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AngelHack Global Hackathon

Series: Brisbane

May 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM - May 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM

QUT Design Lab, QUT gardens point, level 2 J block, 2 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

A Welcome Note

Over the years we’ve seen teams of coders, designers and entrepreneurs from around the world become Whole Developers, watched as their Thoughts Become Things, and proved that Anyone Can Code. We’ve seen the code commit moment over and over again. The “oh sh*t I hope this works” moment. The moment where you know your hopes and dreams of winning that prize, that spot in the accelerator, that idea validation, are all on the line.


So, for our 10th Global Hackathon Series, we’re asking you to Commit To Your Code, and in turn commit to your project, a global ecosystem, yourself, your team, and your future.


#AH10 is here.


While the land down under may be most famous for its opera house, surfers and cuddly bears, it is also the birthplace of great startups. We are therefore teaming up with the country’s leading startup accelerator, BlueChilli, for all our hackathons in Australia this year. As part of their open innovation program CityConnect, they are searching for innovative smart cities solutions that will transform the way we move, play, work, trade and lead our lives at home.

Challenge & Prizes

Let’s face it, prizes just make hackathons more fun. That’s why each year, we team up with our sponsors to bring you an awesome set of prizes. Drumroll please:


Grand Prize: An exclusive invite to our HACKcelerator

A 12-week Curriculum to turn your hackathon idea into a startup reality
A diverse network of both local and global mentors
Weekly guest speakers
A chance to fly to Silicon Valley for our Annual Global Demo Day and participate in a week of extensive pitch training!


Amazon Web Services

Prize: $200 in AWS Credits per person through AWS activate.

Link: https://pages.awscloud.com/hack17angel.html


CityConnect & BlueChilli

 Our cities are changing. From transportation to work to play, the places where we spend the most time are evolving each and every day. What would you like to see from your future city? What if we took this weekend to build it?


As part of the CityConnect accelerator program, BlueChilli is looking for ground-breaking ideas that will solve an urban challenges (for example in transport, housing, or the way we work or trade).



  • $2000 cash prize.
  • Rocket ship entry to proceed directly into the CityConnect bootcamp, exclusive to up to 30 top candidates of the program’s 500+ applicants. After the intense two-week validation bootcamp 10 out of the 30 participants will be selected for a $100,000 investment and invited to join a world class 6-month accelerator program

The Tech Challenge

Want to just build something amazing? The judges will determine one team who has built out the coolest, sweetest tech at the hack and award them the Tech Challenge Prize.


Prize: $2000


The BlueChilli Experience

As Australia’s leading accelerator we know A LOT. We live and breathe startups and entrepreneurship every single day. Whether it is general business advice, marketing, developing products, design work, pitch coaching, preparing startups for investment. We do it all!


For the most inspiring idea at the hackathon we therefore offer our expertise – split amongst your team, we will offer you up to a day shadowing our team and speaking to experts and/or attending our in-house workshops. Come and ask us anything and we will mentor and advise. We have also teamed up with Brisbane’s new hot co-working space, Valley Iconic, and as part of this prize you will also be offered 3 months free desk space at their amazing office, which includes a rooftop bar



Sphero devices are made to be hacked! There are infinite possibilities to do be done with the Sphero SPRK+. Attendees will have access to devices during the hackathon and we invite you to work on any solution that unleashes the power of the robotic ball.



  • Sphero SPRK+
  • Present your idea to one of Sphero’s co-founders Ian Bernstein or Adam Wilson


Teams can win multiple prizes. This prize can for example be combined with the BlueChilli “Tech Challenge” to add another $2000 prize to the winner.



Prize: The Grand Prize Winning Team will Receive 3 months of access to the Ubidots IoT Lab Platform.
Link: https://ubidots.com/business




The HoloLens Experience


Come and experience Microsoft’s revolutionary HoloLens! A team with an amazing tech build in Unity gets to experience the HoloLens at the Microsoft QLD office.


At the hackathon teams can win multiple prizes. This prize can for example be combined with the BlueChilli “Tech Challenge” to add another $2000 prize to the winner.

Why AngelHack?

By hacking at an AngelHack hackathon, you are joining our global community of over 120,000 developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are committed better the world, their city, themselves, or just simply competing for fun prizes.


All ages, genders, and skill levels are welcome. Come solo or in a team of up to five, and spend the weekend learning new skills, meeting your local tech community and tech sponsors, enjoying free food, and more.

