities and to promote Ethereum ecosystem development on a global scale.
- Give Backathon | Game Jam (Melbourne, 13 April) – The first “Game Jam” that aims to help close the disparity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by building games that will create a better Australia for everyone.
- Open Innovation Competition 2019 (Melbourne, 18 April) – The City of Melbourne is calling on innovators, entrepreneurs, students and community members to take part and find ways to improve safety for the city’s 920,000 daily visitors and residents.
- Sustainability Hackathon (Crawley, 26-27 April) – A hackathon based on a fusion of business policy and engineering challenges designed to address the future of sustainability.
- Cyber Hackera (Ultimo, 2 March) – The first and largest female-only secure coder hackathon in Australia. A line-up of speakers featuring inspiring women in cybersecurity, followed by a secure coding workshop and a contest to find solutions to some of the most mind-boggling problems in software development today.
- Solutions Hackathon (Jindabyne, 5 March) – Hosted by the Snowy Mountains Innovation Network, this event is for those looking to create something new that could create change in the Snowy Mountains region.
- ZeroCo2 Hackathon (Canberra, 5-6 March) – The goal of this 2 day hackathon is to utilise existing technologies in an innovative way to create a huge environmental impact contributing to the ACT’s goal of zero emissions by 2045.
- Brisbane Hardware Startup Weekend (Fortitude Valley, 8-10 March) – A 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.
- #BroncosHack (Ipswich, 8-10 March) – A collaborative competition bringing together individuals with a range of relevant talents to discuss, brainstorm, and create innovative solutions to increase fan engagement.
- Arduino Hackathon (Saint Lucia, 9-10 March) – A 2-day hackathon that will consist of programming Arduino to interact with a variety of sensors and actuators, in an effort to create an Arduino workshop for school students focused on the theme of transport.
- Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (Crawley, 9 March) – A day-long program of floor talks, panel discussions, and a Wikipedia hackathon in celebration of International Women’s Day.
- NuCyper Hackathon on CoinList Build (Online, 11 March) – Participants will make dApps and tools that preserve user privacy, collaborate with other builders, and learn from some of the smartest minds in crypto.
- Learning Experience of the Future Hackathon (Kensington, 15-17 March) – A 2.5 day hackathon to answer the question; how might we design a technological solution to enhance learning and improve the user experience?
- Visagio Hackathon 2019 (Perth, 15-16 March) – The for the event is to develop technical solutions for ideas regarding urban improvement.
- UNIHack Melbourne 2019 (Melbourne, 16-17 March) – UNIHACK brings the most talented programmers, designers, thinkers and creators in one location to build something awesome.
- ADC Global Blockchain Summit (Adelaide – 17 March) – Participants will explore how Blockchain can be used to provide solutions for a challenge supplied in conjunction with the South Australian Government.
- Ignite Greater Dandenong Hackathon (Dandenong, 28 March) – A 90 minute hackathon where participants will learn how to boost options for their business idea, as well as putting their minds to tackling a ‘bigger issue’ challenge.
- Can You Hack It? (Online, 29 March – 7 April) – A hackathon looking to find a way to bring together music technology and the fans, all in one game-changing application.
- Global Service Jam Brisbane 2019 (Brisbane, 29-31 March) – Over three days, participants will research, prototype and pitch an idea based on a top secret theme that will be unveiled on the first night of the jam.
- Global Service Jam Melbourne 2019 (Melbourne, 29-31 March) – Super-charge your creative confidence with a team to make a new service in 48-hours. Be part of the global movement.
- 10x Health Hackathon (Kensington, 29-31 March) – Tackle the world’s biggest killers: non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by identifying new solutions using low-cost technologies to address healthcare gaps and improve the management of NCDs in under served but emerging markets.
- Australia SportsTech Cup Hackathon 2019 (Melbourne, 30-31 March) – A 2-day hackathon to celebrate innovation in Sports Analytics, and Sports Data.
- Cyber Hackera (Ultimo, 30 March) – A line-up of speakers featuring inspiring women in cybersecurity, followed by a secure coding workshop and a contest to find solutions to some of the most mind-boggling problems in software development today.
