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New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience will bring together multidisciplinary minds to explore the solutions around identification of disasters and mitigating risk to build a sustainable world.


Disasters often follow natural hazards and their severity depends on how much impact a hazard has on society and the environment.

The scale impact in turn depends on the choices we make for our lives and for our environment. These choices relate to how we grow our food, where and how we build our homes, what kind of government we have, how our financial system works and even what we teach in schools. Each decision and action makes us more vulnerable to disasters - or more resilient to them.

Disaster resilience is the concept and practice of reducing risks through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disasters. Whether natural or societal, disasters are severe and our global community’s need for resilience can lead the world to act on this global issue.


- Enhancing City and community resilience frameworks (improving city and community preparedness)

- Reducing critical infrastructure disruptions

- Improving information management and sharing

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$10,120 in prizes

Best Tech Solution

Receives $3,000 in cash as well as a 3-month residency at I2N Hunter Street with specialist mentorship valued at up to $4,620

Runner-Up Tech Solution

Receives $2,000 in cash

Rising Star Award

Receives $500 in cash

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Attendees from all backgrounds, genders, and geographies are welcome.
  • There is no age restriction to attend the hackathon. In case you are under 18, you need a signed waiver from the parent/legal guardian authorising you to attend the hackathon. The waiver form is available to download from the hackathon website.    
  • There is no country restriction, but you must be eligible to receive prizes (in case you win) and you are responsible for paying any taxes on the prize winnings.   


All projects must be submitted by 4:00 PM (AEST) Saturday 11 May 2019 to the following Github Repository under your team name: No updates can be made past this time. Following this deadline, you will then have 1 hour to prepare your 5-minute pitch.

At 5:00 PM Teams have 5 minutes to pitch their solution to the judging panel.


Darren Cleary

Darren Cleary
Hunter Water

Noreen Krusel

Noreen Krusel
Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

Patrick Quick

Patrick Quick
City of Newcastle

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    How innovative is your solution? Is it an improvement to existing systems or a breakthrough new product/service
  • Solution fit
    Is there a real problem? Is your solution really going to solve it?
  • Feasibility
    How likely is the project to work and be accepted by the market / community?
  • Prototype
    What progress have the team achieved during the hack and how functional is the project?
  • Pitch
    In the end everything comes down to how well you can sell your ideas