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 with WIRED Monash, the IT student society at Monash University Clayton.
Telstra Gurrowa Innovation Lab
Level 2, 242 Exhibition St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
The best way to get to Gurrowa Lab is to catch a train to Parliament station, and take the Lonsdale Street Exit. Alternatively, take a train to Melbourne Central and walk down Lonsdale Street.
The venue is also located adjacent to the Elizabeth Street bus interchange, accessible to bus routes 302 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 905, 906, 907 and 908.
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.
$4000 in cash
$2000 in cash
$1000 in cash
Awarded to the project that presents the best idea featuring hardware or the internet of things.
To be announced
Awarded to project with a good-looking and very usable interface design.
To be announced
Awarded to the project with the most original idea or reinvention.
To be announced
Send out the tweet, message, photo or video that sums up #UNIHACK2018.
To be announced on the day
This is obvious. Make the best meme during UNIHACK 2018.
Totally a secret.
More to be announced soon
This afternoon can't come quick enough! Can’t wait to see what 100 students can imagine & build in a weekend. #unihack2017
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel reimbursements. You will need to pay for your own travel and accommodation.
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 Melbourne on GitHub by clicking here.
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email at
UNIHACK Melbourne was born out of 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.