- HM Hack (Harden, 30 March) – Helping the HM community find new ways to use existing infrastructure.
- Study Melbourne Design for Diversity Hackathon (Melbourne, 30 March) – A one-day hackathon to learn design thinking skills and develop concrete proposals to make the most of diversity in a personal, professional and learning environment.
- Ox + CoinList Hackathon (Online, 10 January-7 February) – An online hackathon that challenges developers, designers, and idea generators to build useful and usable products on top of 0x.
- CN 2030 Challenge (Sydney, 2 February) – Put your creative problem-solving mind to the test to help the Australian red meat industry become carbon neutral by 2030.
- Startup Weekend Brisbane (Fortitude Valley, 15-17 February) – A chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice.
- Care Hack (Bedford Park, 16-17 February) – An opportunity for participants to come together and reimagine aged care and its current challenges to lead to an outcome that improves the life and care of older Australians.
- Global Legal Hackathon 2019 (Melbourne & Adelaide, 22-24 February) – From teams, pitch ideas, and create technology-based legal solutions.
- Startup Weekend Perth (Perth, 22-24 February) – A 54-hour whirlwind event where participants get to be part of building a business in a weekend, Silicon Valley style.
- Hackathon to Develop Your Entrepreneurial Skills (Pyrmont, 26 February) – A fast tracked hackathon experience to develop entrepreneurial skills, exercise creativity, and discover how to build a business.
- Hackt For Impact (Sydney, 23 March) – A hackathon focused on tacking the gender gap in STEM industries.
- Ox + CoinList Hackathon (Online, 10 January-7 February) – An online hackathon that challenges developers, designers, and idea generators to build useful and usable products on top of 0x.
- Medical Device Hackathon (Sydney, 12-13 January) – Bringing new ideas to the challenges of health, improving the quality of life and saving lives!
- Global Game Jam 2019 (Various locations in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, 24-26 January) – A hackathon focused on game development.
- Freelancer API Hackathon (Randwick, 30 November – 1 December) – An opportunity to create applications that leverage the Freelancer platform, and the army of Freelancers that use the site!
- #TestFestVic (Melbourne, 30 November – 2 December) – A hackathon where participants have 2 days to create a digital-related invention to increase HIV testing in Victoria.
- Superhack (Melbourne, 1-2 December) – An engineering hackathon for young women in high school, run by the Melbourne University Electrical Engineering Club. Girls are invited to compete in teams representing their school, where they will learn the technical skills required to solve a design challenge based on a real industry problem.
- Hearing Hub Ideas: Hackathon (Sydney, 12-14 December) – The goal of this hackathon is to develop collaborations within the Australian Hearing Hub and across the University (USYD), generating grant applications and projects leading to innovative technologies in hearing research.
- Makers: Aid (Surry Hills, 14-16 December) – This is a chance to network with other people who are passionate about solving real-world problems. Over the weekend, you’ll get the opportunity to learn, ideate and create your solutions, with the guidance of mentors and industry experts.
- Hitachi Social Innovation Hackathon (Sydney, 10-11 November) – Through collaborative creation with customers and partners, Hitachi aims to address shared challenges, exchange ideas and create new value for society by introducing new technologies in sectors such as transportation, mining, agriculture, public safety, and healthcare.
- EnergyLab Bioenergy Australia Hackathon (Fortitude Valley, 15-16 November) – A two-day event to bring people interested in bioenergy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts.
- BOLT #2 Asset Management Hackathon (Manly, 16 November) – A fun and safe environment to explore ideas and work together to create solutions to asset management challenges.
- 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. Participants can also join remotely from anywhere in Australia.
- The Future of Transport In Melbourne (Carlton, 16-17 November) – A hackathon designed to bring people interested in clean energy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts.
- Brisbane’s First Mobile App Hackathon (Brisbane, 17 November) – Teams will be making ONE prototype app (either Android or iOS) for a Brisbane startup based on their real needs.
