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Monash Business School

Lv 7, 271 Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

How do I get there?

The best way to get to 271 Collins Street is to catch a train to Flinders Street Station, and walk to Flinders Lane via the Degraves Street exit.

Alternatively, you can catch the 11, 12, 48, 70, 75 or 109 tram to Elizabeth Street; then walk the rest of the way to the venue via Flinders Lane.

Where can I park?

If you are driving in, the nearest 24-hour car park is 300 Flinders Street, which is a four minute walk away from 27 Collins Street. Please be aware that this is a paid car park. There is no parking on-site.

Judging Criteria


Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/web/IoT solution? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?

Technical Difficulty

Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there any technical challenges to surmount when building it?

Polish and Design

Is the hack usable in its current state? Does it work as the creators say? Is the user experience smooth? Is it well designed for the target audience? Our judges will want to see and use your prototype - so make sure it works!


Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfil a real need that the community, the broader society or the target audience has? You do not need to prepare a business plan, but you should at least identify who is your target audience.


First Place

$4000 in cash

A VIP Experience to Future Assembly (thanks to Red Bull)

$10,000 worth of free processing from Pin Payments

$1000 voucher to any of Academy XI's courses (VR, AR, UX, Service Design, Growth Marketing) for each member

Free one-year personal annual subscription to a JetBrains IDE/tool1

Free membership to Startup Victoria for each member

A Google Home for each member

1 Up to five subscriptions, includes perpetual license for the current version

Second Place

$2000 in cash

1 free spot to any of Academy XI's courses (VR, AR, UX, Service Design, Growth Marketing)

A JBL Go for each member

Third Place

$1000 in cash

Best Design

Awarded to project with a good looking and very usable interface design.

Adobe Creative Cloud for each member

Most Creative Idea

Awarded to the project with the most original idea or reinvention.

A Raspberry Pi 3 Game Pack for each member

Best Use of Accenture API Sponsored by Accenture

Awarded to the project that best uses the Accenture SmartVision and Neural Network API in their hacks.

A GoPro HERO for each member

Best Industrial IoT Hack Sponsored by Bosch

Awarded to the best IoT hack that can be used to increase output or efficiency in industries (e.g. smart agriculture, smart cities, etc).

A heated Bosch jacket for each member

Best Mobile Experience Sponsored by IttyBittyApps

Awarded to the app that can produce the best user design and experience on mobile devices.

Apple Airpods for each member

Complex Challenge Award Sponsored by Optiver

Awarded to the project that tackles a challenging or complex problem with an elegant solution.

$50 Melbourne Central voucher for each member

#beautiful AwardSponsored by Xero

Awarded to the project that best represents Xero's #beautiful core company values.

Xero Drink Bottle and $80 JB Hi-Fi Gift Card for each member

Best Social Media Prize

Send out the tweet, message, photo or video that sums up #UNIHACK2017.

To be announced on the day

Best Meme

This is obvious. Make the best meme during UNIHACK 2017 and post it on the UNIHACKers Slack.

Totally a secret.

More to be announced soon


Raanan Zion

Raanan Zion

Advanced App Engineering Senior Manager, Accenture

Raanan Zion has worked for Accenture for over ten years, and currently leads Accenture's efforts into Big Data - using Splunk to drive insight into OSS&BSS to improve various performance operational gaps, and reviewing Big Data strategies for various clients. He has experience in the Telecommunications industry, developing digital frameworks and building the digital billing platform for a client.

Dayle Stevens

Dayle Stevens

Divisional CIO, Support Services Technology, NAB

Dayle Stevens is a Divisonal CIO at NAB, leading 1000+ people that plans, build and runs the technology supporting the bank. She is also the founder of NAB's Women in Technology program, creating sustainable change for women in technology, and bringing diversity & inclusion into focus at NAB. With 25 years in IT, she was a winner of the ACS' Digital Disruptor Awards in 2016, and was named in the CI050, recognising Australia's top CIOs, in 2016.

Leesa Charlotte

Leesa Charlotte

Community Strategy Consultant & Events Curator

Leesa Charlotte is the co-founder of the Whisky Social; Vice Chair of the Melbourne Global Shapers Hub; and previously the Manager of the Henley Club, connecting young professionals who have a shared curiosity and drive to create social impact. In 2016, she was the Entrepreneurship Ambassador for Monash University's the Generator, and continues to assist Monash in industry engagement. Leesa has also been involved in advocacy for unpaid work, internships, sexual assault and LGBTQIA+ rights through mentoring and advisory roles. In addition, she is a singer, massive pop culture nerd (with a podcast about Battlestar Galatica) and whisky enthusiast.

Alfred Glickman

Alfred Glickman

Senior Developer, Odecee

Alfred Glickman is a passionate innovator with over 16 years in Melbourne IT industry; working with car manufacturers, major banks, insurance agencies, multiple government departments and start-ups. Active in the hackathon scene, he is passionate about IoT and VR. He is also focused on making a social difference and improving people's lives through innovation.

