We believe true breakthrough innovations and creative solutions to our global problems occur when vastly different people, technology, ideas and skills are mashed together. Our events & initiatives aim to curate fun serendipity via the juxtaposition of ideas across the spectrum of all disciplines.
Regional communities face many unique problems around local employment opportunities, ageing populations and skill shortages. We help these regional areas to ignite a grassroots culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by mixing diverse local and outside talent with the latest technology.
Our society is structured in a way that isolates people, their skills, knowledge and ideas into industry silos where only incremental innovation can occur. Since 2012 we’ve taken a truly multidisciplinary, generalist approach to help s/mash these silos and cross-pollinate ideas.
The cathedral-like, hierarchical nature of our education systems, government institutions and corporate workplaces tends to stifle innovation and increase risk-aversion. Hackagong is bottom-up, decentralised and experimental to enable people and organisations to play without fear of failure.
Businesses and organisations struggle to generate innovative ideas or creative solutions to their problems. The traditional hackathon solves this but most projects are immediately abandoned. We facilitate commercial partnerships to enable more projects to have an ongoing positive impact.
Hackagong was originally created in 2012 with the goal of bringing together the physically segregated arts and IT students at the University of Wollongong. We wanted to change the stereotypical culture clash between these groups to spark new ideas and unexpected creativity.
Too often hackathons and innovation initiatives become hyper-competitive to the detriment of the wider community, particularly in regions with smaller populations. Our strategies focus on open, collaborative ecosystem development with ongoing impact over one-off events.
Hackagong has 5+ years of experience and learnings from 30+ events. With new niche hackathons sprouting weekly, we’re leading the way by experimenting with novel formats, encouraging much more multidisciplinary input, and ensuring projects continue to have an impact post-event.
Australia’s bush hackBega, May 2016
Pitches + Hackagong showcaseWollongong, Sep 2015
inc Australia’s 1st VR competitionWollongong, Sep 2015
Pure 3D printing competitionWollongong, Aug 2015
inc Australia’s 1st AR competitionWollongong, Nov 2014
Apps for UOW studentsWollongong, Sep 2013
Expo at WIN Entertainment CentreWollongong, Jul 2013
inc Australia’s 1st 3D printing competitionWollongong, Jul 2013
Australia’s 1st multidisciplinary hackathonWollongong, Nov 2012
200+ visitors @ Regent Theatre#BlenderFestival
160 competitors across 49 teams
$150,000 in prizesWinner: The Locationiser (LIDAR)
50 competitors across 16 teams
$3000 in 3D printer prizesMini hackathon experiment
150 competitors across 45 teams
$100,000 in prizes
27 competitors across 7 teams
$10,000 in prizesMini hackathon experiment
500+ visitors @ WIN Entertainment Centre
50+ Hackagong teams & local startups#IllawarraDigital Expo
100 competitors across 34 teams
$32,000 in prizesWinner: Peereo (education platform)
90 competitors across 27 teams
$10,000 in prizesWinner: Giftling (crowdfunding for gifts)
DIY screening tool for bacteria and viruses
Currently being refined and commercialisedHackagong 2015
Second-hand startup marketplace (4000+ listings)
Extensive media coverage (HuffingtonPost, TechFeed +)Hackagong 2013
$100,000+ raised on the gifting platform
Used by KidzWish Foundation & Australian GreensHackagong 2012