- BOLT #3 Asset Management Hackathon (Melbourne, 21 November) – A fun and safe environment to explore ideas and work together to create solutions to asset management challenges.
- Sydney Blockathon (Kensington, 23-25 November) – Blockathon is a crypto-epic 72 hour competition which aims to tackle real world problems by unleashing the potential of Blockchain Technologies. Built especially for cypherpunks, hardcore developers, crypto enthusiasts, and all Blockchain pioneers who want to build and create new solutions for the decentralised future.
- Vibewire #Hack4Health (Sydney, 23-25 November) – a fantastic opportunity to create discussion around current issues within the health industry and work with industry experts to solve some of these issues. This event has the potential to make a huge impact on the future of Australia’s health industry.
- Australia SportsTech Cup Hackathon (Melbourne, 24-25 November) – A 2-day hackathon to celebrate innovation in Sports Analytics, and Sports Data.
- Datathon for Social Good (Woolloomooloo, 24 November) – This data hackathon will bring Sydney’s passionate Data Heroes together with local charities and social impact startups, to solve real problems with data-driven solutions because the “teamwork makes the dream work”.
- RHoK Melbourne Summer Hackathon (Melbourne, 24-25 November) – A weekend-long hackathon utilising the skills of talented technologists, hackers and creative thinkers. RHoK provides an opportunity for community groups and social enterprises to co-develop solutions that may not otherwise be realised.
- Techfugees Sydney Hackathon (Blacktown, 24-25 November) – Join a global community making a huge difference in refugees’ lives and have a ton of fun doing it in one of Sydney’s fastest growing local government areas.
- ASEN University of Melbourne Hackathon (Parkville, 29-30 November) – Two teams from Melbourne High, Mac Roberson Girls School, The Noosal High School and Suzanne Corey will be given a problem on the first morning and then they will then be given small goals to complete that slowly builds towards a business plan and pitch.
- Laneway International College End of Year Celebration (Sydney, 29 November) – To commemorate the end of the year and their first Hackathon, Laneway International College would like to invite you to join them to help select the best business idea and celebrate the end of 2018!
- MMG Mining Hackathon (Melbourne, 29 November- 1 December) – A hackathon looking to find creative and innovative new solutions to problems facing the mining industry.
- Freelancer API Hackathon (Randwick, 30 November – 1 December) – An opportunity to create applications that leverage the Freelancer platform, and the army of Freelancers that use the site!
- #TestFestVic (Melbourne, 30 November – 2 December) – A hackathon where participants have 2 days to create a digital-related invention to increase HIV testing in Victoria.
- Domino’s Hackathon for IT Graduates (Hamilton, 6 December) – Due to their rapid growth, Domino’s Pizza is looking for you! Showcase your skills in a hackathon where you can play with the latest tech, meet and get mentored by leaders in the field, score cool prizes and potentially a role to kick-start your career.
- RAC Road Safety Education Hackathon (Perth, 1 October) – A hackthon for primary school teachers who want to help create the future of Road Safety Education in WA.
- HBF Hackathon (Bentley, 2 October) – HBF is organising their 10th annual Run for a Reason in 2019 and this hackathon is a work shopping session yo find ideas for what HBF can do differently for this special Run for a Reason event.
- Agtech X Fintech Hackathon (Docklands, 5-7 October) – Bringing together a collective of skilled minds to help solve problems and deliver innovative, empowering financial solutions for agriculture’s pressing problems.
- Western Power Hackathon (Perth, 5-6 October) – A hackathon for people who want to disrupt the energy industry.
- RMIT + CSIRO + Accenture Hackathon (Melbourne, 11 October) – Teams will examine issues and opportunities for blockchain in the design of automated systems with a focus on the ethics of new, trust-based cultures.
- The Future of Energy in Tassie Hackathon (Hobart, 12-13 October) – A hackathon designed to bring together people interested in clean energy innovation to brainstorm, develop, and demonstrate new business concepts.
- Unearthed Sydney 2018 (Sydney, 12-14 October) – A 54-hour open innovation experience where brilliant humans come together to change an industry and create opportunities.
