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University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)


X101, NeW Space

409 Hunter Street , Newcastle, NSW 2300

Newcastle, NSW, AU, 2300

Augmented and Virtual Reality

New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience 2019 will bring together multidisciplinary minds to explore the solutions around identification of disasters and mitigating risk to build a sustainable world. Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.


Disasters often follow natural hazards. A disaster’s severity depends on how much impact a hazard has on society and the environment. The scale of the impact in turn depends on the choices we make for our lives and for our environment.

These choices relate to how we grow our food, where and how we build our homes, what kind of government we have, how our financial system works and even what we teach in schools. Each decision and action makes us more vulnerable to disasters – or more resilient to them.

Disaster resilience is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disasters. Whether natural or societal caused, disasters disasters are severe and our global community’s resilience can lead the world to act on this global issues.


Challenges coming soon!


  1. Best Tech Solution – $3,000 cash and a 3-month residency at I2N Hub Hunter Street with specialist mentorship, valued at up to $4,620

  2. Runner-Up Tech Solution $2,000 cash

  3. Rising Star Award $500 cash



Meet at New Space in Room X101

5:30pm – Registration: Check in, grab some food and meet some of the other hackathon participants.

6:15pm – Disaster Resilience Panel: Learn from local domain experts as they talk about the challenges within the sector.

6:30pm – Event Info: We’ll go over the event schedule, logistics, datasets and rules. Mentors and domain experts will be introduced.

7pm – Dinner

8pm – Team pitches and formation: Registered without a team? First time to a hackathon? Never fear! This is the opportunity for people with ideas to pitch (2mins) to secure teammates that fill skill gaps.

9pm – Ideation workshop: If your team is sorted but you haven’t settled on an idea to develop, this workshop will help your figure out a focus.

10pm – WTF is DevPost and Slack Workshop

11pm – Registration closes: Hackathon teams must register their team name and individual team members via DevPost.



New Space, Room X101

7am Venue reopens: coding, design and development recommences

8am Breakfast

1pm Lunch

4pm Hack closes: All final projects must be submitted to the Hackathon GitHub and DevPost page. No updates can be made past this time. Then it’s time to prepare your pitch.

5pm Pitches: Teams have 5 minutes to pitch their solution to the judging panel.

6pm Dinner: Time to relax and enjoy a feed after a long day of hacking.

7pm Winners announced: Prizes for the top three teams are announced.

8pm Event close: Get some well-deserved rest knowing you’ve expanded your network and skillset.



Innovation: full improvement to full breakthrough.

Solution fit: Is there a real problem? Is your solution really going to solve it?

Feasibility How likely is the project to work and be accepted by the market/community?

Prototype: What progress has the team achieved during the hack and how functional is the project?

Pitch: In the end, everything comes down to how well you can see your ideas.


UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program.