New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience

  • University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)
  • 409 Hunter Street , Newcastle, NSW 2300
  • May 10, 2019, 05:00 pm
  • Posted May 11, 2019 08:53 am

Event Overview

New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience

New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience will bring together multidisciplinary minds to explore the solutions around the 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.


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 are severe and our global community’s resilience can lead the world to act on these global issues.

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.


  • Enhancing city and community resilience frameworks (improving city and community preparedness)
  • Reducing critical infrastructure disruptions
  • Improving information management and sharing


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

Runner-Up Tech Solution
$2,000 cash

Rising Star Award
$500 cash



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 - 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: idea development and execution commences

8am Breakfast

1pm Lunch

4pm Hack closes: All final projects must be submitted. 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 sell your ideas.


UON is proud to be able to bring this event alongside CIFAL Newcastle.


Hunter Water


I2N is pleased to bring you this event as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival.


What is I2N?

The University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)fuels the success of innovators and entrepreneurs to build great businesses by connecting them with community, coaching, customers and capital. We do this through a range of programs across our I2N Hubs at Hunter Street, Williamtown, Muswellbrook and Honeysuckle (opening 2020).

Program Partner

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


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When & Where

  • From: May 10, 2019, 05:00 pm
  • To: May 11, 2019, 08:00 pm
  • Location: X101, NeW Space
    409 Hunter Street , Newcastle, NSW 2300
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Organizer Details

  • Organizer : University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)
  • Website: Organizer's Website