The health, safety and well-being of everyone attending the RMIT Hack-a-thon is our top priority. After careful consideration, and due to the rapidly changing situation of COVID-19 in Australia, the RMIT Hack-a-thon has been postponed.

We would like to thank you for all your support and apologise for any inconvenience this decision may have caused. We appreciate your understanding and would like to encourage you to keep checking in to events hosted by RMIT Activator and Future Edge.

Why should you participate?

What’s in it for you?

Connected Communities

Empowering students to deliver accessible solutions that provide equal learning opportunities to anyone anywhere.

Learning from each other

We all have skills and information to share, from students, industry partners, academics and mentors. How do we better enable learning from each other?

Empowering students

Students have great ideas in their learning experiences.  How can students be better empowered to provide input and feedback on their learning?

Students Co-Creating learning experiences

Learning happens in many ways. What are innovative ways that learning can be more engaging and available to different student audiences?

Networking and Mentoring Opportunities

Industry partners and RMIT ITS staff will be assissting you throughout the event, giving you exposure to new opportunities.

Innovative solutions

RMIT is always on the lookout for great ideas that can assist us to be leaders in providing great student learning experiences. The winning team’s project may have the opportunity to be implemented at RMIT!


Wednesday 25 September

Event Agenda: 

The Prizes

*The first and second places could get their ideas implemented into RMIT.

Please read our full terms and conditions here. 

The Judges 

Paul Oppenheimer

Paul Oppenheimer

RMIT Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Paul is a leader with a proven track record in developing strategy, managing operations and guiding teams to deliver valued outcomes for customers. 

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Katherine Battle-Schulz

Katherine Battle-Schulz

Katherine is an expert in customer led transformation, partnering with Global clients to achieve business growth.

She thrives at the intersection of creativity, data and technology with an emphasis on leveraging deep customer insights, translating these to future state experiences and identifying the technology, data, analytics and change management required for sustainable growth.

Sherman Young

Sherman Young

Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Executive Director of RMIT Studios

 Sherman is responsible for leading learning and teaching strategy, practice and innovation across the university. He is a Media Studies academic and the author of The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book (UNSW Press, 2007), among many others. 

Michelle Mannering

Michelle Mannering

‘Queen of Hackathons’ Michelle Mannering is the Founder of several tech companies, with a background in science, communications, events, and marketing.

Michelle has had experience running over 70 Hackathons in Australia!

Wenyue Zou

Wenyue Zou


Dr. Wenyue Zou has been named among 10 top innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review in the Asia Pacific region for her work developing wearable UV sensors.

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Michael Swiatkiwsky

Michael Swiatkiwsky

Leidos, Software Engineer

Michael is a Software Engineer in love with all things tech. Leading The RMIT CSIT Society as President in 2018, he made it his mission to support his peers and propel them forward towards success.

The Organisers

Platinum Sponsor 

About Capgemini

Capgemini Invent combines market leading expertise in strategy, technology, data science and creative design, to help CxOs envision and build what’s next for their businesses.


The Venue



Readify Head Office

Collins Square,  Tower One 

Level 17, 727 Collins Street

Docklands VIC 3008, Australia




Public transport available, click here.

Sign up as a Mentor or Volunteer!

Give back to the RMIT community, learn new skills and work within an amazing team!

All mentors/volunteers will receive:

– Catered meals

– Mentor or volunteer diploma

– Reference letter signed by Chief Information Officer (Paul Oppenheimer)

– Hack-a-Thon swag (of course!)

Come and join our students, colleagues and industry partners for the most creative and fun weekend you’ll have this year!


What RMIT is saying about the event:

When it comes to getting a good quality job, networking and personal projects are extremely important!

Short of internships, Hackathons, are one of the best ways to expand your network, meet employers and demonstrate your love for software development… all in one!


RMIT Alumni

What is the challenge statement?

Work with your team to ideate a digital solution that helps enable equal learning opportunities for everyone, everywhere. 

Minimum requirement for the final submission will be a PowerPoint presentation uploaded to a link provided via Slack on the day! ( Make sure you have signed up to the Hack-a-Thon connected communities slack workspace here!!)

How do we submit our final idea?

Minimum requirement for the final submission will be a PowerPoint presentation uploaded to a google drive folder link provided via Slack on the day! ( Make sure you have signed up to the Hack-a-Thon connected communities slack workspace here!!)

All final submissions must be entered by 10 am sharp, any ideas submitted after this time will not be judged! 

How will ideas be judged?

Marketplace Judging Style: Judges will come around to each team for 2min and review the idea. (One group of teams will be judged, followed by a short break for the judges to deliberate. The next group of teams will then be judged, followed by a short break for the judges to deliberate on the final 3 teams.)

The Top 3 teams chosen will present (3min) to the wider group where a winner will then be chosen.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Technical Innovation (Idea)
  • Creativity
  • Execution (Demo) MVP
  • Design
  • Business Model Potential for commercialisation/ real world execution.
  • Pitch


I have signed up as an individual, how do I find a team?

Participants that signed up as individuals have been assigned to a team and will be details will be emailed shortly.  

Can our team work on an existing project?

You can brainstorm or plan your ideas prior to the hackathon however you cannot start working on your idea before the event.

What language and programs can we use?
You can create a project in any programming language, AWS is recommended to use as a cloud platform. You could also use JetBrains as a Professional IDE (does not include Microsoft.NET IDE) or RMIT Dreamspark to access Microsoft IDE. 
Note: We do not provide support for Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.   
What do I need to do before the event?

Sign up to the Connected Communities Slack Workspace
Stay on top of important event information by signing up here:

Sign up to AWS Educate
Click here to download the guide to sign up to AWS Educate. Last day to sign up is Tuesday 23 July 5pm (optional)

At what time do registrations open?

Registrations Open at 10:30 and Close at 11:30
Make sure you and your team members are all ready and set to go before 11.30 am! Due to the popularity of the event we will be reallocating places for people that haven’t registered by that time. 

What do I need to bring?

All participants must bring their own devices, including their chargers and all necessary hardware and software. Since the event is overnight we suggest bringing warm changing clothes, pillows and toiletries.

Do I need to bring food?

We will provide lunch, dinner and snacks on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks.

Can I bring alcohol or smoke on premises?

All RMIT premises are strictly alchol and smoke free.

What are the rules and code of conduct?

Please ensure you have read our full terms and conditions before registering for the event. Click here for the full terms and conditions

Who owns the IP of the projects?

Please see the Terms and Conditions for detailes information.

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