You asked it for (did you really?) so here it is; a list of the hackathons in Melbourne. As I’ve said before, there’s so many of these things happening so it’s almost impossible to cover all the Aussie ones, so here’s the ones in the awesome city of Melbourne.

If I’ve missed some important piece of info, or you want to advertise your hackathon, just get in touch – easy as that!

Hack the Heart, 24-26 February

The first hackathon run by Girls in Tech. Developers, product managers, designers, UXers, sales and marketing peeps all under one roof! Should be a tonne of fun. Register your interest on their site.
Location – IE Digital
DetailsGirls in Tech

Sports Hackathon, 24-26 February

What do you get when you combine sport, the City of Ballarat, and the Western Bulldogs? A hackathon of course! This one isn’t strictly speaking in Melbourne, but it’s close enough. Fancy of ride to the country for the day, then head on over to this hackathon.
Location – Ballarat Library
DetailsBallarat Hack

NAB Labs, 24-26 February

Startups, partners, and NAB employees unite! Come together over one weekend to hack away at two challenges.
Grand Prize – $10,000
Location – Gurrowa Innovation Lab
DetailsNAB Labs Hackathon

Critical Care Datathon, 4-5 March

ANZICS along with a couple of pretty sweet companies are bringing you the first critical care datathon. Armed with an arsenal of data, come up with new ways to improve clinical treatment and care.
Location – LAB-14, the Carlton Connect Initiative
DetailsANZICS Critical Care

PharmHack, 3-5 March

It’s a world first, and it’s all about pharmacy! How do we reinvent, and come up with new ways of thinking about this industry. Come along, pitch an idea, build on it, and have a fanastic time doing so.
Location – Inspire9

CodeBrew, 17-19 March

Guess who’s back, back, back? Back again is CodeBrew! CISSA brings back their hackathon for round four and it’s going to be big – guess they outgrew some of the smaller venues. Keep an eye on their website for all the major updates, including registrations and theme announcement.
Grand Prize – AUD$2000
Location – LAB-14, the Carlton Connect Initiative
DetailsCodeBrew Melbourne

Unearthed, 17-19 March

It’s the resource hackathon, and it’s back! Join devs, designers, and industry experts to come up with creative solutions in the resource sector.
Grand Prize – AUD$2500
Location – General Assembly
DetailsUnearthed Melbourne

Telstra Innovation Challenge, 27 March-13 May

It’s a marathon hackathon! Open to university students or the general public (you can only choose one challenge), team up, and hack away. This is more your traditional style hackathon. Coding can only be done during the challenge season, so no starting early!
Grand Prize – TBC
Location – All over Australia
DetailsTelstra Innovation

C17 Hack, 11 April-16 May

What’s with all the marathon hacks? Must be a trend. C17 hack takes you through Design Thinking and more over five weeks while you crack ideas around sustainability. The goal is to implement these solutions so put those thinking caps on. Open to RMIT and Melbourne Uni students.
DetailsDesign Hack

Melbourne Datathon, 13 April-5 May

Another long marathon hackathon. Learn new skills, interact with data scientists and get the chance to land yourself an internship.
Grand Prize – $1,500 + internships up for grabs
Location – Telstra Innovation Lab
DetailsMelbourne Datahon

NASA Space Apps Challenge, 29-30 April

It’s on again (well same as every year). Submissions are still open to host this hackathon. I am more than happy to help out, but can’t run this one on my own this year. Either way, keep your eyes on the website for announcements, and if you’re keen, apply to host.
Location – TBD
DetailsSpace Apps Challenge

Hack the Museum, 6 May

Bet you’ve never been overnight in a Museum? Or have you? Melbourne Knowledge Week and the Melbourne Museum are putting on a 12 hour hackathon for you to create lasting impact on our future city.
Location – Melbourne Museum
DetailsHack Night

Hack for Change, 6 May

Hack for Change is back again. With a broader focus this year in creating online experiences for Melbourians, this lightning quick hackathon is sure to broaden your mind.
Location – General Assembly
DetailsHack for Change

AngelHack, 6-7 May

Global hackathon featuring Melbourne, but of course.
Grand Prize – exclusive invitation to HACKcelerator + tonnes more
Location – DreamFactory

Cyber Security Challenge, 10-11 May

Only open to university students. I guess you can call this a real hack-a-thon (hacking into stuff) rather than a hackathon.
Tonnes of Prizes – (include) Flights, accommodation, and entry to DEFCON, Cisco Live, Ruxcon
Location – TBC
DetailsCyber Challenge

RegHack, 12-14 May

Open by invitation – just apply on the website, this will be one of the largest BlockChain hackathons! With two main themes encompassing Energy and Finance, this should be a very interesting one. Get amongst it.
Grand Prize – $10,000!
Location – RMIT Uni

ConnectHack, 6 June

A come day hackathon on Business ICT and internet connectivity. There’s a tonne of awesome things happening in this space and would be a great day out.
Grand Prize – $1,000 cash or business membership to SEMMA worth $2K
Location – Eastern innovation Business Centre

