We are Australia's premier student hackathon!

Teams have roughly 48 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.

It will be a virtually hosted event open to all AU/NZ students.

Detailed info @ https://unihack.net


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 public link to your repository
  3. Images and/or screenshots of your project
  4. A video that features your pitch and demonstration of your project in action

Your video and link to the repository must be accessible between the judging period.

Whilst optional, we strongly suggest having a live working copy of your hackathon project available during the judging period, allowing the judges to actually visit and try the app for themselves. It will only need to be up during the judging period. Afterwards, you can tear it down again.

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.

Need help? Read our page on how to submit to UNIHACK 2022!


You are required to produce a video for of your project. This video will be considered as your pitch to the judges and must:

  • be three minutes maximum; and
  • include a demonstration of your hackathon project (i.e. it cannot solely be a video with you talking to slides).

If your video is longer than the maximum allocated time, then judges will stop watching your video after the first three minutes.

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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$34,900 in prizes





Best Design

Awarded to the most usable and best looking user interface.

Most Creative Idea

The project that has the most original idea or reinvention.

Local Impact Prize

The best idea that addresses an issue in your local community.

The First Timers' Prize

The best project created by first-time hackathon participants.

To be eligible, at least 50% of your team must have not attended a hackathon.

People's Choice Award

The project that wins the hearts and votes of the people.

Most Entertaining Pitch

Can you summarise your pitch in in three minutes - whilst also being engaging and entertaining?

Best Global Social Impact Hack (Atlassian)

The best idea that addresses one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals or another global issue in our society today.

Most Scalable Hack (Bukalapak)

Do you have a big dream? Are you someone who likes to think large? The most scalable hack will be awarded to the team that is able to roll out their idea on scale in a big kind of way! This could be via streamlining, outsourcing, automation, or speed!

Most Innovative Hack (Bosch)

We’re on the hunt of the most innovative hack which strives to spark enthusiasm, improves quality of life, and helps to conserve natural resources whilst through an honest and fair approach.

Food Waste Warrior Prize (Fresho)

There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone. One third of all food produced is wasted. Food waste is the third biggest contributor to climate change.

Food waste occurs at all levels of the food supply chain:
- Overproduction and transport losses by producers
- Overpurchasing and spoilage for distributors and retailers
- Finally at the household and venue level.

The prize goes to the team that can create an application or service that attempts to solve the problem of wastage of food at any point in the food supply chain.

Engineering Excellence Prize (Macquarie Bank)

Engineers, we want to see you innovate in solving problems and demonstrate passion in the way you create and deliver your solution.

Commit to Greatness Prize (Tyro)

We think big, move fast and dare to be different. We're always asking "what's next?". We're looking for the most innovative idea, that dares to be extraordinary

Creative Pitch Prize (PwC)

We are looking for the most compelling and quality pitch! Tell us your story, sell your idea to us and don't be afraid to get creative and incorporate other digital tools and technology!

Data Analytics Prize (PwC)

Calling all data lovers! We are looking for compelling insights derived from data. Incorporate data analytics and visualisation incorporated as part of your final solution and as part of the pitch.

The Customer Experience Award (Zendesk)

Awarded to the team who delivers the project that has the best customer experience for its users.

Best Use of Twilio

For the hack that best makes use of the Twilio API

Ig UNIHACK Prize (from UNIHACK Alumni)

This is a satiric prize awarded to unusual or trivial hacks, the aim being to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.”

Judged by anonymous generous UNIHACK benefactors.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Polish, Design, and Execution
    What does the project look like? Is it intuitive, aesthetically pleasing, and accessible? And most importantly, does it actually work?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Does the hack look technically interesting or challenging? Is it simply putting a pretty frontend on an existing API or does it do something more?
  • Originality and Creativity
    How unique is the hack? Does it solve a new problem, or have a new take on an existing problem?
  • Wow Factor
    Does it spark joy? Would this be something you use and show to your friends? Yes, this is totally subjective. But that’s what makes it fun.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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