EnergyLab Bioenergy Australia Hackathon

Organized by EnergyLab
The Precinct, Fortitude Valley
From Oct 15th 2018
To Oct 16th 2018
See the website


Want to help decarbonise our energy systems? Or is your fight the war on waste? Bioenergy may be the magic weapon to both. Bioenergy is the world's primary source of renewable energy and yet opportunities still abound to generate fuel, heat and power from sustainably-sourced organic matter. There are huge possibilities for this sector to change the way that we create, and view, energy. 

EnergyLab and Bioenergy Australia have teamed up to run this two-day event to bring people interested in bioenergy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts.

If you're interested in starting a business in bioenergy, come along and join a group of like-minded individuals to explore new ideas and opportunities for startups in this sector, with the opportunity to win some amazing prizes!

We'll provide everything you need, including great workspaces, all meals, and plenty of snacks to keep you fuelled! Teams will recieve mentoring from industry, business and tech experts to develop their ideas, business models and pitches.

Participants who register by 3 October will receive the Early Bird registration price of $10.

EnergyLab is committed to growing new energy businesses that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We strive for equality, inclusivity and accessibility, and we encourage all people to participate in this event. If you have any concerns about attending this event, or the ticket price is a barrier to your attendance, please email

How it works

Inspiration: We'll kick off with a couple quick presentations about problems you might consider solving.

Team forming: You can register as a team if you want, but if you're missing a team member or registering as an individual then we'll help you find teammates. 

Ideation: Once teams are formed the brainstorming begins! Come up with a bunch of ideas and pick the one you want to work on for the rest of the hackathon.  

Developing: We'll leave lots of time for you to develop your ideas, build a prototype if possible, and prepare your presentation. 

Presenting: Each team will present to a panel of judges, who will pick the winning teams. 

Celebrating: Unwind and celebrate what you've achieved in less than 24hrs over a drink and something to eat.

Key Information

Where: The Precinct, 315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4000

When: 10:00am Monday 15th October to 1:30pm Tuesday 16th October

Who: Students, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, hackers, professionals, and anyone else interested in bioenergy. You can register as an individual or as a team.

Cost: $10 for participants (until 3 October, $20 thereafter), including all meals, snacks and drinks. $5 if you just want to watch the pitches and attend the networking drinks afterwards. 


Monday 15 October

10:00am: Arrive, have some morning tea, and start to get to know your fellow participants

10:30am: Presentations to provide inspiration, resources and information on what the weekend will entail

11:30am: Team-building activities (you can skip this if you already have a team)

12:30pm: Lunch and team registration

Work in your teams

6:30pm: Dinner

Work in your teams

9:00pm: Go home and rest (or keep working if you really want to)

Tuesday 16 October

8:00am: Doors open and breakfast served

Work in your teams and optional pitch practice

11:00am: Submissions due

11:15am: 5-minute presentation by each team followed by questions from the judges

12:30pm: Start lunch while the judges deliberate

12:50pm: Winners announced!

1:30pm: Event ends


You are welcome to work on any clean energy startup idea but the focus of this event is bioenergy.


Heather Bone, Director, Bioenergy Australia & MD, RebusJ Sustainability

Dr Georgina Davis, Director, Waste to Opportunity Enterprise, & Board Member, Waste management Association of Australia

Jackson Gerard, Director, Biofuel & Hydrogen Investment at Queensland Government Department of State Development

Nick Lake, Co-Founder & Executive Director, EnergyLab

James Tilbury, Co-Founder & Programs Director, EnergyLab

More mentors to be confirmed


The winning team will receive the following prize package:

A guaranteed place in EnergyLab's Pre-Acceleration Program - includes 3 coaching sessions, 2 workshops, a 3-month hotdesk membership at EnergyLab's Brisbane space located within CEFC offices, and a guaranteed interview for EnergyLab's Acceleration Program

Free ticket for each team member to Bioenergy STRONG Conference Aviation Breakfast - worth $95 per ticket

Free ticket for each team member to Bioenergy STRONG Conference Bioenergy Innovation Awards Evening (to be attended by government dignitaries) - worth $185 per ticket

Free tickets to upcoming Bioenergy Australia workshops

More prizes to be announced.

Frequently asks questions (FAQs)

How many people are allowed in a team?

Teams must contain 2, 3 or 4 people. Teams with 5 or more people in them must break into two or more smaller teams. Individuals can't compete but we will help you find at least one other person to form a team with (see below).

I already have teammates, can I just participate with them?

Yes! As long as you have at least one other person on your team (and your team doesn't have more than four people in it).

I don't know anyone else attending, how will I form a team? 

We have your back! We have built in a number of ways for you to meet other people in the same boat and will help you form a team with people you want to spend the two days with. If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to

Can I still participate if I don't have an idea?

You can! We'll help your team find something interesting to work on. 

Do I have to spend the entire time at The Precinct?

Nope, but we would encourage you to. It's a great venue and we'll provide a constant stream of food and drink. However, if you would be more comfortable elsewhere or have other commitments then you're free to come and go. Please just be back in time for the presentations on Tuesday.

I have another question, who can I talk to? 

Send Odette Lawler an email to

About the organisers


EnergyLab is Australia’s leading platform for launching new energy businesses. Our integrated approach draws on the community of clean energy entrepreneurs and offers a range of ways to engage and leverage their ideas, technologies and resources. To read more about EnergyLab head to

Bioenergy Australia

Bioenergy Australia is committed to accelerating Australia’s bioeconomy. Their mission is to foster the bioenergy sector to generate jobs, secure investment, maximise the value of local resources, minimise waste and environmental impact, and develop and promote national bioenergy expertise into international markets. You can read more about Bioenergy Australia at

Our Partners

Thank you to The Precinct for hosting this event and to Hackathons Australia for helping us promote it. 

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