The Warren Centre
& Professor Ron Johnston

Innovation Hackathon

July 19th – 21st 2024

Countdown to Innovation

Challenges released July 19th 2024!

Team Formation and Confirmation of Attendance 

Student Participation Categories

This year, we’re forming all teams in the weeks leading up to the event.
There are 3 categories of student participating in the Hackathon:

Pre-formed Team Captains

Pre-formed Team Members

Individual Students (i.e, no team yet)

To streamline the event, we ask all applicants to confirm their attendance, either as part of a pre-formed team or individually (onsite or online). This ensures readiness on Slack, our event platform, and smooth team organization before the Hackathon begins. Organized teams can also preview weekend challenges in advance.

Register your team or confirm your attendance before July 11th

Team Captains

If you are a Team Captain, use the form below to nominate your group of students for the Hackathon as a pre-formed team.

Ensure all nominated teammates have registered as Participants

Your Team Members need to provide you with the email address they signed up to the Hackathon with (it’s not always their uni email address, so make sure they are sure).

Individual Students

If you are an individual student, we’d like you to confirm your attendance July 19-21 by using the form below. This allows us to place you into a suitable team of similar students who will either be attending in-person at Sydney Uni, or will collaborate online.

Key Dates

Friday 19 July   4pm – 7pm

Saturday 20 July   9am – 5pm

Sunday 21 July   9am – 5pm

Team Prizes

$5,000 – 1st Prize

$3,000 – 2nd Prize

$1,000 – 3rd Prize

Note – All prizes are for the team, not each participant

Your Complete Guide

Timing, Venue Navigation, Travel, and Food Choices

As you prepare for this exciting event, we’ve compiled essential information to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. In this guide, you’ll find details on event timing, tips for getting to the venue, travel options to campus, and a variety of food choices available during the hackathon.

Explainer Video

Attention all participants…. 
A must watch video!

Rules, Entry and Eligibility

• National and international university students domiciled in Australia or New Zealand/The Pacific Islands and studying at a university.

• Entries are limited to undergraduate students.

• Entrants will be required to provide evidence of their eligibility under these rules as a part of their application for entry. Example of evidence is a university ID card.

• An individual may only participate in a single team. She/he cannot work across multiple teams.

• Students must register as individuals. However, after registration, students can form their own teams of 3-4 students.

Meet our 2024 Judges

Principal Safeguards Specialist, Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Industry Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Co-founder, ServiceGen

CEO, Hibbard Consulting Pty Ltd

Former Governor General of Australia

Roads & Highways Manager, South East Asia & Pacific, SMEC

Senior Director, Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, The Asia Foundation

Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Team Leader, Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility


2024 Program

Open to all university students in Australia and The Pacific Islands/New Zealand.

Our Hackathon is a weekend long hybrid program with industry leading speakers, team bonding, facilitated mentoring, and exciting diversions that mix up the digital and face to face competition. Our Hackathon will fire up your creativity.

Participants are asked to identify practical solutions for real and current problems from an existing international humanitarian response context.

Since our establishment in 2019, The Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon has seen hundreds of students address significant topics including climate change-induced population displacement, educating for the future, aiding island communities and the provision of clean water.

2024 Hackathon Information Webinar

Find out everything you need to know for the 2024 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon in this webinar.

Wondering how you can connect with us?

Join Us Online or In Person 

The 2024 Hackathon is a hybrid event. There will be 1 in-real-life location that all participants can participate from. They also have the option of participating online, utilizing the live-stream on the website and Slack.

The location is: University of Sydney – Sydney Knowledge Hub

Getting to the Sydney Knowledge Hub

Hackathon Schedule
This schedule is designed for you to tap into any additional resources you need, such as learning how to make a video or recapping on the rules.

4pm – Opening Ceremony Commencement

4:30pm – Mini Challenge: Make a Team Promo

5:30pm – Hackathon Challenges Announcement

7pm – Make a Team Promo Winner Announcement

9am – Official Kickoff

9:10am – Mini Moment: How to make a video

5pm – Closing Saturday

9am – Official Kickoff

12pm – Submissions Due

12:15pm – Dj Beth Yen

1:30pm – Welcome to the Judges

3pm – Finalists Announced & Closing Ceremony

Become a Mentor

Wish you could participate, but your undergrad days are behind you?

Join our team as a Hackathon Mentor and be at the forefront of change in humanitarian innovation.

You will:

Meet new and likeminded people in the industry.

See what’s innovating a whole new generation.

Do something meaningful with your weekend.

Have something cool to put on your LinkedIn profile for once. 

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Become a 2024 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon Mentor 

Social Media Assets
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Hashtags, links
& Social Posts
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#HumanitarianInnovationHackathon #hack2024 #usyd 

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Calling all Australian and Pacific Island Undergraduate University Students. Do you want to help change the world? Find out how you can participate in the 2024
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SAVE THE DATE The #HumanitarianInnovationHackathon is happening across the country this July. for more information #HumanitarianInnovationHackathon #hack2024 #usyd 

The #HumanitarianInnovationHackathon is a weekend-long event designed for all Australian and Pacific Island university students to work collaboratively, in cross-discipline teams, to create technology-driven solutions for the most pressing #humanitarian challenges.

Participants are asked to identify practical solutions for real and current problems, from a current international humanitarian response context. The HIA Hackathon runs from 19-22 July 2024. for more information 

#HumanitarianInnovationHackathon #hack2024 #usyd 

Humanitarian Innovation Awards Sponsors

Watch Highlights

2023 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon Highlights

Hackathon Weekend

We set up a Hack Live studio in Sydney where the Hackathon is broadcasted LIVE across the country

We recognise and pay respect to the Elders and communities – past, present, and emerging – of the lands that the University of Sydney’s campuses stand on. For thousands of years they have shared and exchanged knowledges across innumerable generations for the benefit of all.