Smart Cities Blockchain Hackathon

20th - 22nd October 2017 @ RMIT University Melbourne

In 2017 The Blockchain Association of Australia is hosting the SmartCitiesHack Melbourne hackathon. SmartCitiesHack Melbourne brings together the brightest minds to develop innovative solutions, utilising IOT, Blockchain and Big Data to introduce smart technology to solve real world problems, in one of Australia's largest cities.

We are pleased to announce that there will be $12,000 in prize money available for the top three teams; $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

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About SmartCitiesHack Melbourne

Use the power of todays emerging technologies to solve the problems of tommorrow

Use Smart Technology to help build Smart Cities

SmartCitiesHack Melbourne will bring together Australia's brightest minds to solve common problems for growing cities. Whether you're a developer, designer, UX specialist, town planners or business executives, join us at SmartCitiesHack Melbourne 2017 to develop innovative solutions to enable smart cities in Australia.

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Hackathon problem statements

Melbourne is a rapidly growing city, how can we make better use of available capacity through peer to peer networks that benefit our community, but reduce the need for middlemen? Eg: AirBnb has transformed how travellers find accommodation, creating a marketplace for travel accommodation, how can we create peer to peer marketplaces for other services like co-working spaces, library and other community services?

The 'great Australian dream' of home ownership is slipping away. How can we reinvent the approach to property ownership and 'lifecycle management', such as the use Blockchain to enable 'fractional ownership' of property?

How can the use of 'smart' technologies improve interactions with government services, providing benefits for citizens and governments by streamlining processing and reducing costs?

Ride sharing services like Uber have disrupted the taxi and courier industries, however they have introduced a new intermediary, collecting fees from rides and deliveries. How can the smart use of technology like Blockchain enable peer to peer ride sharing and delivery services?

How can we reinvent our approach to public transport payment services by using Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency?

Melbourne is fast becoming a 'cycling city'. Thousands of people commute to work on bikes each day, yet new public 'smart bikes' sit abandoned on every street corner. How can the city make better use of available bicycles, by using Blockchain to enable a peer-to-peer bike sharing service?

Anything goes - Smart Cities are connected cities, pick any idea on how the use of emerging technologies like Blockchain and IOT will benefit our city and its citizens. This is your challenge – and you are free to choose any topic you think is relevant and meaningful. Stay on the ground and propose only what you think is realistic and will have an impact.

Keynote Speakers and Judges

Jonathan Reichental
Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world and in 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including urban innovation and blockchain technology. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics. He co-hosts the popular podcast, Drinking Wine Talking Tech.


Millie Perkins
Millie is a Year 11 student at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, and she has recently been voted as the school captain for 2018. She is an avid learner and is currently studying university level Algorithmics amongst her many STEM subjects at school. Millie has always been passionate about, and had an aptitude for STEM, and she has been inspired to forge a career in that direction by her mother who is CEO of a clinical research company. The Smart Cities Blockchain Hackathon provides an opportunity for the brightest minds to introduce smart technologies to solve real world problems. Millie is excited about the disruptive potential of these technologies, and she is keen to see more young women like herself engaging in the leveraging of these technologies to reimagine the world. Millie understands that the decentralised nature of blockchain technology is not by accident, and hopes that such technologies prove to be a positive force in making a more democratic and equitable world.

Chami Akmeemana - Chairman Blockchain Association of Australia
Chami Akmeemana is a Blockchain and AI Specialist. He pursued a Ph.D. in Bioceramic Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London, until deciding to forgo an academic career in favor of Law Enforcement. In 2002, he joined London’s Metropolitan Police. Having exited 4 successful ventures over a decade, he currently sits on the boards of Humaniq, Stack, and Liberland. His experience includes serving as Director of regulatory and government affairs at ConsenSys Inc; Fintech Advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission; and Managing Director, Fintech and blockchain at the Global Risk Institute. Chami is also the Chairman of the Blockchain Association Australia and a faculty member of the Blockchain Research Institute.

Andrew Koay - OCBC
Andrew is a senior enterprise architect specializing in banking distribution channels and has hands-on experience with business solutions, technical advisory, analysis, design and development. Prior to joining OCBC, Andrew worked with other banks, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen where he was qualified as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Andrew is also:
•A mentor at OCBC FinTech Accelerator,
•A contributor to ‘Project Ubin’ with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
•A member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) CryptoLedgers Community Group
•A Fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

Andrew enjoys traveling to experience geography, culture and businesses alike. He cycles for longer rides and picnic lunches, loves piano and practicing qigong/taichi. He is a BitCoin Miner and experiments with the emerging variants of the Blockchain. Andrew is a strong advocate of ethical hacking and encourages hands-on coding to reinforce learning.

