Industry Inspired. Defence Led. Trans-Tasman.

Build self-reliant industry supply chains

Virtual Hackathon 15-17 May, 2020

Begins Friday 7pm Sydney AEST, 9pm NZT

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.

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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. 

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Day 2. Design & Build

Design, build and validate a proof of concept (model, MVP or prototype) using startup-inspired methods.

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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


You’ll be mentored by experts, learn new techniques, collaborate with others and pitch your ideas to top Defence and Industry professionals.


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?

A hackathon is not anything illegal and has nothing to do with breaking into computer systems. A hackathon (hack = solving a complex problem) (athon = marathon) is an intense sprint-style experience in which software developers, interface designers, technologists and product experts come together to rapidly develop software or hardware projects. Typically the goal of a hackathon is to have a proof of concept, or working hardware/software ready to demonstrate at the event. It usually has a specific focus such as developing software on a specific platform or API, or helping solve problems for a specific demographic or cause, such as #flatternthecurve hack where 2700 participants worked together to combat covid19 pandemic. Hackathons are defined by the intensity of experience and most often the events are technology focussed. However for this event we encourage participation by anyone with a creative mindset and intent to generate solutions for Australia and New Zealand manufacturing revival and supply chain resilience.

Who can attend?

Australians and New Zealanders with a creative mindset and fresh ideas are encouraged to participate. This is a hackathon in the national interests of Australia and New Zealand. If you’re reading this, and you have these interests at heart, you can attend. This includes those who have never been to a hackathon before. You do not need to be an expert to participate, and the people at the event are friendly. There are mentors available to support you.

Who is organising this hack?

This hack is a collaboration between Australian and New Zealand Defence Force, Government and Industry partners with Australian Computer Society (ACS) as execution partner. ACS will organise the Hackathon following the model and success of the recent hack to investigate responses to COVID-19 called #flattenthecurvehack. Recent Covid-19 Hackathons have considered the shock to medical supply chains. This hackathon extends those efforts and the need to be self-reliant for all essential supplies in turn aligned to Sovereign Industrial capability in each nation.

What skills are needed?

Individuals and teams with skills in business, data science, design, and product design, as well as subject matter experts are all welcome to collaborate. All disciplines and trades are welcome for diversity of input to improve quality and probability of game-changing submissions.
In fact all Australian and New Zealand citizens with a creative mindset and fresh ideas can participate.

What happens after I register?

Pending approval, we will send you an email with joining instructions, including further details on the workspace, how to create a team and begin your journey.

What support is available during the event?

ANZDF Hack organise, lead mentors, and mentors with hackathon experience will facilitate teams to maximise their hackathon experience. This includes helping match participants to team and skills, debug code, ideate, introduce to the resources and tools, and effectively present their solution.

How are teams formed?

Individuals discuss ideas, share their abilities and skills, then join an existing team or find people in the platform channels to build a new one. In previous event, some successful teams voting on their favourite challenge problem, generate potential solutions and tested these before picking the best option to take forward. If you don’t have a team, mentors or organisers will be on hand to assist matching.

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. Previous participating organisations have included start-ups and microbusiness, consultants, small to medium business and their representative industry associations. These organisations provide the pathfinding and networking required to assist you to become part of the wider defence innovation ecosystem. Subject matter experts from defence and industry will apply their inside knowledge to the proposals you provide and link them to opportunities in defence and defence industry.

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. Feel free to register yourself to be a volunteer or mentor at the registration page.

What if I don’t have a team?

Not to worry. Everybody’s very friendly. A lot of people go to hackathons without teams. So it’s perfectly normal to go around to people, tell them you’re looking for a team, and ask if you can help out. To find someone with a particular skill set to join your team, check out #find_a_skill. To join an existing team or build a new one, check out #find_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.

Where and when does the event start and finish?

After you sign up you will be invited via email to our event online collaborative space. The virtual hackathon begins 7.00 pm Friday AEST Sydney time or 9pm New Zealand time (15th May) and concludes 7.00 pm Sunday (17th May)

#Shockproof ANZDF Hack
Proudly Supported By
Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces
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Defence Force Innovation Units
Government Partners
State Government Partners
Defence Industry Partners
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Industry Partners
Media Partners
Technology Partners
Science and Research Partners
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Veterans Associations
Hackathon Executed by
Ingenuity of the ANZAC spirit, inspires the Trans-Tasman innovation that we need now.

ANZDF Virtual Hackathon, 15-17 May, 2020