EnergyLab Brisbane Smart Energy Hackathon

Organized by EnergyLab
The Precinct, Fortitude Valley
From Nov 9th 2018
To Nov 10th 2018
See the website


The energy sector is being disrupted, and technological change brings new opportunities. Solar panels, batteries, electric vehicles, over-the-internet metering, control systems, artificial intelligence, drones, telecommunications. Everywhere you look things are changing, fast. Startups that take advantage of smart energy trends will have the opportunity to create a massive impact. Who will be the Facebook, Amazon and Uber of the emerging smart energy sector? If you want the answer to be 'you' then come along to the EnergyLab Brisbane Smart Energy Hackathon!

The EnergyLab Brisbane Smart Energy Hackathon is designed to bring people interested in energy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts. 

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: 5:30pm Friday 9th November to 7:00pm Saturday 10th November

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

Cost: Early bird price of $10 for participants until midnight 4 November, $20 thereafter - includes all meals, snacks and drinks. $5 if you just want to watch the pitches and attend the networking drinks afterwards. 


The winning team will receive a prize package to help them get their idea off the ground. 

A guaranteed spot in EnergyLab's Pre-Acceleration Program, which includes three business coaching sessions and two tailored workshops

A hot desk membership in EnergyLab's Brisbane CBD office for the duration of the Pre-Acceleration Program


Friday 9th November

5:30pm: Arrive, have something to drink and eat, and start to get to know your fellow participants

6:00pm: Presentations to provide inspiration, resources and information on what the next 24 hours will entail

7:30pm: Dinner, team formation, and team registration

8:30pm: Go home and rest (or keep working)

Saturday 10th November

8:00am: Doors open and breakfast served

Work in your teams with help from some mentors

12:30pm: Lunch served

Optional presentation practice

4:45pm: Submissions due

5:00pm: 5-minute presentation by each team followed by questions from the judges

6:00pm: Drinks to celebrate all you've achieved in 24 hours with winners announced by 7:00pm


The following speakers with provide inspiration for your ideas by presenting real-world challenges and data to work with:

Dean Comber, Product Manager Customer Inverter Systems, Ergon Energy Network, Energex


Nick Lake, Co-founder and Executive Director, EnergyLab

Brett Moore, General Manager Digital Feasibility & Enablement – Strategy, Asset Safety & Performance

Patrick Matweew, CEO, Redback Technologies

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 Saturday with. Before the event you will be invited to a Facebook Group and Friday night will start off with some casual networking over drinks. During the presentations, everyone will introduce themselves so you know who else is looking for team members. During dinner, the organiser will help match individuals together and make sure no one is left out. 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 Saturday.

I have another question, who can I talk to? 

Send Odette Lawler an email to

About EnergyLab

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

Our Partners

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

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