Congratulations to the 2016 HackingHealthTech Hackathon Winners!

1ST PLACE WINNER - $1500 cash/$120,000 IBM Service credits - AnxietyBand

WINNER - "Got Potential" Award - HackMyFridge

WINNER -"Smells like TEAM Spirit" Award  ($500) - OpenArms - OpenSource prosthetics


Till then, keep the conversation going on Twitter at #HHT16UoN and keep us updated.

Event Overview

In an era of Connectedness, we still face rising tides of loneliness, need for authentic connection through our life course and the challenge of preserving vitality. Clinicians, Carers, Consumers and Policymakers are navigating their way through the maze of technology changes + challenges, but need help sorting signal from noise, fact from fiction, progression from stasis and decay.

Our Hackathon experience at the University of Newcastle will give early career exposure and cross-disciplinary design experiences to ICT, Design, Business and Health students, informed and shaped by experienced clinicians, consumers and carers on contemporary healthcare issues. Their challenge, over 54hrs, will be to design + develop 1st generation technical prototypes to address a healthcare problem with targeted use of contemporary technology. In doing so, our event attendees will develop a strong working understanding of the challenges, constraints and possibilities in an intensive crucible of health+tech curiosity. We're also inviting remote interaction with our teams, asking you to Pitch, Select and Connect on ideas from 7pm on Fri15Apr2016.

Let's work together to see what can be cooked up with the right ingredients of our 5CFocus: Care, Clinical Skills+Experience, Connectedness, Creativity and Cutting Edge technology. Our event winners will be eligible for a range of cash and in-kind incentives from local companies and Sydney technology incubators, with a prize pool now exceeding $120,000 in value.

An Eventbrite ticket is required from, with event attendee numbers capped at 90 people to fit within our intended venue.

Schedule (Note: Schedule is indicative only until actual event commencement)

6pm* Arrival and event registration
7pm – 7:30pm Welcome and speakers
7:30pm – 9pm Team formation, rules overview and Devpost team registration
* Light food and drinks will be served from 6:30pm – 7.30pm

8am Doors open and hacking begins
9am Mentors arrive and circulate to assist your Hacking focus through the day until 6pm
6pm Mentoring ceases. Hacking progresses at your own teams discretion.

8am Doors open and hacking resumes
9am Mentors arrive and circulate to assist your Hacking + Pitch preparation focus
12-1 pm Lunch
2 pm Submissions close. Pitch Practice commences, with Mentor feedback until 3pm
3pm Pitches and Judging
4pm Winners announced and celebration wrap up by 5pm


Participants: Individuals must be 18yrs of age or older, Team entries may consist of organisations for up to a maximum of 5 people (teams need to be between 2-5people max). Student entries will be required to verify student IDs and be currently enrolled to be eligible for student tickets.

Open to Australian Residents. We will be seeking a broad mix of Clinicians, Carers, Consumers, Coders, UX and Design to ensure optimium team compositions and to allow for remote team interactions. Tag a friend if you think they should be aware and involved


Submission Requirements will be announced on the evening of 15Apr2016 at 730pm.

As a guideline, we will be looking for evidence of:

  1. Market assessment
  2. Need targeted
  3. Market validation
  4. Proof of concept (wireframes/sketches/screen flow) and/or working prototype
  5. Evidence of collaboration activity within the team
  6. API or Framework leverage


Hackathon Sponsors


$123,300 in prizes

IBM Platform Credits

Each of the participating teams will have access to $12,000 worth of service credits available to them during and after the event to explore their concept. For the overall winning team, that boosts by a factor of 10(!) to a $120,000 package of value to give you a massive kick-start for your idea, using any of the IBM Cloud Services explored during the weekend, such as Softlayer or IBM Bluemix MicroServices.

Overall Winner

Overall winning team will receive $1500 Cash prize in recognition of their work to achieve an entry that rates most highly across the published judging criteria, which is an initial cashflow injection to help with startup costs.

Got Potential. BlueChilli incubation platform

For a team that shows strong potential for incubation, Blue Chilli (a Sydney startup incubator and accelerator) will give access to their 99toLaunch online incubation program at to help founders with great ideas grow great businesses This subscription is normally around $1300 in value and will help you focus on what's needed to progress your idea into a venture.

Smells like TEAM Spirit

$500 incentive prize for the team showing best digital evidence of TEAM spirit. TEAM is also the NASDAQ Handle for Atlassian, our prize sponsor. Atlassian's mission is to unleash the potential in every team, with software that helps teams organize, discuss and complete their work. All of their product categories are focused on teams and the work teams do together.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

An Eventbrite ticket is required from, with event attendee numbers capped at 90 people to fit within our intended venue.

We reserve the right to curate the attendee list in order to maximise local entrant opportunities to participate and achieve the best chances of success for regional health needs. If ticket sales reach capacity, we will be actively managing the waitlist.


Brian Hill

Brian Hill
Founder - Laughing Mind

Alexandre Mendes

Alexandre Mendes
University of Newcastle

Tony Burrett

Tony Burrett
COO - Blue Chilli

Judging Criteria

  • Collaboration Transparency
    The teams collaboration efforts are visible in a digital footprint within their chosen collaboration platform, showing how they've used digital tools to shape and build their entry.
  • Population Health Impact
    The entry must address an identified area of population health needs, either at a regional or national level, referenceable from regional health profile statistics.
  • Team Diversity
    Teams need to show evidence of diversity and multi-disciplinarity in their composition.
  • 5C Impact
    The teams entry achieves balance across our 5C Focus: Care, Clinical Competence, Connectedness, Creativity and Cutting Edge technology
  • ChatOps - Bonus Points
    ChatOps refers to the use of Chat tools for putting online conversations to work. Atlassian have a useful ChatOps Maturity guide to give you an idea of stages along the journey at

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