2017 Winners
  • Last updated:
  • 21 Jun 2018

The 2017 HackFest competition comprised of:

  • 46 hours
  • 10 teams
  • 30 SCC volunteers, including some remote
  • 9 external mentors
  • 22 participants - ranging in age from 11 years & well and truly beyond
  • Over $45000 value in prizes
  • Hardware of almost $10000 -70% of entries included hardware or IoT devices… one included a plant!
  • Variety of business mentoring options worth over $15000
  • 2 new categories - Hardware Hack & partnering with Horizon Art & Culture for a place in 2018/19.

The participant skill range included:

Software developers

Electrical engineering student 

Senior ICT lecturer from USC Bachelor ICT students  Local artists 
Management consultant Internet marketing strategist Volunteers from local not for profits Local school students Various professionals 

The ever-expanding Internet of Things and the exponential growth of big data have created some interesting problems. The average person retrieving useful information from freshly gathered data is far too difficult. Not everyone is technologically-minded and for those people logging on to portals, interpreting dashboards, and finding meaning from the data can be difficult. There needs to be a better method to present the data in an instantaneously accessible, interpretable and ultimately engaging manner that anybody can easily use.

To tackle this problem, we have decided to implement a chat-bot operating through Facebook Messenger which conveys useful data to the user with personality. In order to demonstrate these real-time processing capabilities, we have also developed a sensor array to monitor our house’s pot plant, La’Verne the Fern.

The PickMeUp app is designed to ease congestion at school pick up time by using geolocation of the parent’s phone as they enter the pickup area to trigger a push notification to the child’s smart watch or device to tell them when to move into the same zone. The aim is to ensure that parent and child arrives at the same point at the same time, making for a quick pick-up and exit, freeing the zone for the next cars.

The solution is particularly appropriate for existing public schools, which do not having the funding or physical capability of investing in a manned traffic flow system. The app could be used on an individual level, but the biggest benefits come from blanket use of the solution for all 2-minute pickup lane users. 

Outdoor exercise equipment is a good idea to foster healthier and more active communities. The equipment is usually expensive and while increasingly popular, there’s plenty of opportunity to increase public participation and usage. To help gauge usage and participation of the equipment, environmental sensors can measure motion and vibrations generated by people using the equipment. This can help end-users gain valuable information about how to use the equipment, and when it will likely be available for use.

Horizon Sync provides a powerful, low-cost, flexible, and reusable solution for creating interactive digital exhibitions and increasing participant interaction.

The software can be used to custom effects, standing 360-degree 'Mexican Wave' patterns through an audience, or to synchronize digital content with a live performance.


ARt Trail is the vision of developing an interactive mural trail where the audience is connected through art to a time and place. The trail can provide an interactive experience where the local murals come alive. Users can have a library of art at their fingertips, and discover the story of our local artists engaging with their environment.

The Colour Collar is an environmentally friendly collar that can light up your pet for a walk at night using glow mode, or using lost mode it can light up if your pet walks away from a Wi-Fi device such as a phone, smart TV, or personal access point.

The Colour Collar has been built as a platform with embedded Wi-Fi capabilities and a micro-controller.  This allows it to be easily extended to include other sensor inputs such as accelerometers for movement, light sensors and IOT based messaging.  For example, an end user could setup a scheduled ‘at home’ ping, that can be used to send an SMS to the owner as soon as the dog moves out of a specified zone. 

Reporting issues to council such as pot holes, graffiti, and damaged assets is not very convenient when you're out and about. One solution created was to use the current SCC app to allow a customer to report an issue by simply taking a photo of it.

The service then sends the photo and customer location to the Snap Report service. The service makes use of machine learning to automatically recognize what has been photographed. A service request can be raised and automatically routed to the responsible officer. If the request is related to an asset, the asset can be identified by querying council’s GIS system using the customer’s location. Once the asset is identified, a work order can be created in council’s asset management system for scheduling. Once the issue has been resolved a push notification can be sent to the originating device to let the customer know the issue has been taken care of.