• Last updated:
  • 19 Sep 2017

To ‘hack’ is to take something and make it ‘better’. To help make the Sunshine Coast a healthier, smarter and more creative region, council hosts an annual HackFest competition. 

HackFest aims to encourage our bright sparks, big thinkers, change makers, dreamers, data enthusiasts, inventors, students, and artists to share and develop their creative ideas and find solutions to everyday community problems.

HackFest 2017 will be held at The Hive Business Space in Maroochydore, from Friday night on November 24 to Sunday November 26. 

For you

Hackfest is open to individuals or teams. Last year’s event offered $20,000 in prizes and this year’s prize pool will include a paid internship with council’s ICT department,  a new ‘Urban Ideas’ category has been added in 2017 which caters for participants with an artistic flair.   

If you’re a technical whiz, HackFest is perfect for you too!. This year we’ve added a new ‘Hardware Hack’ which aims to provide hands-on experience and learning with a range of hardware devices.

For us

Hackfest is all about finding new ways to utilise Open Data to find great solutions and concepts that could benefit the Sunshine Coast and beyond. This is especially relevant to our region as we continue to develop the new Maroochydore City Centre which could benefit regional business and the wider community.

Your ideas – an IdeasFest

As part of HackFest, council hosts an online IdeasFest, which is an open community forum to share ideas or value-add to existing ones. IdeasFest is open year round and readily available for potential HackFest participants to create, develop and share their ideas with others. 

Contact us

If you have great ideas, solutions or even an app that could benefit our community, we’d love to hear about it! Refer to the participants guide for competition rules or get in touch with the HackFest team via   

Top 3 entries from HackFest 2016

Coast Live! (Adam & Alison Roth)

An app that provides all of the live music events for the Sunshine Coast by genre, date, location, as well as future events. You can also select favourite acts and be alerted to when these acts are going to be playing. The app also has the ability to provide advertising space for venues or businesses across the coast. It’s ready now for download on to your android device.   

Lucky Dip (Kristin Lucas) 

An interactive app that lets the user select what they want to do, at what type of location as well as how far you want to travel. It then provides all of the areas on the Sunshine Coast where you are able to find these activities according to your selection. You can also add activities and provide feedback and ratings to existing activities.    

Light Trails (m3 – Mark Utting, Michael Lui, Mic Black) 

An interactive light display that uses Wi-Fi data collected by SCC to track a person with a mobile device who is moving through a park or building and automatically change the colour of the lighting display to reflect that persons colour – e.g.  blue or red or green or yellow….