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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 and TAFE 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.

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Main Prize Judges

Bruce Hardy

Bruce Hardy

Innovation Practice Lead, Telstra

Bruce is the Innovation Practice Lead at Telstra Labs - Telstra’s world class innovation and technology laboratory. He leads and develops teams using human centred design, lean start up and agile principles to transform ideas into break through solutions for consumers and enterprise. He’s also an intellectual property lawyer with almost a decade of experience in working with technology, innovation and brand leaders to unlock the value of their innovations. Outside of the commercial world, Bruce is a founding member and former CEO of BottledSnail Productions - a creative production company for Melbourne’s legal industry. In its first 5 years BottledSnail has delivered $750,000 of creative projects and involved over 350 legal professionals in its creative programs and in 2017 was recognised with the Law Institute of Victoria's Presidential award for its impact on the legal community.

Kelly Benson

Kelly Benson

Senior Consultant, Thoughtworks

Kelly has over seventeen years development experience. She completed a degree in Computer Science/Software Development at Deakin and has worked in Perth, London, Melbourne and Sydney. In May she visited Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea as a participant and second place getter in the 2018 APEC App Challenge, a hackathon run by APEC and the Asia Foundation. She has experience in all aspects of the development life cycle, a love of Agile and enjoys teaching and sharing good development practices with others.

Ren Butler

Ren Butler

General Manager, Inspire9

Before joining the Inspire9 team, she worked with and in startups, innovation and ecosystem capacity building in Australia for the past four years as a freelancer as well as with an accelerator program. Her experience spans teaching, applied technologies and business systems. Having moved from California to Melbourne five years ago, Ren's explored the connections between community, science and business for over a decade across the globe. This landed her in the curious and amazing world of tech startups and innovation, fostering connection between knowledge, resources, and people. She's helped hundreds of founders get funding, built international partnerships, and craft their early-stage business ideas into viable market-ready businesses.

Michelle Mannering

Michelle Mannering

Founder, MishManners and Hackathon Extraordinaire

Michelle is a Content Producer in the realms of innovation and technology. Known as the "Hackathon Queen", she works with awesome companies to create and deliver hackathons and workshops. You'll often find her on stage MC'ing or speaking on a range of topics from artificial intelligence, to business, community engagement, the future of work, and esports.

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 istartedsomething.com, 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.


Category Judges

Tung Van Truong (for Best Design)

Tung Van Truong (for Best Design)

Senior UX Designer, Cognizant

Enjoys experimenting at the edge of technology and human behaviour. Part of winning teams in hackathons that tackled big challenges in health research and patient experience, mining and sustainability. Believes the best energy usage is the two feet that you are born with and curiosity is the elixir of youth.

Barry Ramirez (for Most Creative Idea)

Barry Ramirez (for Most Creative Idea)

A/NZ Cloud Innovation Advisory Practice Leader, IBM

Barry leads the Cloud Innovation Advisory Practice for IBM Australia and New Zealand, which helps customers discover, shape and realise the Cloud-Powered transformations achievable through Cloud, DevOps, and the Startup Mindset


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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.

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