Australia’s Bush Hack

April 29 – May 1, 2016

Bega Valley NSW

Hackagong Bega is an independently-run satellite event as part of the Bega Valley Regional Innovation Week


Jack is a website and business development manager living in Wollongong. His current project is a building industry, e-commerce startup based in the Far South Coast.

Annie Harper is a CG artist who deviated into programming and depth cameras while working at Intel. She’s an all around generalist and loves tech that plays with perception.

Sasha is an entrepreneur with a passion for innovation that has taken him around the globe pursuing the biggest and best ideas. He’s highly technical, business-oriented and a major advocate of decentralised approaches.

Brennan Hatton is a global ambitious adventurer looking for the best way to better the world. From Wollongong, Australia, to Silicon Valley, California. He climbs mountains, teaches kids to make games, builds communities, software tools and AR/VR applications.

Nathan is a futurist, entrepreneur and consultant. Founder of Hackagong which is Australia’s largest independent hackathon. Hackagong 2015 attracted 160 competitors across 48 teams, competing for $100,000 of prizes over 10 competitions.

He also organises SydEthereum, a regular Sydney meetup for the Ethereum blockchain platform.

And countless other projects/startups including the GongStartups Facebook group, daily Snapchat stories via @futawe discussing new technologies and future ideas, a real estate property lead generation startup, a messaging platform for professional services, and hosts weekly livestream Blabs discussing the future and innovation cultures.


Jump on the hackabus and journey south to the beautiful, pristine natural landscapes and beaches of the Sapphire Coast

Awesome Makers

Hangout with some of the most awesome makers, creators and entrepreneurs you’ll ever meet on the east coast of Australia

Food & Fun

Free food and drinks for the entire weekend. Night-time shenanigans might include a few trips to the nearby pub and a beach rave or two :p


The “Adventurer Package” includes entry, hackabus from Sydney & nearby campsite booking (powered, showers etc). Just bring a tent!


Bus departs Sydney

Begin the hack

07:30 AM

Bus departs Wollongong

09:30 AM

Lunch in Batemans Bay

12:30 PM

Bus arrives in Merimbula

02:30 PM

Setup camp & chill

02:45 PM

Keynote 1

by Max Kaye

Cofounder of

03:05 PM

Keynote 2

by Ed Husic

Federal Labor MP Innovation Spokesperson

03:20 PM


06:00 PM

Campsite shenanigans

07:00 PM

Hack, make & mash

09:00 AM


12:00 PM

StartUp Camp begins

Join in or do your own thing

02:30 PM

Keynote 1

by Dr Sarah Pearson

Head of Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN)

03:05 PM

Keynote 2

by Aidan Coleman

CEO of Bega Cheese

03:30 PM


06:00 PM

Beach shenanigans

10:00 PM

Back to hacking

09:00 AM


12:00 PM

Judging & final presentations

01:00 PM

Winners announced

02:30 PM

Bus departs Merimbula

03:00 PM

Bus drop-off Wollongong

07:30 PM

Bus drop-off Sydney

09:30 PM


Tween Waters Holiday Park

“Adventurer Package” Campsite

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Wandarrah Lodge

From $55 per night

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Black Dolphin Resort

From $90 per night

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  • Entry
  • Free Food

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  • Entry
  • Free Food
  • Bus from Sydney/Wollongong
  • Campsite Booking

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  • Entry
  • Free Food

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What’s provided?

Food is included for the entire weekend. Abundant wifi internet and power. If you’re camping with us, this year the campsite is separate to the hackathon but nearby; fully powered with showers and ammenities.

What do I need to bring?

Laptop + charger + internet dongle/tethering for the bus trip. Clothes, towel, toothbrush, deodorant. Money for any incidentals. Camping? Bring a tent & sleeping gear. If you don’t already have a tent they’re pretty cheap at Kmart.

What will the weekend involve?

This year is an experiment. So the weekend will be somewhat like a regular hackathon competition where you make a project/startup from scratch, but mixed with a lot more fun, adventure, camping and shenanigans.

Do I have to catch the bus or camp?

Nope, but it’s cheaper ($95 total) for the entry ticket + bus + campsite booking. The bus will stop at Sydney, Wollongong and Batemans Bay. Feel free to drive down or arrange alternative accommodation.


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