Community Health Hackathon

24 - 25 March 2022

How can we improve access to health and wellbeing services to enable our communities to thrive

Elderly, carers, Indigenous communities, gender non-conforming people, people in homelessness, and other underserved communities are among our most vulnerable in our society.

Global events including the pandemic and natural disasters highlight these disadvantages and barriers to access and give us fresh insights into how we can future proof these inequalities.

We need your innovative solutions to help improve healthcare access and wellbeing for culturally, geographically and economically diverse groups.

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Supported by Philips

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Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. 

With a passion to improve people’s lives, Philips has been a leader in building and shaping markets with meaningful innovation for nearly 130 years, focusing its research and innovation strengths on addressing significant global challenges and unmet needs with a goal to improve 2.5 billion lives by 2030.


How can we improve access to health and wellbeing services to help underserved communities thrive?

Improve access
How can we better understand and deliver culturally, economically, and geographically suitable services to underserved communities?
Empower diverse participation
How might we enable and empower diverse participation in the healthcare system to better represent the diverse communities served?
Improve health literacy
How can we improve engagement in health literacy across various communities to empower access to suitable healthcare?
Deliver quality, timely and continuous care
How might we improve the health and wellbeing ecosystem to deliver quality, timely, and continuous care?

Get your team together

Find your team

Don’t have a team yet but want to join the hackathon? We'll be hosting a 'Find your team' session for you to network with your fellow innovators and join a team from 3-5pm, Tuesday 22 March.

Register to the session

Register your team

After finding your team (2-5 people per team), each team member must first register individually and then register as your team before 2pm on Day 1 of the hackathon.

Register your team

Why participate?

By participating in the hackathon you will be able to:

  • build your networks,
  • strengthen your entrepreneurial skills,
  • work with participants outside your discipline,
  • address a real problem worth solving, and
  • have the chance to win a cash prize!



Participants in the Health Hackathon will be in the running for a share of $7000 in prize money. 

  • First place: $4000 cash
  • Second place: $2000 cash
  • Third place: $1000 cash

How it works

With support from mentors and experts, you will be challenged to identify ways to innovate and improve access to health and wellbeing services to better serve our communities.

You have the opportunity to identify innovations within your area of expertise, allowing participants from all faculties and industries to get involved.

The hackathon will be delivered in-person on UQ St Lucia Campus.


The Community Health Hackathon is open to students across all disciplines and study levels at The University of Queensland.

You must have a team to participate in the hackathon (between 2-5 members).

Looking for a team or need more team members? Join the Find your team session to network with fellow innovators. 

Hackathon program

The Community Health Hackathon will run over two days, 24 - 25 March on St Lucia Campus, Ventures GCI Space. It is expected that you will be working as a team throughout the two days of the hackathon. All activities are optional.


Tuesday 22 March
Information Session and Find your Teamates

Join us for the introduction session and learn why it’s valuable to participate in a hackathon. You will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded students to form a team!

Register to join the session

9-10am  Welcome, program overview and network

Welcome to the Community Health Hackathon! You'll hear from our Ventures staff as they discuss what the next two days have in store for you. If you haven't found your teammates yet, now is your time to network and find them. 

10-11amTeam working timeTime to get started on your solutions with your team. 
12-1.30pmLunchEnjoy catered lunch  - thanks to our supporters at Philips.
1.30-2pmCheck-insThe Ventures team will check-in with each team to see how you are tracking so far.
2-4pmMentoring sessionDo you have questions for the experts? Mentoring sessions will be available with our industry experts. 
5pmDay 1 closeGreat work on Day 1 of the hackathon! If you want to keep working on your solution, you and your team can use the 24/7 campus spaces for after-hours teamwork.

9-9.30am  Welcome Day 2 and check-insThe Ventures team will check-in with each team to see how you are tracking so far.
9.30-10.30amWorkshopPitching a storytelling workshop run by Ventures staff. 
10.30-11amTeam working timeContinue to work on your solutions with your team. 
11am-1pmMentoring sessionDo you have questions for the experts? Mentoring sessions will be available with our industry experts. 
1-2pmTeam working timeContinue to work on your solutions with your team.
2-2.30pmTech rehearsals Time for tech check before the big pitch event. 
2.30pmPowerpoint slides deadlineAll teams must submit their final PowerPoint slides for their pitch. No late submissions will be accepted.  
3-4.30pmPitch final Teams will pitch for their chance to win a share in $7000 in prize money. 
4.30-6pmCelebrations and event closeWinning teams are announced followed by networking over light catering.

Judging criteria

  • Level of innovation (30%) – is the proposed solution a new or significantly different approach taken to solve the challenge that will provide value?
  • Viability (30%) – is the proposed solution feasible in terms of resources required for successful implementation?
  • Customer value (30%) – how well does the proposed solution meet the customer's need and deliver benefits?
  • Presentation (10%) – does the pitch tell a succinct yet detailed, compelling proposal to take action and support the proposed solution?

Download the Terms and Conditions


Dr Kylie Henderson
Founder & Managing Director of Humanity Health Group
Yazz Krishna
Founder and former CEO of Five Faces
Matt Moran
Managing Director of Philips

Have a question?

For more information about the Hackathon, contact the Ventures team