2020 has not had the best of beginnings. From colossal wildfires sweeping our nation, to foreign political unrest and potentialities of war, we now see the outbreak of COVID-19 spreading across the globe, putting millions in isolation, thousands in critical care, as well as many whose lives have already been taken.

We must come together to forge solutions for those whose lives have been massively affected due to the incredibly infectious virus. This is a team effort, and everyone on the Earth plays an important role - that includes you.

With so many of us already in isolation, Hack The Crisis aims to be a launchpad for those with budding ideas on how to make life in quarantine more manageable. In this ever-connected world, the range of solutions and opportunities are endless. We just need to work together to make it happen.

Hack The Crisis is a completely online Hackathon where participants can form teams to develop technological solutions. This event’s topic is to help improve the quality of life while in isolation.

On 3 April, participants will be encouraged to form teams through Hack The Crisis' main Slack workspace to decide on an idea by a deadline, after which work begins. Entries must be submitted by 5 April via Devpost for judging.

Please join our Slack as this is where most of our announcements and team forming will take place! We will have mentors and judges active throughout the hackathon to provide feedback through registered channels! 



Annelou Jansen - Design, Business, Technology - Auks

Annelou specializes in User Experience Design & Design Thinking with a focus on the optimization of current software services. Sustainable Design to make this world a greener and healthier place & foresight to be prepared for what the future might bring.

Bhavna Antony - Technology, Health - IBM

Bhavna's experience ranges from medical image processing, segmentation, registration and machine learning being a big part of her day! In particular, Bhavna's research has been focussed on the automated analysis of ophthalmic data using machine-learning, image processing and data analytics.

Bronwen Zande - Design, Business, Technology, Gov/Corp - SheEO

Brownwen is apart of SheEO​, which is a global community of radically generous women transforming the way we finance, support and celebrate female entrepreneurs who are creating a better world.

Christianne O'Donnell - Health, Business - University of Melbourne

Christianne is a Research Manager at the University of Melbourne, with international and community development experience, specialising in health and youth.

Jaclyn Benstead - Business, Design, Gov/Corp - Gorillacom

After working for Universities across the globe for 10+ years, Jaclyn took the leap to pursue her own business - Gorillacom. Jaclyn now specializes in the creation and automation of niche e-commerce businesses, while also working for Hacker Exchange with the development and rollout of their international immersion programs.

Jithesh R - Design - reece

Jithesh strives to help businesses understand what is the most valuable things to build as per user expectations. Jithesh encourages teams to focus on the user's experience with the products to increase adoption and adherence.  

Jo Cheah - Health - Royal Children's

Jo is a clinical trial and medicines information pharmacist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and host of the Australian Prescriber Podcast for NPS MedicineWise.

Kim Anderson - Business, Gov/Corp - AWS

Kim is a commercial business builder with specialist skills in scaling new digital and data business models. She is a passionate leader of co-creating solutions with customers for today and working with innovators across corporates, government, non-profit, small businesses & start-ups to build for and improve our future.

Sam Shlansky - Design, Gov/Corp - Marco Polo Project

Sam is the CEO of Marco Polo Project and an organised community developer with a proven speciality in governance and education.

Tony Alvaro - Business - Inhabit

Tony leads group operations and strategy for Inhabit, a specialist architectural engineering consultancy focused on the façade innovation of modern structures. With offices spanning twelve countries throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East & Australasia, this international role sees him forging partnerships across the AEC industry to achieve world-class outcomes. 


  • Countries and States: This hackathon is meant for participants residing with Australia and all of its territories.
  • Participants: All participants are required to register to this Devpost page using their main point-of-contact email adresses.


Build anything!

From web applications to hardware devices, feel free to experiment.

To showcase your amazing hack, you'll need to upload a 2-minute pitch which will include a demo or walkthrough of your product.

This will be accompanied by attaching and/or linking all the materials that were generated for your final submission. Make it look slick and sharp!

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,447 in prizes

The Hacker Exchange Cash Grant

The Hacker Exchange would love to grant the winner of this prize $200 to support the development of their product.

The Future Minds Network Package

Exclusive entry into Melbourne's first startup accelerator for school aged entrepreneurs, FutureX.

SPARK Deakin Mentorship Package (2)

SPARK Deakin will be mentoring two teams and giving away a goodie bag filled with all sorts of cool stuff.

Startup Hubspot Package

A startup friendly pricing on HubSpot software which involves a 90% discount.

Tickets to Global Venture Crawl by Draper Startup House

The team to win this prize will get ticket valued at $350 per person to attend the 'Global Venture Crawl'

Ticket to the SingularityU Australia Summit 2020 (Valued at $1,597)

The SingularityU Australia Summit will explore the latest in exponential technologies and showcase how these technologies are being used to disrupt industries and positively impact the world.

The Hacker Exchange Cash Grant

The Hacker Exchange would love to grant the winner of this prize $300 to support the development of their product.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jeanette Cheah

Jeanette Cheah
CEO at The Hacker Exchange

Warwick Donaldson

Warwick Donaldson
Co-director of Startup Grind Melbourne

Charlotte O'Leary

Charlotte O'Leary
Medical Doctor and World Economic Forum Global Shaper

Angela Bee Chan

Angela Bee Chan
CEO at Hackathons Australia

Christina Gerakiteys

Christina Gerakiteys
Co-CEO at SIngularityU Australia

Judging Criteria

  • Desirability
    Is there proof that the customer wants the product?
  • Viability
    Could this stand alone as a business model in the real world?
  • Feasibility
    Can this be achieved / built with current technology?
  • Prototype
    Quality and complexity of demo / user interface / code / build / etc
  • X-Factor
    Innovation, creativity, team cohesion, presentation style

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