25-27 February, 2022


UNIHACK 2022 graphic

300 participants

35 mentors

22 prizes

jaffa cakes


What you can win and how to win them.

Main Prizes

1st Place

$4000 cash

Amazon Echo Show 8 for each team member

$100 MyDeal gift card for each team member

2nd Place

$2000 cash

Lenovo Smart Clock 2 for each team member

3rd Place

$1000 cash

JBL Link Bluetooth Speaker for each team member

Judging Criteria

✨ Polish, Design, and Execution

What does the project look like? Is it intuitive, aesthetically pleasing, and accessible? And most importantly, does it actually work?

💪 Technical Difficulty

Does the hack look technically interesting or challenging? Is it simply putting a pretty frontend on an existing API or does it do something more?

💡 Originality and Creativity

How unique is the hack? Does it solve a new problem, or have a new take on an existing problem?

😲 Wow Factor

Does it spark joy? Would this be something you use and show to your friends? Yes, this is totally subjective. But that’s what makes it fun.

Category Prizes

Best Design

Awarded to the most usable and best looking user interface.

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription for each team member

Most Creative Idea

The project that has the most original idea or reinvention.

Wacom One tablet for each team member

Local Impact Prize

The best idea that addresses an issue in your local community.

Frank Green Tap-to-Pay Reusable Cup for each team member

First Timers Prize

The best project created by first-time hackathon participants.

To be eligible, at least 50% of your team must have not attended a hackathon.

Logitech G213 Mechanical Keyboard for each team member

Most Entertaining Pitch

Can you summarise your pitch in in three minutes - whilst also being engaging and entertaining?

Amazon Echo Dot for each team member

People's Choice Award

The project that wins the hearts and votes of the people.

Morphie Charge Stream Powerstation for each team member

Best Social Media Prize

Send out the best tweet, message, photo, story or short video that sums up your experience of #UNIHACK2022.

This is an individual prize.


Best Meme

Make the best meme during the event and post it on the UNIHACK Discord. I couldn't make it any more obvious.

This is an individual prize.

Totally a secret

Sponsor Prizes

Global Social Impact Prize

The best idea that addresses one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals or another global issue in our society today

$1000 in total of JB Hi-Fi Gift Cards (for the entire team)

Most Scalable Prize

Do you have a big dream? Are you someone who likes to think large? The most scalable hack will be awarded to the team that is able to roll out their idea on scale in a big kind of way! This could be via streamlining, outsourcing, automation, or speed!

An internship with Bukalapak for each team member

Most Innovative Hack

We're on the hunt for the most innovative hack which sparks enthusiasm, improves quality of life and helps conserve natural resources whilst through an honest and fair approach.

A 3D printer for the entire team

Food Waste Warrior Prize

There's enough food produced in the world to feed everyone - and a third of food produced is wasted. This prize goes to the team that can solve the problem of food wastage at any point in the food supply chain.

$100 Rockpool Gift Card for each team member

Engineering Excellence Prize

Engineers, we want to see you innovate in solving problems and demonstrate passion in the ways you can create and deliver your solution

A pair of Apple AirPod Pros for each team member

A session with Macquarie engineers with tech experience relevant to your team

Creative Pitch Prize

We are looking for the most compelling and quality pitch! Tell us your story, sell your idea to us and don't be afraid to get creative and incorporate other digital tools and technology!

Jabra Elite 85T True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Logitech G PRO X Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

(Up to two each of each prize to cater for a team of up to six.)

Data Analytics Prize

Calling all data lovers! We are looking for compelling insights derived from data. Incorporate data analytics and visualisation incorporated as part of your final solution and as part of the pitch.

Logitech G PRO X Superlight Wireless Gaming Mouse

Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Fitbit Versa 2 Smart Fitness Watch

(Up to two each of each prize to cater for a team of up to six.)

Commit to Greatness Prize

We think big, move fast and dare to be different. We're always asking "what's next?". We're looking for the most innovative idea, that dares to be extraordinary.

$200 Westfield digital gift card for each team member

The Customer Experience Award

Awarded to the team who delivers the project that has the best customer experience for its users

$300 Coles Myer Gift Card for each team member

Best Use of Twilio

For the hack that best makes use of the Twilio API

AirPods for each team member


This is a satiric prize awarded to the unusual or trivial hacks, the aim being to "honour achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think."



Here to be impressed, so make an impression.

Main Prize

Jeanette Cheah

CEO & Founder

Hacker Exchange

David Lei

Software Engineer


Bec Martin



Milan Pintar

Senior Product Manager


Patrick Shaw

Software Engineer


Samantha Wong



Long Zheng

Head of Product - Podcasting

Triton Digital

Most Creative Idea

Robert Koch

Cloud Architect

Amazon Web Services

Best Design

Anthony Roberts

Product Engineer

Mindset Health

Local Impact Prize

Kate Illsley

Practice Lead - Partnerships & Experience

Method Recruitment

First Timers Prize

James Dale

App Developer


Platinum and D&I



Macquarie Group



Bronze & Product

Monash FIT