Random Hacks of Kindness, 17-18 June

It’s here, the date is announced for the Winter RHoK. Are you ready to be a changemaker? Then this is the hackathon for you!
Location – AMDC Building Swinburne

VR Hackathon, 23-25 June

VR is all the rage now, so why not join this hack, present your ideas, and get a chance to compete on a global stage! Bring any VR stuff you want, but the theme is health.
Grand Prize – Tickets to China with accommodation for you to compete in the Global VR Hackathon
Location – DreamFactory
DetailsMelbourne VR Hackathon

#SheHacks, 14-16 July

The “Girl’s Only” hackathon, run by Girl Geek Academy aims to be the largest girl’s hackathon in the world. This is the 3rd year so come long, meet other like-minded women and share a cuppa while you hack at the world’s problems.
Grand Prize – TBC
Location – DreamFactory

GovHack, 28-30 July

Running in both Australia and New Zealand this year… and it doesn’t clash with UNIHACK! What more could you ask for?
Location – TBC

UNIHACK, 5-6 August

Dubbed the Imagination Hackathon, UNIHACK is a more tradition-style, 24-hour, coding hackathon. Make whatever you like… as long as it works!
Location – Monash Business School, Collins St

#breakinglaw, 5-6 August

Only open to Melbourne University students, but this is your chance to break the law. Whether you’re a coder, business person, dev, analyst or more, if you’ve got what it takes to change our society, now’s your chance.
Grand Prize – $5K
Location – Melbourne Law School

Peninsula Hack, 11-13 August

Travel down to the Mornington Peninsula and change the world! The theme is the future of work, so come down and hack out your future.
Grand Prize – $3K
Location – Frankston Foundry

Future Workplace, 4-5 September

Everyone’s talking about the future of work and the workplace… will there even be a workplace? Come and hack out solutions for your workplace.
Grand Prize – $6K
Location – Telstra Innovation Lab
DetailsCoreNet Global Aus Hack

Blockchain Hackathon, 6 September

As part of the Digital Innovation Festival, ConnectHack will be running in Ballarat as a full day blockchain hackathon. How will blockchain be used in the land and property management industry?
Grand Prize – lots to be won
Location – Ballarat

UNCHAIN the Frame, 18 September-15 November

Strap yourself in for a long one, but you can join at anytime! There’s three challenges to choose from and all focus on growing technology.
Grand Prize – over $50K in prizes
Location – Online

Quantify Datathon, 30 Sept-1 Oct

Not into the AFL? Well do something constructive during the long weekend and head to Monash for the university datathon. It’s about turning data into the useful stuff.
Grand Prize – lots to be won
Location – Monash University Caulfield

Melbourne Hackathon, 7-8 October

So there’s the coffee hack, and then there’s beer hack. Come along and join in the best people from access the world and hack out customer and consumer problems. Word on the street is that beer is involved too!
Grand Prize – $10,000
Location – Carlton & United Breweries
DetailsBeer Hack

Hackoffeeton, 13-14 October

We all know tech and coffee go well together, so why not have a hackathon around coffee? How can the coffee industry better use technology?
Location – Eastern Innovation Business Centre

Smart Cities Hackathon, 20-22 October

The Smart Cities hackathon is back for round 2. Use blockchain to develop innovative solutions with IoT, big data and more to solve big city problems.
Grand Prize – Cash prizes!
Location – RMIT University
DetailsSmart Cities Hack

SME Hackathon, 27-29 October

It’s data sharing time. The winners get the chance to go to Singapore to pitch their idea. The theme is centred around FinTech. Definitely get involved if you’re in the finance sector. Two great challenges to choose from and fantastic prizes.
Grand Prize – $5K
Location – TBA

Mo Hacks, 11 November

Hack men’s health and stop men dying too young. Get in the Movember groove with this awesome hackathon.
Location – Inspire9 Footscray
DetailsMo Hacks 2017

#DataDriven Hackathon, 18-19 November

It’s all about the data. Come along and hack out your data. Powered by Keboola this oen is a must for data scientists, analysts, and visualisation designers.
Location – REA Group HQ

TOM Makerthon, 1-3 December

Work with Change Makers and Need Knowers to develop solutions that really help people. See your idea come to life in a matter of hours and watch someone walk away with a new tool to help them in their everyday lives. It’s the makerthon for people with disabilities and you can make a difference!
Location – Swinburne University of Technology
DetailsTikkun Olam Makers

Women in Engineering Hack, 2-3 December

We’re teaching girls how to hack! MUEEC and Robogals combine to teach young girls to core concepts behind engineering. If you work at a school or work with years 10 and 11 girls, sign them up now.
Location – Melbourne University, 333 Exhibition Street
Details – SuperHack

Master the Mainframe, ON RIGHT NOW!

If you’re a student, this one’s for you. It’s virtual, it’s online, and there are so many amazing prizes to be won. Be part of something big and put yourself to the test.
Grand Prize – over $75K in prizes
Location – Online
DetailsMaster the Mainframe