30 hours of creativity and collaboration
You don’t need to be a coder or tech savvy to take part in the Hackathon. All you need to bring to the table is your creativity, experience and passion to work together with a bunch of cool people to create something new and amazing! 2019’s Hackathon is now complete. Stay tuned for 2020’s dates!
Hackathon is some serious fun!
The Digital Solutions annual Hackathon involves participating in over 30 hours of outstanding creativity and collaboration to transform your awesome ideas into reality!
Have you got the creative genius, coding skills, advertising jingles or graphic skills to help build an app and spruik it?
$2,000 - Winning Team
$1,000 - Runner-Up Team
$500 - Best UI Design
Frequently Asked Questions
|Who can participate?||All entrants must be enrolled at Griffith University during the trimester the Hackathon is held. You don’t have to be in a computing-related program.|
|When is the Hackathon?||Hackathon was held on Saturday 3 August – Sunday 4 August 2019. Stay tuned for 2020 dates.|
|Do I need a team or can individuals sign up?||You can register as a team or an individual. If you register as an individual, we will allocate you to a team.|
|Why should I register for the next Hackathon?||Not only will the Hackathon be 30 hours of non-stop fun, but it is a great opportunity to apply what you have learnt at uni in real projects. Showcase your skills, network with peers and put yourself to the test creating something real and meaningful in a short amount of time.|
|Did someone mention prizes?|
Yes, there are team prizes. Previously, first prize was a $2,000 pre-paid Visa card. The runner-up team was awarded a $1,000 pre-paid visa card and a $500 pre-paid visa card went to the team with the best User Interface app.
|Do I need coding knowledge?||It is not mandatory to have coding knowledge. Teams should include a variety of skills from developer, marketing and design to project management.|
|What app will I create?|
You are tasked with building an app that will greatly improve your student life. You will be provided with more detailed criteria and challenges one week prior to the event.
|Can I start working on my hack before the event?|
Please see the Terms and Conditions for detailed information on this. In short, you can brainstorm and plan prior to the event and create wireframes. All code, design, art, music, SFX and assets must be created during the event.
|Will hardware, tools and devices be provided?|
All participants must bring their own devices, including chargers and development tools. If you don’t own a device, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of one week prior to the event.
|What APIs will be available?|
Griffith University will provide a description of the available APIs one week prior to the event, with full specifications provided on the day.
|What support is offered?||Griffith University staff with IT, marketing and project management experience will be on-hand during the event to assist you. You will be provided with a Griffith staff member’s contact details prior to the event for any IT-related queries.|
|Do I need to bring food?||We will provide lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Feel free to bring your own snacks.|
|Do I have to be there the entire time?||No, but you will need to attend registration on the Saturday and present your application on Sunday afternoon. We encourage you to embrace the spirit of a Hackathon and lock down inside the Library where we will provide all you need. There will be chairs, bean bags and floor space to rest / sleep on.|
|How does the judging work?|
Please see the Terms and Conditions for detailed information on judging. You will be provided with the judging criteria one week before the event.