• Last updated:
  • 19 Jun 2017

Council's Hackfest 2016 was a highly successful event. It was a collaborative environment charged with support and sense of community. $20,000 of prizes were awarded and many innovative ideas were given life.

The intent of Hackfest is utilising a collaborative environment to come up with great solutions and concepts that could benefit the Coast and wider community – all from sharing information in innovative ways. Adding to the Sunshine Coast Smart City theme by creating smart applications from Open Data for business and the community.

Working in teams or individually, HackFest is an event that welcomes all. HackFest needs a mix of skills including:

  • community members
  • entrepreneurs
  • developers
  • designers
  • digital media creators
  • artists
  • story tellers
  • researchers
  • marketers
  • open data enthusiasts
To hack, is to “take something and make it better” and create an outcome over an entire weekend. 

Your ideas – an IdeasFest 

As part of HackFest, council hosts an ongoing online IdeasFest. This is a forum for anyone in the community to contribute and share their ideas and potentially have them selected by participants to be used at the next HackFest. 

IdeasFest is available year round and provides potential participants time to create and develop ideas into solutions. 

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…. 

2016 Partners

Council's Hackfest organisers thank the following partners for their valued support.

Gold partners

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 Spark Bureau Telstra   AWS Cloudtrek

Bronze partners

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entag   Fuji Xerox Microsoft  ANZ Bank 


As part of HackFest, council runs an online IdeasFest. The IdeasFest is the opportunity for the whole Coast community to contribute ideas or issues that can be used to create themes for HackFest.

Your ideas

Council invites ideas for a solution or mobile application that would benefit the Coast community and ideas that help solve a community or business issue.  This can be actioned year round by emailing  with your ideas that can be shared via our 2018 event.

Event details

Hackfest 2017 event details will be available mid 2017. Council plans to facilitate meet-ups throughout the year to foster discussion and networking about using Open Data.