Marina Paronetto

Marina Paronetto

Founder, PowerhouseHQ; Senior Innovation Manager, PwC

Marina works as the Senior Innovation Manager for PwC, helping large organisations reimagine their products, services and systems using human-centred methodologies. She also founded PowwerhouseHQ, an organisation that aims to nurture and drive positive change. Active in the startup scene, she led the first Startup Weekend Women and Startup Weekend Education in Australia. She also co-founded the Female Founders Committee in Startup Victoria; and is a pioneer at the Young Social Pioneers program from FYA.

Remya Ramesh

Remya Ramesh

Experience Design Lead, Seamless

As a one-time engineer, it's no surprise that Remya's interest in technology straddles user experience design and product development. Featured as one of GovInsider's "Women in GovTech" in 2016, Remya heads up the Experience Design team at Seamless. She's an outspoken advocate for inclusive design and is passionate about creating products and experiences customers love. Remya is an active member of the tech community and co-runs the Girl Geek Dinners and LadiesThatUX groups in Melbourne.

Long Zheng

Long Zheng

Cofounder and Head of Product, Omny Studio

Long Zheng is a passionate entrepreneur focused on creating apps and services with a great user experience. Before Omny Studio, he wrote a popular tech blog at, design and developed the MetroTwit Twitter app for Windows, developed a public transport timetable Google Glass app and co-developed a Windows Phone jailbreak. Long recently published an unofficial mobile app for myki, MyPal.


#UNIHACK2016 is done, and I'm heading home 😴 Amazing people, hacks, and food! Next year is going to be 🔥🔥🔥

— Hugo Müller-Downing, Developer at Localz (@hugojmd)


Unfortunately, there are some groups that are underrepresented in the IT community. These groups include (but are not limited to) women, people of colour, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and those from economically or socially disadvantaged backgrounds who would be unable to attend without some financial assistance.

We value diversity and inclusion at UNIHACK Melbourne, and believe expressing and offering support is the first step to progress. As such, we like to invite competitors from these underrepresented backgrounds to apply for the Diversity Scholarship, so that we can support you with a discounted entry!

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Diamond Sponsor

Emerald Sponsors

Ruby Sponsors

Sapphire Sponsors


University Partner

Mixer Night Venue Host

Diversity Scholarship Partners


Who can compete at UNIHACK?

UNIHACK is open to all university and TAFE students in Australia and New Zealand. The only requirement is that you must be an enrolled student when UNIHACK starts. We reserve the right to cancel your ticket if you do not meet this requirement.

How many people can be in a team?

Teams must have between four and six people. Teams with less than the minimum will be asked to merge before the competition. We reserve the right to relax this requirement on the day on a team-by-team basis.

Can we work on our idea beforehand?

No. You are not allowed to start any development or design work on your project before UNIHACK. This includes code, graphics, sounds and 3D designs. However, you can research any ideas and concepts before the competition begins.

Can we work on existing projects?

No, you will not be allowed to work on existing projects at UNIHACK. We want to see new ideas that you and your team can come up with in 24 hours. However, you can use your own projects in your idea if it is open sourced.

Do I have to stay overnight?

You are not required to stay overnight. However, you will not be allowed to continue working on your project from home. All work must be done at the venue.

I have never been to a hackathon. Is that okay?

Certainly! Hackathons are a great way to learn new skills, and there will be mentors on-site to help you along the way to help you build the best possible idea within 24 hours.

Where can I find people to form a team?

The best way to find a team is to join the UNIHACKers Facebook Group. There will be other opportunities to meet with other competitors in the lead up to UNIHACK.

Do you do travel reimbursements?

No, we do not do travel reimbursements. You will need to pay for your own travel and accomodation.

Can I compete in both Melbourne and Sydney?

Yes, you are free to compete in both.

Can I bring alcohol or smoke?

No. The event is a strictly non-alcoholic and non-smoking event.

What should I bring?

A laptop, mobile phone, chargers, and a change of clothes are essential. We highly suggest also bringing a pillow, sleeping bag and toiletries if you want to stay the night.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes, there is a code of conduct. UNIHACK follows "The Hack Code of Conduct". This applies to all attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff. You can view the code of conduct here.

Where can I find the rules?

You can find the rules for UNIHACK Melbourne on GitHub by clicking here.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email at

About Us

We are Australia's premier student hackathon - run for students, by students.

Inspired by the student hackathons in the United States and Europe, UNIHACK was created in 2014 by WIRED Monash. Since then, UNIHACK has quickly become one of the go-to hackathons for university students nationwide.

Teams have 24 hours to design and build something awesome. It can be anything - a website, a mobile application, a video game, or even something hardware. The important thing is that it needs to work when it is presented to the judges.

Whether you are an avid programmer or a first-time hacker, UNIHACK welcomes everyone, regardless of skill level. You will have the opportunity to build, collaborate and learn from your fellow hackers and mentors at the event. The event will also have a number of quick tech talks throughout to help participants learn new or extend their existing skills.

UNIHACK is organised by WIRED Monash, the IT student society at Monash University Clayton.

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UNIHACK Melbourne is organised by WIRED Monash, the society for IT students and those who are curious about all things digital at Monash University Clayton. We aim to provide a relaxed atmosphere where students can meet others who share their love, opinions, and collaborate on projects and competitions.

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