DESCRIPTIONA one day ‘hackathon’ will be held at the Eastern Innovation Business Centre to uncover the possibilities and potential of Business ICT and internet connectivity in South East Melbourne business precincts in partnership with the City of Kingston, City of Frankston, City of Knox, City of Monash and Innovation Melbourne. Hosted at the Eastern Innovation Business Centre on the 6th of June, teams will have the space to ideate and pitch their NOW and their NEXT solutions to a panel of judges and to an audience of potential customers for prizes of cash and services. WHAT IS A HACKATHON?It’s a bringing together of people for a fast-paced development of innovative solutions to a problem. Coders, technicians, marketers, researchers and hackers form complementary teams and work to look for possible solutions, develop concepts and plans, bringing together with a pitch to specialists and interested parties. HOW DOES IT WORKTeams register or the organisers will design and create teams from diverse backgrounds to explore and develop ideas. Teams will pitch the ideas with the most market feasible pitch winning a cash prize and an opportunity to further develop their solution with researchers, suppliers and potential clients. WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?If you are involved in information technology or innovative emerging telecommunications you may would do well to register to participate as an individual interested in being part of a solutions team, or as a company team ready to “pitch’ a solution to business case studies on the day.TEAM TICKETSA ConnectHACK Team Pitching Tickets is $200 for 2 or more participants and will involve the whole day participation. You may be an accelerating ICT business owner or IT guru, a Telco or established digital technology company, or an entrepreneur with brave new ideas!INDIVIDUAL PITCHING TICKETConnectHACK Individual Pitching Ticket is $50. Individuals will need to indicate if they prefer to “pitch” their solutions as a sole participant, or elect to be included in a Pitching Team based on your unique skills and knowledge. If you are an entrepreneur or student with a passion for telecommunications and want to share your ideas and mix with the best of the best in ICT in Melbourne's South East, this is the category for you. MENTOR TICKET A ConnectHACK Mentor Ticket is free and available to ICT gurus or geeks who wish to offer an advisory capacity to participating pitch teams or individuals. You will need to provide a brief summary of your area of expertise when registering.BUSINESS INTERNET USER TICKET ConnectHACK Business Internet User Tickets are free for any business owner or interested person wanting to hear how emerging technologies can be used NOW or NEXT to solve their existing business challenges in internet connectivity or digital efficiencies. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase what you know is possible in emerging technologies and alternative internet connectivity solutions for business and promote what you can offer to attending businesses. You may uncover your next customer or R&D opportunity on the day, or just make some valuable connections with local businesses!