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Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006


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CityHack16 will bring together Brisbane’s most creative and innovative thinkers to cultivate technology solutions to some of our city’s most pressing challenges. Sign up as an individual or form a team of innovators who can think beyond the everyday and register your interest now.

By registering for CityHack16, your registration fees will be supporting Hummingbird House - Queensland's only children's hospice. 

CityHack16 isn't just for coders. Registered teams must contain at least one Software Developer/Coder, but anyone with a technical skillset is welcome to apply - Engineers, Architects, Designers, Business People, Marketers, Urban Planners, Entrepreneurs, Students and many more.

You'll get to keep your ideas from the weekend with open IP across the ideas presented over the weekend.  We'll also be offering prizes to help you develop your idea into a marketable product with the help of some of Brisbane's best incubators! 

At CityHack16, your team will dissect a key city-shaping issue and devise an innovative technological solution to address it. You will be required to produce an app, a piece of software or a virtual or augmented reality tool. At the end of the weekend, you will pitch your idea to a panel of judges to have the opportunity to win a stack of cool prizes!

First Prize is $10,000! Plus there's many other great prizes up for grabs! 

It's just $30 per person to enter CityHack16 and all money raised from the event will be donated to Hummingbird House - Queensland’s only children’s hospice. 

Be quick to register!  Registrations close on Friday 4th November, however, places are limited and registrations will close as soon as places are full. 



What is CityHack16?

Hackathons have long been staple events in the Technology Industry. A Hackathon is an intense event that brings together computer programmers like software developers, graphic designers and user interface specialists along with industry experts and professionals to identify issues and create software solutions. CityHack16 will be a weekend-long competition held from 25-27 November 2016.

Who owns what we develop at the event?

IP for CityHack16 is Public disclosure so you have the right to take your ideas forward and develop them further. 

I’m not a Coder or Software Developer – can I still attend?

Absolutely! Registered teams must contain at least one Software Developer/Coder, but anyone with a technical skillset is welcome to apply - Engineers, Architects, Designers, Students, Business People, Marketers, Urban Planners, Entrepreneurs, in fact anyone with passion and a great idea is welcome! If you don't have a team - register as an individual and form a team on the weekend. 

What should our output be?

A technology solution. Your solution may be an app, website, virtual or augmented reality tool or mixed reality or even something new! You can build in the language and platform of your choice. Your output has to be related to the event topic. Get creative and build something innovative and unique!

Can I get a head start on my hack?

To ensure a level playing field for all participants, all code and assets must be created during the hackathon. Failure to comply with this rule may result in the offending team's disqualification. You are, however, free to make plans, come up with ideas and brainstorm prior to the event.

I don’t have a team, but still wish to come along, can I participate as an individual?

Yes, you can register either as a team or as an individual. Those who register as individuals will be able to form a team with others on the Friday night. Those who register as a team must have at least one coder/software developer in the team. Teams must have between 5 and 8 participants.

I won’t be able to make it for the full weekend, can I still come?

We recommend that in order to get the most out of CityHack16, that you attend the full weekend, but if you are unable to make one of the days/nights, just let us know and let your team members know beforehand so you can plan your time accordingly. Please consider others in the group and their expectations when planning your weekend.

What is the cost?

The weekend is $30 per person and all funds raised will be donated to Hummingbird House.

What should I bring?

Bring along any technology you’ll need – laptops, mobile phones, tablets and any other technology you’ll find useful. Don’t forget to bring along chargers and power packs for your devices as they’ll get a workout. For the safety of all involved, please do not bring along any cables that are frayed or damaged. Wifi will be provided.

What if I don’t have an idea?

No problem! Many people come to a hackathon without any ideas. Once you start working in your group and hear presentations from organisations about real issues they face, you will come up with ideas that you can work on in your group.

Will there be food?

Plenty of it!! Your meals for the weekend will be free and there’ll be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you energised. If you’ve got specific dietary requirements, please let us know and we can make arrangements for you.

Can AECOM staff participate?

Some AECOM staff places are available at CityHack16. Please email for more information. 

How late can I stay?

We want you to come back refreshed and raring to go on Saturday and Sunday, so we are closing the doors at 10pm on Friday and Saturday and re-opening at 8am on Saturday and Sunday.

Who will I be networking with during CityHack16?

Other than knowledge sharing that you will gain from other passionate entrants, there will be a number of international specialists who will be at CityHack16 to share their industry expertise and mentor you across coding, design, business, data, technology or city development questions. 

Will AECOM be hiring people from this event?

We might. We’re always looking to connect with the best talent and will be happy to discuss our job openings with anyone interested in exploring a new career opportunity.  To register your interest in our flexible workforce, visit Adepto.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All registrants must be over 18.  If you are under 18 and would like to take part in #CityHack16, please contact

When do registrations close?

Registrations close on Friday 4 November unless sold out prior.  There are a limited number of spaces available for CityHack16 and once these places are full, registrations will be closed. 

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Check out the AECOM website for more information.  Please contact with any other questions.  

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