New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

NeW Space, Newcastle
From May 8th 2020
To May 9th 2020
See the website


New Futures Hackathon for Water Security will bring together multidisciplinary minds to explore the barriers around water use, pollution and disaster and generate solutions to build a sustainable world. Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.


Water security is the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability.

Only 3 percent of the world’s water is drinkable and water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. More and more countries are experiencing water stress, and increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will suffer recurring water shortages.

Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent and it is especially important that we conserve our water systems. Looking locally, Newcastle and the Hunter Region are experiencing the lowest water levels in our dams in over two decades and are currently in Level 1 water restrictions.

Our population is expected to grow by nearly 120,000 over the next 20 years. At this rate of growth, and with current water usage patterns, total demand is expected to surpass reliable supply by 2036.

Each person has a role to play in protecting our water systems locally and throughout the world.


Best Tech Solution$3,000 cash and a 3-month residency at I2N Hub Hunter Street with specialist mentorship, valued at up to $4,620

Runner-Up Tech Solution $2,000 cash

Rising Star Award $500 cash



New Space

5:30pm - Registration: Check in, grab some food and meet some of the other hackathon participants.

6:15pm - Water Security Panel: Learn from local domain experts as they talk about the challenges within the sector.

6:30pm - Event Info: We’ll go over the event schedule, logistics, datasets and rules. Mentors and domain experts will be introduced.

7pm - Dinner

8pm - Team pitches and formation: Registered without a team? First time to a hackathon? Never fear! This is the opportunity for people with ideas to pitch (2mins) to secure teammates that fill skill gaps.

9pm - WTF is DevPost and Slack? Workshop

11pm - Registration closes: Hackathon teams must register their team name and individual team members via DevPost.



New Space

7am Venue reopens: Idea development and execution commences

8am Breakfast

1pm Lunch

4pm Hack closes: All final projects must be submitted. Then it’s time to prepare your pitch.

5pm Pitches: Teams have 5 minutes to pitch their solution to the judging panel.

6pm Dinner: Time to relax and enjoy a feed after a long day of hacking.

7pm Winners announced: Prizes for the top three teams are announced.

8pm Event close: Get some well-deserved rest knowing you’ve expanded your network and skillset.



Innovation: Full improvement to full breakthrough.

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 has 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.


UON is proud to be able to bring this event alongside City of Newcastle and Hunter Water.



I2N is pleased to bring you this event as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival.


What is I2N?

The University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)fuels the success of innovators and entrepreneurs to build great businesses by connecting them with community, coaching, customers and capital. We do this through a range of programs across our I2N Hubs at Hunter Street, Williamtown, Muswellbrook and Honeysuckle (opening 2021).

Program Partner

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.


You may be photographed or videoed while attending this event: please approach the organiser if you have questions, concerns, or do not wish this to happen.

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