Calling all Australians and New Zealanders
Bring your openness to new ideas, creative mindset, experience and talents
Connecting up the innovation ecosystems to address our complex challenges whether you're from a start-up, industry or defence
If you are motivated to build a product or startup that serves the national interest then join the ANZDF Hack
"When times are tough, Australians and New Zealanders have always relied on the distinctive qualities of mateship, humour, ingenuity, courage and endurance to get us through. Known as the ANZAC Spirit, these five qualities have defined Australians and New Zealanders ever since the first troops landed on the beaches of Gallipoli in World War I.
In the current climate, we’re reminding Australians and New Zealanders that we all bear these qualities within us, ready to come to the fore when we need them"
Join us virtually for two and a half days for the first Defence led, Industry Trans-Tasman hackathon.
Day 1. Form Teams & Share Ideas
Review the challenges, pitch your ideas and finalise your team. Navigate your way around and become familiar with the online workspace.
Day 2. Design & Build
Design, build and validate a proof of concept (model, MVP or prototype) using startup-inspired methods.
Day 3. Refine & Present
Refine your proof of concept, create a video pitch or presentation and submit it to the judging panel.
National industry supply chains underpin our ability to mobilise and quickly respond to crisis or threat.
Global shocks to supply chains (e.g. Covid-19) reveal dependencies and challenges in sustained response.
All crises (e.g. bushfires, earthquakes and floods) require greater whole-of-nation coordination and decision support to optimally mobilise resources
Sovereign industry capability builds on transparency of existing supply chains and policy support.
Activating innovation ecosystems ingenuity can bring startup agility to industry and Defence supply resilience.
How might Australia and New Zealand build self-reliant Industry supply chains that impact sovereign resilience and defence capability?
Challenge themes are under co-design between Defence and Industry subject matter experts for release ahead of the Hackathon.
Problem statements within themes explore complexity between manufacturing revival; supply chain management and logistics optimisation; infrastructure, economic and natural resources; enabling policies; enabling technologies.
Enabling technologies consider the application of Defence technology priorities. These include trusted autonomous vehicles; integrated Intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance; advanced sensors, hypersonics and directed energy capabilities; blockchain and smart contracts; secure cyber; space satellite constellations; quantum technologies; multidisciplinary material science and enhanced human performance.
Enabling policies consider application of sovereign industrial capability; global supply chains; Defence exports; agile contracting and procurement models; research, development and innovation incentives; foreign relations, investment and trade; and STEM education policy.
More challenge clues to come
What to expect
IDEATE & COLLABORATE
You’ll be mentored by experts, learn new techniques, collaborate with others and pitch your ideas to top Defence and Industry professionals.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Work together in teams of diverse backgrounds, industries and skill sets to solve national problems of Trans-Tasman Impact.
Gain valuable experience to add to your resume and LinkedIn profile. Expose your talent to high profile defence collaborators and industry professionals who are looking for your help and contribution.
Prize money and prizes will be announced for submission tiers. Most importantly, shortlisted concepts will be offered inside pathways for further development and funding of their idea in Defence and Industry sectors.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What is a hackathon, or hack?
Who can attend?
Who is organising this hack?
What skills are needed?
In fact all Australian and New Zealand citizens with a creative mindset and fresh ideas can participate.
What happens after I register?
What support is available during the event?
How are teams formed?
I ran a startup or small business, what is in it for me?
ANZDF Hack is open to Australians or New Zealanders, or their organisations to participate. Our organisers and mentors have run a variety of hackathons and similar events with a diverse set of designers, technologists, engineers, scientists, software developers, hardware developers, coders, product designers, lawyers and marketers.
Does this cost money to participate?
No, the event is free. The event is finaced entirely by the collaboration of the partners listed.
What size can a team be?
Teams can be up to 8 people and a minimum of 2 people. No submissions will be counted for individual competitors.
Do I have to compete?
No, however we do encourage you to take the chance, because there’s nothing to lose. Everyone has a chance to win and contribute to build Australian and New Zealand self-reliance to be ready for the next supply shock (COVID-19, Bushfires, Floods,) for the community. Whether you are a hacker or first-timer.
What if I don’t have a team?
What if I don’t have an idea?
That’s normal. Most people don’t have an idea before they get to the event. But once you join the event, review the challenges and start talking to other people, you might come up with something. You can also work with somebody else on their idea if you like it.
What am I expected to produce?
Outputs from a Hackathon submitted in support of a competitive entry may include: a video presentation, prototype, Minimal Viable Product (MVP) demonstration such as a website, business model canvas, a concept validated by market pre-sales, market research, white paper, model, or software applications.