Virtual Hackathon: 2020 Vision

10 - 31 July 2020


Registrations are closed

The University of Queensland (UQ) is bringing together entrepreneurs across the world to help overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19.

As we look to the future, we need to discover new processes to increase response times and decrease disruption. But how do we adjust to a new ever-changing, ever-evolving world? And how can we future proof and prepare for what does not exist?

Amidst the adversity, we find ourselves in a time of reflection. A time where we can regroup and rethink, and the opportunity to rediscover what we need for a sustainable future world.

Download our Terms and Conditions

How it works

Over a three-week period, 10-31 July, teams will be challenged to come up with the next innovative business idea. With support from staff and mentors, teams would have prepared a business model, prototyped and validated their big idea and be ready to deliver their pitch to our experienced panel of judges.

Who can participate

Our Virtual Hackathon will be open to students across all disciplines at UQ and selected university partners.

Participants will have access to entrepreneurial mentors around the world.


Tickets are AUD$10 per person and all ticket sales will be donated to UQ’s COVID-19 Research Fund to help our researchers develop a vaccine. UQ is the only Australian organisation tasked by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. 


Students participating in the Virtual Hackathon will be in the running for a share of AUD$10k in prize money:

  • First place: AUD$7000 
  • Second place: AUD$2000 
  • Third place: AUD$1000 

Get your team together

Assemble your team

Choose the hackathon challenge you'd like to tackle and get together with your fellow innovators to form your team. Each team member must register individually and note their team names on registration.

Find your team

Don’t have a team yet but want to join us in solving a critical global challenge? You can register to join our Virtual Hackathon Slack channel to network and meet your future team! 

The networking and registrations are now closed.


Choose the global challenge your team would like to tackle


Find solutions to improve emergency health crisis response. How can we improve our flexibility, capacity and response time?


We have seen countries across the world go into recession. How can we mitigate the drastic impacts caused by the events of 2020?


The environmental impact of COVID-19 has shown how unsustainable business practices are. How can we reduce waste after COVID-19? 


Reliance on the traditional supply chain model has become evident. How can manual handling and labour shortages be overcome?


Social distancing has increased feelings of loneliness, depression and fear. How can we overcome disconnection within our society?


Find solutions surrounding public services such as transport, emergency, legal system. How can we improve and manage them for the future?


We have reached unprecedented unemployment rates especially among young people. How can we future-proof and grow?


From primary school to higher education, online teaching has changed the way we learn. How can we reimagine the education sector for the future?

Event overview

The Virtual Hackathon will run over three weeks during semester break. All times are in AEST.

Date Format Activity
Friday 10 July     5-7.30pm live stream     Join us live for the Virtual Hackathon kick-off. Keynote speaker to be announced.
Monday 13 July     Self-paced     Problem definition and Design Sprint workshop
Tuesday 14 or Wednesday 15 July     Time slot allocated     Time for your weekly team check-in with our Ventures staff.
Wednesday 15 July     Self-paced     Market Validation workshop
Tuesday 14 or Thursday 16 July     Book online     Mentor session: Problem and solution statement
Friday 17 July     Time slot allocated     Week 1 milestone: Problem and Solution statement

At least one team member must be in attendance at all sessions

Date Format Activity
Monday 20 July Self-paced Business models and minimal viable products workshop
Tuesday 21 July   Time slot allocated Time for your weekly team check-in with our Ventures staff
Tuesday 21 or Thursday 23 July   Book online Mentoring session: Business Modeling 
Friday 24 July     Time slot allocated Week 2 milestone: Business Model

At least one team member must be in attendance at all sessions

Date Format Activity
Monday 27 July     Live on Zoom Pitching Q&A
Monday 27 or Tuesday 28 July     Book online     Mentor session on pitching
Wednesday 29 July     Submit by 12pm  Pitch video submission is due 12pm. Upload to YouTube and include link in the submission form.
Friday 31 July     9am announcement Judges will reveal their top 5 teams who will pitch in the final. 
Friday 31 July     2pm live stream Top 5 teams pitch live on Zoom followed by the prize ceremony. 

At least one team member must be in attendance at all sessions

Industry Partners

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
AWS Activate offers startups free tools, resources, and more to quickly get started on AWS. The winning team will receive an AWS Activate Credit Offer worth up to $5k USD. All participating teams will also get up to $1k of free AWS credits with the Activate Founders package.
HERE is a global leading location platform company and is offering up to 250K FREE transactions a month on their location APIs and SDKs (no time limit). The team with best integration of HERE services/products will receive a HERE Swag pack valued at AUD $200 (for each member).

Event contact

For more information about the Virtual Hackathon, contact 
Olivia Adlard, Engagement Officer, Intelligence and Engagement, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