Networked Society Institute
Level 4, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Melbourne VIC 3010

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Kate Murray

AutoHack18 is a unique, extended-form hackathon focused on automation. It is open to all current University of Melbourne students and will run across the summer of 2017/18. The event is hosted by the University of Melbourne's Networked Society Institute and run in collaboration with Ciena and nbn.

The hackathon runs from 1 December to 1 February 2018.

Teams will compete to create an application on-top of Ciena’s industry leading Blue Planet automation tool. You will demonstrate your application to a panel of experts on 1 February 2018, with the winning team the project the project that:

  • Is the most innovative
  • Demonstrates social impact
  • Shows commercial potential


The first prize is a five-day trip to Silicon Valley for three people, courtesy of Ciena.

Second prize is a trip for three to visit the nbn Co Discovery Centre in Sydney.

A People's Choice Award and various incentive awards will be announced during the hackathon.

Team support

The top five ideas of the first pitch round will be supported with $1,000 to purchase hardware.

All teams will have access to Blue Planet and the NSI Open Lab Days.

Here is how AutoHack18 will work:

Workshop 1 - Friday 1 December 2017

An opportunity to learn more about the hackathon, share your ideas, promote your skills, and form your teams. You will leave the workshop with your team organised and hopefully some innovative ideas to start working on. Teams will then have 10 days to get their ideas ready for pitching.

Project Pitch 1 - Tuesday 12 December 2017

Teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The 5 best projects will receiving up to $1,000 for hardware. All teams will continue to compete for the first prize.

Blue Planet - Wednesday 13 December 2017

All hackathon prototypes will be built on top of Ciena's Blue Planet, the industry leading automation platform. On this day, hackers will learn about the capacity and power of Blue Planet. Teams then have until 1 February to build their prototype.

NSI Open Lab sessions - Fridays January 2018

Every Friday during the build stage, Networked Society Institute will open the doors of its lab for participants to meet, collaborate, learn and share. Mentors will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance.

Final Pitch Night - Thursday 1 February 2018

Teams will pitch their ideas to the panel of judges. Winners will be announced, prizes won, and there will be celebrations all round.