The Imagination Hackathon

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.

View full rules

Prizes

$20,150 in prizes

First Place

- $4000 in Cash
- Amazon Echo Dot for each team member
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro
- DDD Melbourne ticket for every member of your team
- Sketch App licence for every member of your team

Second Place

- $2000 in cash
- Cygnett Power Banks for each team member
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Third Place

- $1000 in cash
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best Design

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription for each team member

Most Creative Idea

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription for each team member

Best IoT/Hardware Hack

- $1500 in cash
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best Pitch

JBL Go Speakers

Best Social Media

TBA

Best Meme

TBA

FROM THINGS TO INTERNET OF THINGS AWARD (Sponsored by Bosch)

Bosch Heated Jackets for each team member

BEST STARTUP POTENTIAL (Sponsored by Wade Institute)

A place in Wade Institute's Startup Sprint weekend

Startup Sprint is a fun weekend to road test your entrepreneurial game! Roll up your sleeves and get a taste for the fundamental steps of building a startup. Learn how to validate your business ideas and meet inspiring experts, mentors and like-minded entrepreneurs-to-be in a supportive and fast-paced environment.

#BEAUTIFUL AWARD (Sponsored by Xero)

TBA

BEST MOBILE EXPERIENCE (Sponsored by Itty Bitty Apps)

BEST HACK ON A .TECH DOMAIN

$250 Amazon Gift Vouchers

ALL STAR AWARD (Sponsored by the Hacker Exchange)

LinkedIn profile review for every team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

1. Teams can have up to six people.

2. Each member of a team must be a student studying at an undergraduate, honours, or postgraduate course at an accredited university or TAFE college in Australia or New Zealand.

3. Teams cannot have remote participants.

4. Melbourne only: teams must have a minimum number of four people. Teams with two or three people will be asked to merge. The Organisers reserve the right to relax this restriction at their discretion.

 

Requirements

 

In addition to details about your project and how you built it, you must also provide the following:

  1. A list of all third-party material and APIs, including anything that was purchased.
  2. A link to your repository (as per Section 2.3 of the rules)
  3. Images and/or screenshots of your project

 

If you have created a web app, you are free to submit a link to a live working copy of your project with your submission. However, this is optional and not required.

 

You must also fill in the required fields with your DevPost submission to help us speed up the judging process. The information you provide will be used to create summary cards for the judges, allowing you to focus on the more important things during your pitch.

Video

You are encouraged to produce a video demonstration of your project. However, this is optional and not required.

This video must be a no-frills video - that is, no fancy graphics and animations - and does not exceed two minutes. We highly encourage you use your iPhone or Android smartphone to record the video.

We also strongly encourage you keep the video up after the event. This will help us for marketing and promotion of future UNIHACK competitions.

 

 

Judges

Bruce Hardy

Bruce Hardy
Innovation Practice Lead, Telstra

Kelly Benson

Kelly Benson
Senior Consultant, Thoughtworks

Ren Butler

Ren Butler
General Manager, Inspire9

Long Zheng

Long Zheng
Cofounder and Head of Product, Omny Studio

Michelle Mannering

Michelle Mannering
Founder, MishManners and Hackathon Extraordinaire

Tung Van Truong

Tung Van Truong
Senior UX Designer, Cognizant

Barry Ramirez

Barry Ramirez
A/NZ Cloud Innovation Advisory Practice Leader, IBM

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/web/IoT solution? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    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?
  • Polish and Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Does it work as the creators say? Is the user experience smooth? Is it well designed for the target audience? Our judges will want to see and use your prototype - so make sure it works!
  • Usefulness
    Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfil a real need that the community, the broader society or the target audience has? You do not need to prepare a business plan, but you should at least identify who is your target audience.