How can innovation solve the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues?

We intend to find out. Be part of the solution at the Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon.


The Professor
Ron Johnston

Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon

DATE: 16-18 AUGUST 2019

The Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon is a weekend-long event, taking place in Sydney, NSW. This event is designed for university students to work collaboratively in cross-discipline teams to create technology-driven solutions for pressing humanitarian challenges. Participants will be asked to identify practical solutions for real and current problems that are submitted by the humanitarian disaster organisation, RedR Australia.

The Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon is taking place in….



For more information about these events, download our information kit today.


A hackathon is a social event that brings together technical and other interested people who have the skills and organisational capacity to create innovative solutions to a proposed problem within time constraints. 

  • International and national university students, domiciled in Australia and studying at any Australian University;
  • Students studying in any discipline but preferably “STEM-capable participants” studying for degrees in engineering and /or IT; the reason for this preference is because of the emphasis on “engineering” innovations;
  • Students must be studying an undergraduate degree – full-time or part-time;
  • Entry may be made by individuals but during the event you will be working in teams;
  • Entrants will be required to provide evidence of their eligibility under these rules as a part of their submission.

The Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon will be held on the 16th to the 18th of August, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.


Specific times and location will be released as the event gets closer. Be sure to download our INFORMATION KIT to stay in the know about the event as it gets closer.

Yes! The winners will receive: 

  • $5,000 group cash prize, plus recognition in publications and the media
  • The winners will be invited to collaborate further with a group of experts, possibly to build the next phase of the multi-generation plan, or to develop a sustainable social entrepreneurship or commercial solutions.

No. Participants will register as individuals for the hackathon. During the welcome meet and greet on the 16th of August, participants will form groups of 3 to 6 individuals and work as a team throughout the hackathon. You will be able to select your own teammates, so if you have a group you want to work with, just make sure everyone is registered. We encourage students to work collaboratively in cross-discipline teams and will give students time to get to know one another and form their teams. 

No, you do not need to participate in our first event, the Humanitarian Innovation Pitch to participate in the hackathon, but you are encouraged to do so. Top scored submissions in the Humanitarian Innovation Pitch will receive a travel stipend to Sydney for the Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon.

For more information about the Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon:

This national submissions contest is for university students to develop innovative technological or engineering solutions that support human welfare through benevolent treatment or assistance to people for substantially altruistic reasons. Students are encouraged to select a real-world humanitarian problem (based on the focus areas identified) and develop technology-driven solutions, including a demonstration or other proof of practicality. Submissions are to comprise of a short video (no more than three minutes) explaining the problem chosen and solution developed. A written design brief will also be submitted showing evidence of how your solution could be achieved.

RedR Disaster RELIEF

We’ve teamed up with the international humanitarian response agency, RedR Australia. Find out more about who they are and the important work they do. 



Professor Ron Johnston, Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Innovation (ACIIC), is one of Australia’s leading thinkers about the future.


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