Commit To Your Cause

Code For A Cause is welcoming nonprofits worldwide to join us at our 10th Global Hackathon Series, to inspire our global community to leverage their skills for good and give back to their local communities.


We’ll be rolling out the AngelHack-red carpet for nonprofits at each and every event, all we ask in return is that the nonprofits create a challenge to inspire our hackers! To nominate your nonprofit, please fill out this form. Selections will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Day 1

9:00 AM : Doors Open & Breakfast
10:30 AM : Opening Ceremony & Sponsor Welcomes
12:00 PM : Coding Kick Off
1:00 PM : Lunch
2:00 PM : Sponsor Breakout Sessions
7:00 PM : Dinner
7:30 PM : Screening of Seed
10:00 PM : Pitch Workshop
12:00 AM : Create project profile on hackathon.io, final submission due 1:00 PM, Day 2

Day 2

8:00 AM : Breakfast
12:00 PM : Lunch
1:00 PM : Code Freeze & Submission Deadline on hackathon.io
1:30 PM : A/V Check
2:00 PM : Demos
4:00 PM : Winners are Announced / Prizes!

Hackathon Rules:

We know some rules are meant to be broken, but you should probably (read: definitely) stick by these:


1.Fresh Code
We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. No one is allowed to come in and build on top of previous projects. It’s cool to work on designs beforehand, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone, but keep things within fair limits.

2. Code Review
Winning teams may be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning. This is to ensure that all code used is in fact fresh.

3. Ownership and IP
Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.

4. Team Size
No more than five people.

5. Submissions
Each hackathon has its individual hackathon.io page where projects will be submitted. Instructions will arrive in your inbox during the hackathon, and will be gone over during the event.

6. DEMO your Hack
You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks or Powerpoints will be allowed. Two minute presentation and one minute Q&A from Judges.


Be cool to your fellow hackers! Check out the Code of Conduct if you need help knowing what that means 😉


What should I build?
Depends on what challenge (or how many) you’re going after! Study the challenges and use those as your guideposts. Try to build a hack that people can use, enjoy, and you can scale. Most importantly, have fun with it and try to finish on time. We know you can only do so much in 24 hours, so it’s ok if your project is not perfect (yet).


Who can attend?
Anyone and everyone! Our attendees typically consist of junior developers looking to improve their skills, senior developers looking to expand their horizons, students, designers of all skill-sets, and serious entrepreneurs that can add value to teams. Bring your idea and let’s go!


Are there travel stipends?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel stipends for our Global Series.


In this day and age of #selfies and #squad photos, it’s likely that photos and/or video will be taken at the event. By entering the venue, you’re giving us the OK to snap photos and post to social media.

For more info, don’t hesitate to visit our website www.angelhack.com or hit us up at info@angelhack.com.


How is the hackathon judged?
Let’s be honest, y’all can do better than powerpoints. Which is why we rock with live DEMOS only! You use a powerpoint, you won’t win. To win an AngelHack hackathon, you will have to demo your product for at least 30 seconds, but don’t worry if your project is still not 100% perfected. Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Fundability: How fundable is this idea? Is there potential for a sustainable business model?
  • Execution: How well did the team execute and explain their problem? Did they demo a working solution?
  • UI/UX: Beyond design, have they thought through the end-to-end user experience for their solution?
  • Originality: How original, creative or unique is this idea?
  • Scalability: How scalable is this solution? Will it make an impact?

Photography & Videography

In this day and age of #selfies and #squad photos, it’s likely that photos and/or video will be taken at the event. By entering the venue, you’re giving us the OK to snap photos and post to social media.


For more info, don’t hesitate to visit our website www.angelhack.com or hit us up at info@angelhack.com.


Gerard Doyle

Head of Strategy & Innovation, iProspect

Johanna Pitman

Program Director, CityConnect at BlueChilli

Peter Laurie

Director at Junta Pty Ltd

Steven Cooper

CTO at Sniip


Maxime Cattet

Founding Team at Krak Skateboarding, Inc

Zac Fitz-Walter

Gamification Consulting & App Development

Marius Ursache


Tommy Ekman

Program Coordinator at BlueChilli Group

Mario L Garridon

Head of Brand, Engagement and Marketing

Michelle Mannering

Hackathon Queen


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