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What's on now and what’s coming up later.

Please note winners will be announced here live Sunday 14 March.


What you can win and how to win them.

Main Prizes

1st Place

$4000 cash

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (Gen 4) for each team member

Anker Powercore+ USB-C Charger for each team member

2nd Place

$2000 cash

$50 Redballon Voucher for each team member

Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) for each team member

3rd Place

$1000 cash

Kaiser Baas Drones for each team member

Judging Criteria

✨ Polish, Design, and Execution

What does the project look like? Is it intuitive, aesthetically pleasing, and accessible? And most importantly, does it actually work?

💪 Technical Difficulty

Does the hack look technically interesting or challenging? Is it simply putting a pretty frontend on an existing API or does it do something more?

💡 Originality and Creativity

How unique is the hack? Does it solve a new problem, or have a new take on an existing problem?

😲 Wow Factor

Does it spark joy? Would this be something you use and show to your friends? Yes, this is totally subjective. But that’s what makes it fun.

Category Prizes

Best Design

Awarded to the most usable and best looking user interface

Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions for each member

Most Creative Idea

The project that has the most original idea or reinvention

Wacom Tablets for each member

Best Social Impact

The best idea that addresses one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or another pressing issue in our society today

Wacoco Minipresso NS (and sustainable Nespresso pods) for each team member

Sponsor Prizes

The Greatest Makers

The project that offers the most innovative solution through experimentation, iterative learning and discovery

Arcitecta swag pack worth over $300 for each member. Includes a sleek mechanical keyboard, a drop-proof laptop bag, and an sustainably-sourced and locally-printed Arcitecta hoodie.

The Data Analytics Prize

Calling all data lovers! We are looking for compelling insights derived from data. Incorporate data analytics and visualisation incorporated as part of your final solution and as part of the pitch.

For the team:

Garmin Forerunner 45s Sports Watch

Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Fitbit Versa 2 Smart Fitness Watch

The Creative Pitch Prize

We are looking for the most compelling and quality pitch! Tell us your story, sell your idea to us and don't be afraid to get creative and incorporate other digital tools and technology!

For the team:

Sennheiser HD 458BT Over-Ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Ryze Tello Drone Boost Combo

Logitech G PRO X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Community Prize

For the hack that helps the community the most

$100 gift cards for each team member

3 copies of 'How to Supercharge your first 6 months as a Software Developer' eBook for the team

Best User-Centric Hack

Transparent, Simple and Empowering

$150 Bellroy voucher for each team member

Best IoT Hack

The most innovative idea that best utilises the benefits of the Internet of Things

An Arduino IoT Starter Kit

Customer Obsessed

Inspiring customers through best value food and drink solutions to make lives easier

Coles Gift Cards to the value of $1800 for the team

Best use of Twilio

For the hack that best makes use of the Twilio API

AirPods for each team member

Best use of EchoAR

The best app that used EchoAR for their augmented or virtual reality (AR/VR) application

$50 Amazon Gift Card for the team

3-month free Business Tier access for each team member

Be Curious

For the team that demonstrates curiosity through constant learning. It could be through showing how many ideas (and dead ends!) you’ve chased, insights you’ve gathered or cool tech you’ve hacked together. Show us how curious you’ve been.

Pre-paid shopping vouchers


Here to be impressed, so make an impression.

Main Prize

John Allsopp


Web Directions

Jeanette Cheah

CEO & Founder

Hacker Exchange

Rob Crocitti

Head of Engineering, Digital & Service Design

Australia Post

Max Lee

Software Engineer


Akanksha Malik

Data Scientist

Telstra Purple

Bec Martin



Long Zheng

Head of Product - Podcasting

Triton Digital

Most Creative Idea

Luannie Dang


Shooting Unicorns / Pory.io

Samantha Wong


Shooting Unicorns / Pory.io

Best Design

Jake Moxey

Senior Frontend Engineer


Best Social Impact Hack

Sophia Huynh

Program Director

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network


Without whom this event would not be possible...


Australia Post


Telstra Developer


Monash FIT

Bronze & Product


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can compete at UNIHACK?

UNIHACK is open to all university and TAFE students in Australia and New Zealand who are 18 years and older. The only requirement is that you must be an enrolled student on the date that 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 the event. 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 48 hours. However, you can use your own projects in your idea if it is open sourced.

Does our idea have to follow a particular theme?

No, UNIHACK is not a themed hackathon so you are free to work on any idea that you like.

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 48 hours.

Do you do travel reimbursements?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel reimbursements. You will need to pay for your own travel and accommodation.

Can I bring alcohol or smoke?

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

Where can I find the rules for the event?

You can find the rules on GitHub here. If you have any queries or questions, feel free to raise an issue and one of the organisers will be able to assit.