- Hacking for Humanity 2018 (Richmond, 13-14 October) – Presented by Girls in Tech Australia, this hack aims to use technology to solve issues for charities focused on homelessness.
- TADHack (Brisbane & 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.
- EnergyLab Bioenergy Australia Hackathon (Fortitude Valley, 15-16 October) – EnergyLab and Bioenergy Australia have teamed up to run this two-day event to bring people interested in bioenergy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts.
- vFORUM 2018 (Sydney, 17-18 October) – VMware has partnered with AWS to run a hackathon for The Black Dog Institute, a Sydney-based not-for-profit organization for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders. The goal of the hackathon is to leverage technology in creative, innovative ways to connect those in need with the tools and resources that could help at critical times in their lives.
- Energy Hack 2018 (Parkville, 19-21 October) – Energy Hack 2018 will challenge teams to create new projects to make Australia’s energy system more affordable, reliable and reduce emissions.
- Historic Heart IdeaGen Hackathon (Perth, 19-25 October) – An event where students will be working together in groups of 4 to develop innovative ideas intended to epitomise the Historic Heart Precinct.
- ResourCE Hack (Sydney, 19-21 October) – Join colleagues at Arizona State University and UNSW Sydney to tackle one of the world’s global challenges and compete during this 36-hour circular economy hack to take a solution from idea to reality.
- RMIT Financial Planning Hackathon (Carlton, 19-20 October) – This hackathon will tackle legislative and compliance challenges to find solutions that improve customer experience, are compliant and don’t impact profitability.
- Code Next Hackathon (Ultimo, 20-21 October) – Ideate and develop an app prototype in response to challenges pitched by The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Australian Red Cross.
- NASA International Space Apps Challenge (Ultimo, 20-21 October) – An international hackathon that embraces collaborative problem solving with the goal of producing open-source solutions to challenges we currently face on Earth and in space.
- 2018 Social Impact Hackathon (Sydney, 20-21 October) – This event will bring together talented and innovative students, industry mentors and representatives from Out for Australia to co-design a strategy to empower inclusion and sense of community among LGBTIQ+ professionals and students.
- Urban IoT Hackathon (Newcastle, 25-27 October) – Participants will be tasked with creating an integrated IoT solution to their chosen challenge, which will consider not only the technology, systems and engineering aspects of their solution but also the potential risk and security issues, and the business benefits.
- BOLT #1 Asset Management Hackathon (East Brisbane, 26 October) – A fun and safe environment to explore ideas and work together to create solutions to asset management challenges.
- Climathon: Solving the waste crisis with startups (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Alice Springs & Mandurah, 26-27 October) – Participants gather for 24 hours to engage in a climate-related problem-solving workshop.
- Spark South West: Startup Weekend – Hack 4 Liveability (Liverpool, 26-28 October) – Hear local stakeholders pitch their wicked challenges and help make Liverpool a better place to live and then participate in an event run over an intensive period of time where people come together to solve a problem, develop a solution and end with a product or prototype.
- digi.spark Hackathon (Ultimo, 27-28 October) – Calling app developers to come together with one mission; to improve the lives of people living in regional communities by empowering them to securely share their personal data with regional operators and beyond.
- 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.
- OpenHack Machine Learning (Sydney, 4-6 September) – Bringing together developers in a three-day event to sharpen their Machine Learning skills through a series of structured challenges to solve problems in the Computer Vision space
- 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.
- Android Pepper Robot Hackathon (Fortitude Valley, 7-9 September) – SoftBank Robotics’ ‘Pepper’ is the world’s first humanoid robot that can recognise emotion, and this is the first ever Pepper hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere.
- GovHack 2018 (Various locations across Australia, 7-9 September) – GovHack is an annual ‘hackathon’ competition where participants create things using open data.
- Law Society of NSW x The Legal Forecast Hackathon (Sydney, 7-9 September) – Meet forward thinking lawyers, technologists and innovators to learn new skills, create a project and pitch a legal-tech idea to innovate legal practice.
- LeadHack (Victoria, 7-8 September) – Students are given a theme or topical issue and are then required to build a working prototype of their vision.
