Win up to $10,000 and get support to generate ground breaking ideas and launch a high-growth impactful business leveraging OpenSource technologies between 22 and 26 November 2021.    
One Week to develop an innovative idea
Access a diverse pool of expert mentors
Motivating prizes for the winning teams

Supported by

Competition for diverse teams of innovators excited by innovation and entrepreneurship. Exceptional collaborative atmosphere with access to leading mentors with short workshops that help participants generate, evolve and pitch ideas to win the vote of the judges. This hackathon is a collaboration of the University of Canberra, Instaclustr and the Canberra Innovation Network.

$10,000 cash in prize money!

It is free to participate but your team can win cash from this pool. Plus:


Throughout the hackathon you will be addressed by inspiring industry and academic experts from our sponsoring organisations.


Experience rapid workshops focusing on ideation, validation, business models and building your skills to pitch your idea with impact.

Mentor Time

We have a truly inspiring and experienced mentor pool you can tap into as you conceptualise and evolve your innovation.


Opportunity to access sponsors or participate in CBRIN programs (such as Idea 2 Impact), to take your idea to the next level.  

OpenSource Hackathon Criteria

Teams need to score high in seven criteria plus add something extra to the mix. Judges are looking for innovative and impactful solutions that are validated, viable, utilise open source, leverage collaboration, plus have a secret sauce.

Secret sauce

Challenge Streams

Launch a high-growth business

Come up with a unique tech solution with a huge market potential to form a basis of a high-growth high-impact company. 

Address wicked local problems

Come up with a novel way to address some of your city's and region's biggest issues through a high-impact innovation enterprise.

The Canberra Innovation Network in partnership with the University of Canberra and Instaclustr are looking for innovative, actionable, impactful ideas to compete for seed capital, exposure, expert mentoring, coworking at the Canberra Innovation Network coworking space and more. The hackathon is suitable for all types of innovations such as new inventions, new business models, research-based spinout ideas, new or adapted technologies, policy innovations, tech solutions and more! 

Competition schedule

The hackathon will run over the week of November 22 to 26. You can expect the following 8 sessions to take place:

Orientation: 18 November 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00pm

In the week prior to the hackathon you will be inducted. Team Captains must attend but it will be valuable for all to participate and engage in Q&A.

Opening: 22 November 2021 
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Key session for all participants to be at. The hackathon will be launched, you will be introduced to the challenge, addressed by sponsors and organisers.

Workshop 1: 22 November 2021
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Rapid workshop in ideation and customer validation. You will be led by experienced entrepreneurs who will help you understand your deliverables.

Mentor time 1: 22 November 2021

 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Meet all the mentors. They will visit your table and you can get introduced. After this "speed dating", you can invite any mentor you need to your table.

Workshop 2: 24 November 2021
10:30 am - 12:00pm 

Learn how to design a business model canvas and a compelling pitch. Get support on how these elements can work together to give you an edge.

Mentor time 2: 24 November 2021

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Round 2 of mentor engagement. Make sure you use all the mentors available to improve on your project and get connected to potential customers.

Pitch clinic: 25 November 2021 

10 am - 12 pm Pitch to experts

Get valuable feedback on your draft pitches from the CBRIN Growth Team. Work further on your pitches to get them ready to vow the judges. A great idea is only the start!

Pitch Event: 26 November 2021 

10 am - 12:30 am 

The final session will take place on 26 November 2021 from 10:00am to 12:30 pm. You will have a short time frame to deliver your pitch. The judges will choose and announce winners before 12.30 pm 

Things may be evolving.

This is a link to the live schedule that we will keep updating with links and additional details. Make sure you access it before the hackathon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind this hackathon?

The hackathon is a collaboration of the University of Canberra, Instaclustr and the Canberra Innovation Network.

Do I have to register as a team?

Yes. To participate in the hackathon you must be in a registered team of between 3 and 5 people. We will allow a six person team as an absolute maximum.

How much time do I have to commit?

OpenSource hack will run over five-days with mandatory sessions on Monday 22 November, Wednesday 24 November and Friday 26 November. The times will be between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

What is required of mentors?

People with experience to mentor at the hackathon are encouraged to apply to be mentors. The expectations of mentors and the link to mentor registration can be found here.

I am already working on an idea. Can I use that?

Teams are more than welcome to compete in the hackathon with an existing idea that they are already working on, but will need to be willing to learn and grow their proposed solution. The workshops and mentor sessions are designed to push teams to test and refine their solution to develop a compelling final pitch for the judges. During a hackathon, ideas may pivot or shift based on customer and mentor feedback which is all a part of the process!

Who owns the ideas?

All submissions to the hackathon remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organisations who developed them. The organisers claim no ownership of nor repsonsibility for the IP generated during the hackathons. It is up to the teams to deal with IP issues.

Is this an in person event?

No. This is an online event. All participants will need to use their devices and internet connections from their homes or alternative locations. 

How to participate from different time zone?

Hackathons are typically 48-hour non stop events. We have designed this one to be stretched over 5 days with only several compulsory sessions throughout. For some of you these will be at night. We do not require all of your team to be at all sessions but at least one should be in each - please distribute these duties among your team members fairly. Remember, many of the Australian teams might be also working on this after hours and for them it may be an dificult to participate during "work hours". Same rule applies - as long as you have somene in each session. For the final pitch / demo session, we encourage all to be present to observe all the solutions and be available to answer questions of the judges. Best of luck!


Applications have now closed for this hackathon as the competition has begun. If you would like to be kept in the loop about upcoming hackathons at the Canberra Innovation Network please fill out the form below.

Please read the Rules of Engagement before you register.


“The Hackathon was a fantastic opportunity that I would encourage anyone in STEM or interested in space to try out. Even if you don't walk away with a prize, talking and learning from mentors who are experts or leaders in their respective fields alongside the creative, problem-solving thinking the challenge asks of you are invaluable experiences. It is clear the organising team behind the hackathon have put a lot of effort into it, which is shown in how enjoyable the experience is.”

Jeffrey Liang
ANU student, participant of a CBRIN Hackathon in 2021

"The Hackathon really opened people’s eyes to the opportunities in space. Was very well run and gave people the opportunity to make networks in the space industry."

Imogen Rea
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources / Australian Space Agency, Judge at a CBRIN hackathon

I enjoyed how the teams were encouraged to come up with interesting and unique solutions. As a mentor, it was amazing to see how much growth was achieved by the teams over the two days.

Yasmin Zaman
Mentor at a CBRIN Hackathon in 2021UAV Pilot, UNSW Graduate - engineering & neuroscience

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