Our ‘Big List of Hackathons’
was started in 2016 as a way to gauge the energy in the startup and innovation sector. As we did last year
, we thought it would be useful to analyse the themes and trends in the hackathons across Australia in 2019.
This year, we have recorded 158 hackathons and there are some interesting themes emerging:
Have we reached peak hack?: Over the last four years the number of hackathons has been rising, domestically and internationally. Last year we recorded 184 hackathons in Australia, but this year was about about 10% down.s
The rise of the internal hack: While public hackathons have dropped, we have facilitated or heard about dozens and dozens of internal hackathons and design jams being run internally by organisations for their staff.
Early and mid-year is hot for hackathons! Last year, September and October were the busiest times for hackathons. This year March and July were the most popular times for innovation and creativity.
Privacy is the priority: Compared with the last couple of years, 2019 has seen a shift in hackathon themes, to focus on data and individual privacy. Sustainability and environmental consciousness has also been a hot topic this year. This is a significant change from last year’s focus on social impact. Although social impact hackathons were still prevalent among this year’s events, the numbers were definitely down on last year.
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