- Sydney Women Startup Weekend (Ultimo, 7-9 September) – Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with? Then this 54-hour frenzy where you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup is for you.
- Techstars Startup Weekend (Brisbane, 7-9 September) – Techstars Startup Weekend Women APAC is a series of techstars startup weekends held across cities in Asia Pacific – during the month of September – focused on engaging and celebrating women + diversity + inclusion in local communities.
- 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.
- Techstars Startup Weekend (Toowoomba, 14-16 September) – Techstars Startup Weekend Women APAC is a series of techstars startup weekends held across cities in Asia Pacific – during the month of September – focused on engaging and celebrating women + diversity + inclusion in local communities.
- 2hats Launch Hackathon (Surry Hills, 14-15 September) – With only 24 hours to create something amazing, participants will be allocated into groups and get given the opportunity to create a new product, service, project or idea that fits into the theme of ‘The Future of Work’.
- CSESoc UNSW Hackathon 2018: Student Struggles (Sydney, 22 September) – You will have one day as a group to come up with a solution to a problem through coding, all surrounding the theme of student struggles.
- Ideas to Unf**k the World: Social Justice Hackathon (Adelaide, 22-23 September) – Created for people who ‘dare to care’, 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.
- Big Data Society Blockchain Hackathon (Sydney, 26-28 September) – The challenges in this hackathon will focus on novel applications of blockchain technology to revolutionize the technological underlay for Government, Finance, Health, Education and more.
- Queensland VR Hackathon 2018 (Fortitude Valley, 28-30 September) – A hackathon centered on VR and VR oriented solutions to problems.
- 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.
- FinHack (Sydney, 10-12 August) – Gives uni students an opportunity to hack the future of fintech.
- RMIT ITS 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.
- Social Impact Hackathon (Carlton, 15 August) – Work in multi-disciplinary teams with the support of leading industry experts and mentors to create a concept that will help redefine Victoria and make it greener.
- Code Network Winter Hackathon (Brisbane, 17-19 August) – Use your coding ability to build absolutely anything, as long as it’s awesome.
- Engineers Without Borders Makerthon (Brisbane, 17-19 August) – Work in a multi-disciplinary team over 3 days to develop a practical solution to create an inclusive society for people with disabilities.
- 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.
- UQCS Hackathon 2018 (Saint Lucia, 31 August-2 September) – Form your team, build something cool, and then present what you have made
- 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.
- 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, 26-27 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.
- 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.
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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, 24-25 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.
- 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.
- Blushbox Symposium (Byron Bay, 19-21 January) – A three day symposium on love, sex and games.
- Initiate 48 (Sydney, 19-21 January) – Hackathon for high school students teaching you how to build your own startup in 48 hours.
- 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
- NCOSS Hack4DV (Sydney, 8-10 December) – Vibewire and NSW Council of Social Services turn their attention to hacking family and domestic violence.
- 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.
- 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.
- HackFest (Brisbane, 24-26 November) – 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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, Brisbane & 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 6-7 May) – Hackathon that is not limited to one theme or challenge and is open to any ideas.
- Telstra Innovation Challenge (Melbourne, 6-13 May) – Solve some of the largest problems that Australian agriculture faces.
- #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.
- 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 (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.
- #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, 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.
- 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.
- Unearthed (Melbourne, 18-25 March) – The hackathon for the resources sector.
- 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.
- 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.
- Xamarin Hack Day (Sydney, 14 January) – One day hackathon for Xamarin Developers or for people who want to learn Xamarin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth & 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, Melbourne & Sydney 15-16 October) – Part of the global event program.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- JusticeHack (Sydney, 18-20 July) – UNSW Law hackathon.
- 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.
- HunterHackFest (NTL, 10-11 June) – Open hackathon for digital innovators to prototype next-generation ideas and business concepts for Newcastle and the Hunter Region.
- Unearthed Adelaide – Hackathon for the resources sector.
- AngelHack (Sydney, 18 June) – AngelHack’s 9th global hackathon series.
- 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.
- 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.