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Hackamon 2019

Returning 5-7 April, Clayton campus

What the hack?

Deconstruct a problem. Hack a solution. Build a better Monash.

HackaMon is a sprint-like event for groups of innovators to come together to showcase ideas and creative solutions.

Open to all Monash University students, alumni, and staff

Whether you're hacking a secure network, timetable swaps like SwapMe, or even hacking gender equality - the process is the same.

Join as an individual or form a team to:

  • identify a problem
  • ideate a vision
  • innovate or test a prototype
  • and pitch a solution.

Highlights from last year's HackaMon

Registration

Registration for HackaMon 2019 is now open!

Register now

Although we ask for $10 payment, you will be refunded this in cash when you arrive at HackaMon.


HackaMon 2019 is being held at:

Learning and Teaching Building
19 Ancora Imparo Way
Monash University, VIC 3800
View map 

Friday - Sunday, 5 - 7 April

FAQs

Who can attend?

All Monash University students, alumni and staff are invited.

Where do I park?

Parking is available on campus. See the Clayton campus map (pdf 288kb).

What do I bring?  

Your laptop, Monash ID, and whatever else you need to hack. Food, coffee and merch is provided.

I don’t have a team - can I still attend?

Definitely! We’ll help you find a team.

This is a great way to meet new people. And even if you're only attending one day, we're sure we can find a team who'll appreciate the extra hands for the day.

How many in a team?

Your team should have no less than four and no more than six members.

Members can be all students, all staff, or a mix of both.

I’m not technical - can I still hack?

Yes! We value diversity and not all solutions need to be technical. The Community Stream is targeted to those who may not have hacked before or are not as technical. Teams in each stream value anyone who’s looking for a challenge.

I can’t attend both days. Is that OK?

Yes, we’ll find you a team (or perhaps you have one) that you can help out on either day.

What’s in it for me?

Build your network, learn new skills, have fun and maybe even win the awesome prizes!

Want more info?

Email us at hackamon@monash.edu

Prizes

Prizes (worth over $25,000)

First prize: Value $16,000

  • Mentorship and workspace at eSolutions for three months (total of 24 days) to develop your solution
  • Innovation Training with Peter Bradd
  • Year-long subscription to InVision for your team
  • VR headsets (for each team member)

Second prize: Value $4,000

  • Year-long subscription to InVision for your team
  • Innovation Training with Peter Bradd
  • VR headsets (for each team member)

Third prize: Value $2,000

  • Year-long subscription to InVision
  • VR headsets (for each team member)

Participants Choice Award: Value $3,000

  • Innovation Training with Peter Bradd
  • Sphero Specdrum

Mentors and judges

Judging criteria

Impressiveness of idea/solution/approach/technology:
WOW factor of the idea or solutions; it shows a different way of thinking, working, or applying technology to the problem.

Originality
Truly new ways of thinking about the problems, solutions, processors or technology.

Impact
Represents a positive impact on the way the Monash community lives, studies and/or works.

User experience
The user has been central to the development of the solution.

Mentors

Peter Bradd (Master of ceremonies)

Peter Bradd

Peter Bradd was recently recognised as one of the top 10 most influential people in Australian technology. As an entrepreneur, he's founded 6 companies over the past decade.

At the age of 22, he partnered with Qantas to create Qantas Postcards, as service which let customers turn their own photos into real postcards printed and posted within 24 hours. He was a founding director and initial CEO of Fishburners, Australia's first and most popular tech co-working space, which has supported over 1,000 Technology entrepreneurs. He also a founding director and initial CEO of StartupAUS, Australia's national advocacy group for technology entrepreneurs and worked with Malcolm Turnbull on the National Science and Innovation Policy, a set of 20 initiatives which significantly enhanced the policy settings for Technology entrepreneurs in Australia.

He is currently the Federal Government's first 'thinker in residence' for the Digital transformation Agency, as well as running his own consultancy building innovation environments in large enterprise and being a busy father to his 2-year-old twin daughters.

Judges

Trevor Woods

Trevor Woods

Trevor has been the Chief Information Officer of Monash University, Australia's largest and most innovative university, since 2015 after having served in similar roles at the universities of Alberta and Lethbridge in Canada. He believes that the biggest digital disruption coming to Higher Education is in administration, and that Monash is well positioned to modernise. Though universities challenge accepted ways in the world, at Monash, we also challenge OUR accepted ways; that this is one of our strategic advantages. Trevor is leading the multi-year effort to modernise the student experience and administration and helping to drive a sustained culture of change by scaling Agile and cross-disciplinary design and delivery; running hackathons and popup innovations; supporting startups with a studio to 'test drive' creations; and involving resident entrepreneurs. Trevor has significantly reduced the time-to-benefit realization and provided organisation-wide cost savings while delivering enhanced levels of service, satisfaction, and improved business outcomes.

2018 Winners

Community stream: Work Like a Girl

Last year, the winners of the Community Stream proposed a multi-faceted strategy to tackle the pay gap for Monash graduates.

Through educational workshops, online resources and mentoring, Work like a Girl aims to increase the negotiation skills of young women, securing fairer employment terms to set them up for a lifetime of success. This solution has gained significant accolades from the Office of the Vice Provost, who intend to take this initiative to the next stage.

General stream: Smart Attend

Winners of the general stream tackled a big issue too - sustainability.

Smart Attend is an app that uses facial verification and geolocation to accurately record student attendance. This simple and clever approach leverages the ubiquitous selfie to save thousands of trees per year by negating the humble class list. Attuned to Monash’s Smart University Strategy, this solution also has an infinite number of possible spin-offs.

Contact us

Our HackaMon team is here to answer any questions you have.

Emailhackamon@monash.edu
Call: 9902 0532