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We are Melbourne's premier student hackathon - run for students, by students from WIRED Monash.
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 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.
Carlton Connect Initiative
700 Swanston Street
Carlton VIC 3053
The best way to get to LAB-14 is catching the route 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 or 72 tram towards the University of Melbourne.
If getting to the venue by train, the nearest station is Melbourne Central. Exit via Swanston Street and then catch one of the above trams towards the University of Melbourne.
$4000 in cash
Membership to the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program (worth US$24,000)1
A Raspberry Pi 3 for each member, thanks to Thoughtworks
A Sphero SPRK for each member
1 The team must agree to working on the project and move it forward before claiming it. You cannot use the credit to top up any existing Bluemix or Softlayer account. Subject to program criteria.
$2000 in cash
$1000 in cash
Adobe Creative Cloud for each member
Awarded to project with a good looking and very usable interface design.
A KAISER BAAS Drone for each member
Awarded to the project with the most original idea or reinvention.
A Xbox One for each member
Awarded to the project that wins the hearts and minds of the people.
Up to $500 worth of Bosch products from across the range
Awarded to Internet of Things project that improves the quality of life and spark enthusiasm.
A student ticket to TEDx Melbourne for each member
Awarded to the project that is usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability or status in life.
A customised WASD V2 keyboard for each member
Awarded to the project demonstrates a solution to a complex problem which is simple elegant (encompasses speed, economy and beauty) and effective.
A PlayStation 4 for each member
Part of the Accenture's API Challenge - for the project with the most innovative interpretation and visualization of data, elegancy and code quality.
A $100 iTunes voucher for each member
Awarded to the project that most successfully applies the use of test cases to their code.
A seat in PwC's STEM Academy for each member
Awarded to the team that best demonstrates the PwC values during the competition.
A Xero Developer Pack each member
Awarded to the project that is ready to be launched on a marketplace, looking at the overall idea and the user experience
To be announced on the day
Awarded to the person who posts a tweet, message, photo or video that sums up UNIHACK.
To be announced on the day
It's obvious. Person who makes the best meme wins.
More to be announced soon
Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? 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? Is the user experience smooth? Does it work as the creators say? Is it well designed? Our judges will see and/or want to use your prototype - so make sure it works!
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfil a real need that people have? While you are not required to prepare a business plan, your app should have an audience identified.
Startup Market Manager, BlueChilli
I keep BlueChilli connected to the key players in the local, national and international tech startup community. I help early stage founders understand where they are in relation to resources and people. Me and my team put on kickass events educate and connect founders, funders, and other vital decision makers in the innovation landscape. I know how to resolve those seemingly insane problems with creativity and ingenuity (and frankly love it!).MsRenButler
Director of Strategy and New Business, Australia, Mashery
Jason Cormier is a Product Evangelist for API Platforms, working for TIBCO Mashery. He is passionate about working with Australian businesses to help them reap the benefits of a well-managed API platform and achieve a positive return on investment as a result.jadacormier
Engineering Manager, Culture Amp
General Partner at Signal Ventures
Part of Signal Ventures, a seed stage venture capital fund for entrepreneurs creating global companies.LANTS
Experience Design Lead, Seamless CMS
Remya helps government agencies understand the increasingly sophisticated expectations of users and builds inclusive digital experiences. She comes with over ten years of diverse experience ranging UX/CX design, business analysis, product innovation and digital strategy. A meetup community member, Remya co-organises LadiesThatUX and Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne. She also loves to crochet and dance.rem_ram
Head of UX & Innovation at Foxley, UX Business Consultant
Regional President Automotive Electronics, Bosch
Dr. Oliver Wolst is leading Robert Bosch's Automotive Electronics division in Australia with a portfolio ranging from power diodes manufacturing to product development of body computers and secure gateways for global automotive OEMs. He is holding a PhD in Physics from the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen (Germany) and pursued postdoctoral research on UV emitting laser diodes at XEROX's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) at Stanford, California. After joining Bosch in 2004 as a Management Trainee in Stuttgart he was driving research on electrochemically activated high temperature semiconductors for automotive exhaust gas sensing. In 2007 he took over the responsibility for engineering and manufacturing of laser based distance measurement tools within the business unit Power Tools. Mid 2010 he relocated to Singapore for heading the Corporate Research and advanced engineering activities of the Robert Bosch group in Asia Pacific. Dr. Wolst is a Feodor-Lynen-Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation.
UNIHACK is open to all university and TAFE students in Australia. The only requirement is that you must be an enrolled undergraduate, honours, postgraduate or TAFE student when UNIHACK starts on July 30. We reserve the right to cancel your ticket if you do not meet this requirement.
You are not allowed to start any development work on your project before UNIHACK. All development work - code, images, graphics, sounds - must be sourced or developed during the 24 hours. 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.
No, tickets are not refundable. However, if you are unable to make it, you are free to sell your ticket on the UNIHACKers group or the Facebook event page.
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 LAB-14.
You may have up to four members in your team.
No. The event is a strictly non-alcoholic and non-smoking event.
Any intellectual property (e.g. code, images, audio) that you and/or your team create during UNIHACK belongs to you and/or your team.
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.
Don't worry, we have that covered. Simply go to our Facebook group UNIHACKers and create a post asking if any teams are looking for any additional team members. We also suggest asking the IT student society at your university because they might be organsing a team.
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.
A laptop, mobile phone, chargers, and a change of clothes are essential. We highly suggest also bringing a sleeping bag and toiletries if you want to stay the night (there is a shower located on-site).