Connecting ICT, Design, Business and Health students to create next-gen skills, Health Technologies + ventures.

Event Overview

In an era of Connectedness, we still face rising tides of loneliness, need for authentic connection through our life course and the challenge of preserving vitality. Clinicians, Carers, Consumers and Policymakers are navigating their way through the maze of technology changes + challenges, but need help sorting signal from noise, fact from fiction, progression from stasis and decay.

Our Hackathon experience at the University of Newcastle will give early career exposure and cross-disciplinary design experiences to ICT, Design, Business and Health students, informed and shaped by experienced clinicians, consumers and carers on contemporary healthcare issues. Their challenge is to design + develop 1st generation technical prototypes or outline a concept to address a healthcare problem with targeted use of contemporary technology. In doing so, our event attendees will develop a strong working understanding of the challenges, constraints and possibilities in an intensive crucible of health+tech curiosity. We're also inviting remote interaction with our teams, asking you to Pitch, Select and Connect on ideas from 7pm on Fri 15 Sept 2017.

Let's work together to see what can be cooked up with the right ingredients of our 5CFocus: Care, Clinical Skills+Experience, Connectedness, Creativity and Cutting Edge technology. Our event winners will be eligible for a range of cash and in-kind incentives from local companies. During our event, we're getting teams to focus on one of our Challenge Topics:

HackCare to transform palliative + end of Life Care
HackMyCondition for Chronic Disease Management
HackLoneliness for better Mental Health care and connectedness

An Eventbrite ticket is required from with event attendee numbers capped at 60 people to fit within our intended venue.


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$6,000 in prizes

Overall Winner

Prize of $3000 is provided by University of Newcastle I2N Program

2nd Prize - $2k

2nd Prize of $2000 is provided by Laughing Mind

3rd Prize - $1k

3rd Prize of $1000 is provided by Regional Angels

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Participants: Individuals must be 18yrs of age or older, Team entries may consist of organisations for up to a maximum of 5 people (teams need to be between 2-5people max). Student entries will be required to verify student IDs and be currently enrolled to be eligible for student tickets.

Open to Australian Residents. We will be seeking a broad mix of Clinicians, Carers, Consumers, Coders, UX and Design to ensure optimium team compositions and to allow for remote team interactions. Tag a friend if you think they should be aware and involved


Submission Requirements will be announced on the evening of 21 July 2017 at 730pm.

As a guideline, we will be looking for evidence of:

  1. Market assessment
  2. Need targeted
  3. Market validation
  4. Proof of concept (wireframes/sketches/screen flow) and/or working prototype
  5. Evidence of collaboration activity within the team
  6. API or Framework leverage


How to enter

An Eventbrite ticket is required from, with event attendee numbers capped at 90 people to fit within our intended venue.

We reserve the right to curate the attendee list in order to maximise local entrant opportunities to participate and achieve the best chances of success for regional health needs. If ticket sales reach capacity, we will be actively managing the waitlist.


Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson
University of Newcastle

Sally Chan

Sally Chan
University of Newcastle

Brian Hill

Brian Hill
Laughing Mind

Judging Criteria

  • Care
    How well does the concept contribute to the Care experience for consumers
  • Clinical Skills+Experience
    How well does the concept reflect interdisciplinary + integrated care, vs being a single domain specialty?
  • Connectedness
    Does the concept build Connectedness of the Care+Consumer team, or enhance social support for the Consumer?
  • Creativity and Cutting Edge technology
    Extent to which entry demonstrates original thinking and application of contemporary technology.