UHack is Tasmania's innovation hackathon competition - run for student and public innovators - by students and staff from the University of Tasmania. For one weekend, teams of designers, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the state are being invited to pitch their ground-breaking ideas in a bid to claim the first-prize open division package, with a $6,000 cash prize.

University of Tasmania Enterprise Business Services Associate Director Tim Pedersen said:

UHack is an opportunity for people in the broader community to test-drive their innovation or creation.

UHack is not all about programming – it’s also about identifying problems and opportunities, developing a business model, and putting together a pitch video that summarises your project.

Teams just need to have a ground-breaking idea that aligns with one of the University’s research theme areas, or be able to help bring that idea to fruition through skills they can offer.

8th – 10th September 2017

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“People are being encouraged to get together a team with skills including computer programing and business models to vie for prizes and take advantage of start-up mentoring support and the opportunity to work on creative solutions to real world challenges”.

The competition will be held simultaneously in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Teams of up to six people will develop a software application, business model and three-minute video pitch to be presented to a panel of judges.

The competition, in its second year, will see teams at the driving wheel of helping to solve a problem or identify an opportunity within theme areas including environment, resources and sustainability; creativity, culture and society; better health; marine, Antarctic and maritime; and data, knowledge and decisions.

In the lead up to the weekend, we are hosting help seminars in areas including business model concepts and product development.

UHack will officially conclude this year’s Research Week (4 Sept – 8 Sept) at the University of Tasmania which features seminars, forums and workshops showcasing innovative and practical research which is transforming Tasmania and beyond.

For more information and seminar registrations visit www.utas.edu.au/uhack

UHack is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, the TECH, Computing and Technology, and Business student societies and Start-up Tasmania.

“We also receive generous support from businesses including Dell, HPE, Optus, RXP, Parallo, Microsoft, PoIT, Data#3, Park Lane IT, Adobe, Insync and Panasonic,”   Mr Pedersen said.

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