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Event Schedule

The SmartCitiesHack Hackathon will be hosted in Melbourne on Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd October 2017 @ RMIT University Melbourne

Schedule; Friday 20th October 5pm - Kickoff
5:30pm - Opening by Hon Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Minister for Ports
5:40pm - Intro to the hackathon by City of Melbourne CIO Colin Fairweather
5:50pm - Keynote speaker - Jonathan Reichental
6:10pm - Introducing problem statements
6:45pm - Dinner and hackathon begins

All day Saturday 21st October - Keep on hacking!
Presentations throughout the day

Sunday 22nd October 9am Hackathon ends / Breakfast
10am - Team pitches begin
2:30pm - Judges deliberate on team pitches
3pm - Closing remarks

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Blockchain Association of Australia members can register for $65

Blockchain Association of Australia student members can register for $35

Non members can register for $115

Students (non members) can register for $70

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you might have some questions, so here is are some of the most common questions that we receive.

The SmartCitiesHack Melbourne hackathon is brought to you by the Blockchain Association of Australia.

The event will be hosted in Melbourne, towards from the 20th-22nd October in Melbourne. To keep up to date you can visit our website or subscribe to our mailing list

Yes, there will be prize money for the winning teams. Stay tuned for more details.

1. Eligible participants should form teams of 2 to 6 people. Each team must have a developer and designer as well as other members such as strategy consultants, SME representatives etc. Participants must be over 16 years of on October 20th 2017 being the date of the Hackathon.

2. You are required to start your project from scratch after the commencement of the Hackathon and work on it using the facilities and expertise available at the event. All team members should be present in person. Teams can use an idea they had before the event provided they do not re-use code.

3. Any designs created, code written, products built, presentations, marketing material etc., created during the hackathon will belong to creators of the codes/designs/content. We are here to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams, not destroy them. Teams can of course gain advice and support from organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and others.

4. There will be no alcohol served or allowed at the event.

5. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that any form of discrimination or harassment and any racist, sexist, exclusionary or otherwise discriminatory jokes are unacceptable. This includes any offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, bullying, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

6. Winners will be judged based on the criteria set out under the heading ‘Judging Criteria’.

Attendees violating these rules, particularly rule 5, may be asked to leave the Hackathon at the sole discretion of the Hackathon organizers. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

Hack, meet new people, get creative, and have a good time. Getting something meaningful done within such a short amount of time can be stressful, but we'd like to encourage everyone to take a break every now and then to relax and enjoy the event.

Judging will be based on the following criteria, with equal weight assigned to each:

Innovation / Ambition
Was the idea unique, or a different take on an existing/similar app? What was added to the app that made it special or more useful? Was the idea behind the app ambitious? Creative? How well did the app execute upon the theme/category chosen?

User Interface / User Experience
Does the UI of the app look professional/fun, or is it sloppy? Is the app easy to use? Does the workflow of the app make sense, is it intuitive?

Overall Quality
Does the app work completely from start to finish? How many and how severe were any bugs encountered? Was anything in the app that wasn’t fully implemented, like a useless button that was supposed to do something? Did the team scope their app’s features well given the time frame of the Hackathon?

Quality of Pitch / App Impact
Does the app seem like something people would want to buy and use outside of the Hackathon? Was the team able to explain their idea and what the app actually did?

Usefulness / Practicality
How does the solution benefit citizens and the community?

Anyone that has an interest in utilising emerging technology to improve our city.

Any companies or start ups that want to represent the organization with a team or friends from different organizations that want to come together as a team.

Yes, though we have a limit of six members per team. You can bring your friends or you can team up with other hackers on site. However you choose to do it, be ready to hack!

No, all code is yours. We are here to enable innovation not kill it.

Your laptop and any software you need.

We will serve all main meals and coffee/tea. Bring anything you want to snack on during the event.

Expect to stay overnight, so bring what you need to get through the hackathon. We’ll provide some sleep spaces for those who need some shut-eye. Remember you’re in a public forum, so please act accordingly.

No, the event will not be open to the public, only registered participants and invited guests can attend the event.

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