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.
Now, for the first time, UNIHACK is expanding to Sydney - with the help of SUITS, the IT student society at the University of Sydney.
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 Sydney will be organised by SUITS, the University of Sydney's IT student society. We run social events, hold seminars, teach advanced programming skills, help connect companies with students, and assist communication between staff and students in IT. It is supported by the University of Sydney Union (USU).
Stone and Chalk
50 Bridge Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
The best way to get to Stone and Chalk is taking a train/ferry to Circular Quay, then walking down to the corner of Young Street and Bridge Street. For those who wish to take a bus, the nearest bus stop is Circular Quay, Phillip St, Stand C.
We suggest you visit Transport NSW's website at transportnsw.info to plan your travel for the weekend.
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?
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?
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.
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 Sydney, 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!
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.
Teams must have between four and six people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, we do not do travel reimbursements. You will need to pay for your own travel and accomodation.
Yes, you are free to compete in both.
No. The event is a strictly non-alcoholic and non-smoking event.
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.
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.
You can find the rules for UNIHACK Sydney on GitHub by clicking here.
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email at