We are Sydney's premier student hackathon - run for students, by students from Sydney Uni IT Society (SUITS).

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 SUITS, the IT student society at The University of Sydney.


  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.


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.


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.

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$11,000 in prizes

UNIHACK First Prize

[See official judging criteria]
Winner: 1 team.
Reward: $3000 in cash prize + $1000 voucher to any of Academy Xi’s courses + Jetbrains free one-year personal annual subscription to a JetBrains IDE

UNIHACK Second Prize

[See official judging criteria]
Winner: 1 team.
Reward: $1500 in cash prize + AcademyXi 1 bootcamp acesss

UNIHACK Third Prize

[See official judging criteria]
Winner: 1 team.
Reward: $800 in cash prize.

UNIHACK Best Design

Best overall product design. Does the hack solve the user’s problem effectively, provide a seamless experience and exhibit great design through the medium chosen (visual, industrial or otherwise)? Adobe Creative Cloud Subscriptions (Provided by Adobe).

ThoughtWorks Prize for Team Collaboration

We will be looking for the team that works together and collaborates effectively to achieve their goals. Communication, listening and feedback is the key to a successful team.

$100 EB Games Gift Card per team member

Microsoft Choice Award For Most Innovative Solution On Azure

Students can win a full day workshops with Microsoft Australia directors in the area of their own choosing. This can be to help you continue building a technology solution, or assist in commercialising.

Most Elegant Algorithm Award Sponsored By Imc Pacific

Awarded to the project demonstrates a solution to a complex problem which is simple elegant (encompasses speed, economy and beauty) and effective. A IMC Raspberry Pi for each member.

Best use of Accenture API

Awarded to the project that demonstrates the best implementation of the Accenture-provided APIs. GoPro HERO Session Action Video Camera.

Social and Financial Wellbeing Prize Sponsored By Commonwealth Bank

Awarded to the project that harnesses innovation to improve social outcomes and financial well being. Mentoring with CommBank

UNIHACK Most Explosive Prize

Awarded to the team that blows the UNIHACK organising committee away with their amazing product! The reward is a surprise.

UNIHACK Global Citizen Prize

Awarded to the team with the solution that promotes connectivity, or solves a cross-border, international problem. Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Xiaomi 10,000mAh Portable Battery ($35) for each team member (Provided by Ed)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Please make sure your team creates a submission by 5pm on Saturday 19 August to be eligible for any prizes. All you will need at that stage is a team name, your members added and a oneliner about what your project is.


Susan Shi

Susan Shi
Executive Director, Vibewire

Aharon Rossano

Aharon Rossano
Advanced App Engineering Manager, Accenture

Kirstin Sillitoe

Kirstin Sillitoe
Team Lead, on site at Google's Creative Lab, via Xpand

Judging Criteria

  • Originality [20 pts]
    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?
  • Polish and Design [20 pts]
    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!
  • Technical Difficulty [30 pts]
    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?
  • Usefulness [20 pts]
    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.

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