• Providing an opportunity for personal development and network building
  • Enabling innovation for greater good
  • Support the evolution and democratisation of open government data
  • Supporting the government STEM agenda – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Creating a new community and its self governance going forward

Hackathon Sponsors


Supreme Idea - Expert Eval

HP Android tablets, 1 per team member (10max)

Popular Choice

$500 cash prize, 1 per team member (10max)

Big Idea or Concept (Non technical)

Variety of 5 Nokia Lumia smartphones, 1 per team member (5 Max)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


To be eligible the project must have at least one registered HACKAKL particpant as its submitter.

We are technology agnostic.


Your submission is part of your creative process, video, graphics and and preseations are strongly encouraged. Your abilty to communicate your ideas is as important and the final deliverable.

Perhaps you need a comms person on your team to help get your idea over?


John Hanna

John Hanna
CEO, Network for Learning

Charles Walker

Charles Walker
Co-Director Colab

Candace Kinser

Candace Kinser
CEO, NZ Technology Industry Association

Roger Jones

Roger Jones
GM Business Technology- Auckland Transport

Louise Webster

Louise Webster
CEO, Innovation Council, NZ

Stephen England-Hall

Stephen England-Hall
CEO, Loyalty NZ

Rod Snodgrass

Rod Snodgrass
CEO, Telecom Digital Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Investor Appeal
    What potential does the hack have to attract angel investment or sponsorship to its next stage?

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