FOR ORGANISERS

Why should I organise a Hackathon?

Hackathons are a great way to engage a community, upskill teams, teach people about startup methodologies, test out ideas through experimentation, find new business models, recruit talent, and position your organisation to be innovative

How much will it cost to organise a Hackathon?

The cost varies based on your needs.

For a physical Hackathons you'll need to have an experienced facilitator, a venue, food for everyone, and prizes.

For online Hackathons, you'll need an experienced community manager and facilitator, digital tools and prizes.

To run a Hackathon, it can cost $3k-30k USD. 

How much time should I dedicate to organising a Hackathon?

Again, it depends. 

If you have a clear objective, you have a dedicated sponsor and an active community, it will take 3 weeks. 

If you are still discovering who your stakeholders are, why you're organising a Hackathon, and identifying who will be participating, then it will take 3 months.

What if I want someone else to organise the Hackathon for me?

For online, global Hackathons we can help you out - whether you want to outsource it completely to us, or if you just want strategic sessions, a facilitator, or advisory meetings. We'll bring our wealth of experience from over 500 Hackathons and give you brilliant ideas. You can check out our prices here

Are there any resources out there for first time organisers?

We've created an OpenLearning course dedicated to helping you run your first Hackathon. Check it out here.

How do I convert my Hackathon online?

We'll keep you posted because we're creating an OpenLearning course to help you transition your experience online. In the meantime, you can read our article on our favourite online tools

CASE STUDIES

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TAD Changemakers Hackathon

TAD aims to ensure that people with disabilities and their carers have access to innovative technical solutions, enhancing quality of life and opportunities for independence and participation in the community. They used a Hackathon to find project ideas for their volunteers to continue and develop using their new maker space.

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Corenet Global


CoreNet Global is the premier association for corporate real estate professionals, and the only one capable of convening the entire industry. They used a Hackathon to engage their community, by involving students, young leaders and experienced mentors to develop prototypes that were pitched infront of 300+ executives at their annual conference. 

Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa provides a set of built-in capabilities, referred to as skills. Customers can access these new abilities by asking Alexa questions or making requests.  The aim of the Hackathon was to get participants to learn about its capabilities and to design apps using voice. We did this in conjunction with Melbourne International Games Week.

World Wildlife Fund

WWF’s global mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF ran a Hackathon to find startup founders that would be ready to participate in the PandaLabs' Incubator program. After the Hackathon they've successfully launched Impact.io, a platform which enables funding for projects at scale that help solve the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues.

Murdoch University


Murdoch University in Western Australia aims to produce free-thinking graduates, life-changing research, and innovative campus and industry developments. Arup and Schneider Electric collectively ran a Hackathon based on a customer problem and used students to co-create the solution.

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Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy and automation to ensure efficiency and sustainability for its customers. They used an internal hackathon to find innovations that would accelerate the growth of the business in a sustainable and profitable way. 

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