The Warren Centre
& Professor Ron Johnston
2023 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon

Winners announced!

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Meet our

top 10 finalists

The hackathon judges are busy judging the final submissions. The winners will be announced on the hackathon site on August 19. World Humanitarian Day.
Thrive Foundation
Team 28b
Aditya Gandhi, Angela Deng, Joy Yin, Stefanie Stan
Team 4c
Daniel Mok, Edward Widjaja, Ethan Pua, Rory Clements
Team 1a
Adam Slimming, Alex Hofmann, Gemma Biezen, Sam Hillcoat
The IT Crowd
Team 14c
Angus Henderson, Franco Yemma, Wesley Henderson
Team 9a

Elvera Abdel-Messih, Ji Han Qin 

Lost in Thought
Team 59b
Ella Suita, Hannah Mae Jerao, Noah Pearson Niso
Team 7c
Samuel Lee, Steven Sidharta, Toshiki Norimura
Disaster Destroyers
Team 47b
Dominica Leaver, Emma Cherry, Sophie Kim
Engineers Beyond Borders
Team 2a
Advaita Nitturkar, Megan Myburgh, Sangeetha Kamath
Hack for Hope
Team 5a

Wendy To, Zoe Lee, Kalyani Jijith

Watch Highlights

2023 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon Highlights

Our 2023 


Climate change impacts in the Asia-Pacific Region
One of the greatest challenges facing our planet is the impacts of climate change. The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2023 report states that surface temperatures are 1.1 °C above what they were between 1850 – 1900. This has resulted in mean global sea level rises of 0.2 m between 1901 and 2018. Further, there are increased extremes of heatwaves, heavy rainfall, droughts and tropical cyclones.
Challenge A
Heatwave resilient informal urban housing
Challenge B
Cyclone and severe storm resilient rural drinking water supplies
Challenge C
Rising sea-level and coastal flooding resilient transportation infrastructure

2023 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.

Key Dates

Commences Friday afternoon
21 July 2023.

It will run over Saturday and Sunday,
22 – 23 July 2023.

$5,000 – 1st Prize RedR Ron Johnston Rapid Response

$3,000 – Hackathon 2nd Prize

$1,000 – Hackathon 3rd Prize

$1,000 – Hackathon 4th Prize Solarobotix best use of digital technologies

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

9am – Mini Moment: How to make a video

5pm – Closing Saturday

9am – Official Kickoff

12pm – Submissions Due

12:15pm – Dj Beth Yen

1:50pm – Welcome to the Judges

2pm – Top 10 finalists Announcement

3pm – Winners Announced & Closing Ceremony

2023 Hackathon
Explainer Video
Attention all participants…. 
A must watch video!
our Judges
Meet our 2023 final judges
Chris Vonwiller
Chair, The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering
Dr Bronwyn Evans
Chair, Building 4.0 CRC
Joanna Buldeski
Practice Lead Impact and Safeguards, Asia PacificDT Global
Jacqueline Thomas
Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering University of Sydney
John Hibbard
CEO Hibbard Consulting Pty Ltd
Peter Thornton
The Warren Centre
Zahid Iqbal
DT Global
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.

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Join Us Online or In Person 

The 2023 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 

  • Grand foyer of J03 Building, Engineering Precinct University of Sydney.
  • This building is located behind the Seymour Centre and shares a car park.
  • Best parking is Shepherd Street Car Park. 116 Shepherd St. Darlington, NSW 2008

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

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. 

Sound like

Become a 2023 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon Mentor 

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We’re seeking sponsors

To find out more about our Sponsorship opportunities, download our 2023 Hackathon Sponsorship Kit.

Partners & Sponsors 2023
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