Applied Informatics Research group


  A Hackathon is an event where teams of programmers collaborate in an intensive software development event. The term "hack" is used here in its benign sense. People who are normally involved include software developers, interface designers and project managers.

2016: Atlassian Hacking Health Hackathon
Auchmuty Commons, University of Newcastle, Callaghan 15-17 April, 2016.

This Hackathon was designed to grow the capacity of UoN students in ICT, Design, Business and Health disciplines to collaborate on joint technology projects, with the guidance of experienced clinicians, mentors and carers/consumers for well targeted + responsive initiatives, leveraging contemporary technology platforms. During the event, teams explored Atlassian platforms like BitBucket for code management, Cognitive Computing micro-services from IBM Watson and BlueMix, with the winning teams sharing in over $125,000 value in prizes and incentives to take their ideas further. Finalists entries were based on Anxiety treatment with wearables, Optimised nutrition with ChefWatson cognitive computing services and lower cost Prosthetics sourcing

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UoN Contact: Alex Mendes

Tony talks at the Hackathon!
  2015: Microsoft Internet of Things Hackathon
University of Newcastle, Callaghan 26-27 September, 2015.

The Internet of Things refers to the use of the internet for communication between devices. By 2020, it's estimated that there will be over 50 million devices connected to the web. Don't just think phones, tablets, notebooks or desktops. Think espresso makers, smart cities, agriculture and animal husbandry, cars, health and fitness, home automation and more.

Due to the emphasis on the Internet of Things this event also focussed on hardware, and featured the NetDuino board that is programmed using the .NET framework. Microsoft supplied a number of devices in kit form and assisted with setup. Prizes were awarded to the best teams.

  2015: Microsoft Internet of Things Hackathon
University of Newcastle, Callaghan 29-30 November, 2014.

This first Hackathon organised by the AIR group saw 24 hours of intense collaboration. Prizes were awarded for best project in two categories: student and open.