Join forces with the innovation leaders to create digital solutions to real-world industry problems.
RMIT is training the IoT experts for the fastest growing IT and Engineering sectors. To accelerate the process we're bringing together the leading technologies and brightest minds to tackle some of industry's biggest and toughest challenges.
We're inviting RMIT student hack teams to use PTC's ThingWorx to take on on real world problems presented by our industry partners. ThingWorx is the best-in-class Industrial Innovation platform for developing industrial IoT applications and augmented reality (AR) experiences.
Students: solve industry problems using the hackathon to prove your concept or demonstrate a pathway to a solution, and you'll find yourself well on the way to becoming an IoT superstar.
A hackathon with bite!
Designed to deliver results for competitors and industry
Business of all types and sizes have real problems that can be solved by clever application of IoT and AR solutions. The only thing holding them back is the assumption that IoT is difficult and expensive. So we're asking the business community to pose real-world problems and let the RMIT students tackle them.
Everyone's a winner, even if teams don't walk away with a cash and trophy, they will have gained training by experts, real-world problem solving experience, valuable exposure to industry, opportunities to further evolve their hack, pivot into a RMIT research project, pick-up a deal with project sponsors, gain entry to an incubator/accelerator program or secure employment/contracting opportunities.
We're bringing the big challenges directly from industry. The ones that haven't yet been solved. The ones that industry will pay to get resolved.
We're offering big prizes to attract the best creative thinkers and problem solvers.
We're also making available world leading experts, rapid application development tools and a wealth of tech resources.
The focus will be on moving beyond vanilla IoT and driving high value solutions that integrate real-time IoT data with AR, Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning and AI.
Benefits for the competing teams
- Valuable prizes - Cash, software and services
- Acceptance into an incubator/accelerator program
- Opportunity to become a ThingWorx certified developer
- Opportunity to continue working with Industry Project Sponsors
- Media coverage
State of play
Registered Competeting Students
Problem meets problem solver
How this Hackathon works.
Industry Project Sponsors
Business of all types and sizes are encouraged to participate in the event as Industry Project Sponsors (providers) of Proof of Concept (PoC) projects.
The project sponsoring business simply provides;
- A description of the problem/s that they would like resolved with IoT/AR (No more than 2 problems)
- The pain-points of these problems
- What they would expect from the solution
- The benefits and value that can be derived
- A project sponsor registration fee of $1,800
- 3 x 2hr sessions with the mentors and the competing team that has taken on resolving their problem
What does the Industry Project Sponsor receive?
- A completed IoT/AR proof of concept
- The opportunity to scale/transition the PoC into their business
- The opportunity to continue working with the RMIT student team that produced the PoC
- Discounts on the software, hardware and services provided by the Event Sponsor
- Media coverage
- Possible qualification to receive government grant funding
Students currently enrolled at RMIT that have an interest in IoT, AR, IT, Electronics, Engineering, Information Systems, Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship are invited to participate in this hackathon.
Competitor Participation Criteria
- Participants should be teams consisting of 1-6 people, at least 1 team member must be able to publicly present the team's solution when required.
- Participants will engage with Industry Project Sponsors to solve the problem/s they nominate.
- Participants must clearly articulate the problem they will be solving with IoT/AR at the start of the event.
- Participants must connect to real things – devices, databases, other platforms.
- Participants must use ThingWorx for connectivity, user administration, and creating at least 5 mashup/dashboards.
- Judging will favour participants that include elements of analytics and or AR.
- Entrants will be allowed to use ThingWorx to connect to IT/MIS/Social platforms.
- Entrants must show that the results of their hack delivers value – monetary and or social/humanitarian good. Alternatively, the hack may be an early stage development that demonstrates a pathway to creating value in the future. i.e, an enabling or stepping-stone solution.
- It is a friendly competition and as such participants must enter it in the spirit of good will, fairness and honesty.
- Participation for RMIT students is free.
Judging Criteria (Points scoring range)
- Value that the solution delivers (1-10)
- Robustness (1-10)
- Promised vs Delivered solution (1-10)
- Adaptability to other use cases (1-10)
- Pitchability - Has the team adequately communicated the problem, the pain, how well the solution fixes the problem and removes the pain (1-10)
- Integration of Advanced Analytics (1-3 bonus points)
- Integration of AR (1-3 bonus points)
- Best hack as voted by the Industry Project Sponsors (1-3)
- Best hack as voted by the live audience (1-3)
- 1st place - Cash. Amount announced at Pre-hack briefing
- 2nd place - Cash. Amount announced at Pre-hack briefing
- 3rd place - Cash. Amount announced at Pre-hack briefing
- 3-months mentoring for 1st, 2nd & 3rd
- Chow Yin Lai - Most Enterprizing Award
- Mark Raphael - Team Spirit Award
- AMTIL Award for best hack as voted by the industry project sponsors
- IMCRC Award best hack as voted by the live audience
|Download the event flyer|
Problems that industry nominate will be placed a pool. Participating teams can then select a problem or combination of problems from the pool and develop their solution/s during the event and present it to win big prizes, bragging rights and on-going opportunities.
This is the Pool and these are the projects (problems) nominated to date.
|Sponsored by||Problem Description|
|Smart documents, analyse contents, deliver results via MIS and AR.||2nd Place|
|Data capture & processing for Electric Vehicle performance optimisation.|
|Intelligent cable routing for RF transmission towers, using AR to reduce assembly times and reduce/eliminate reworks.|
|Transformer system testing.|
|Laser cutting machine - condition monitoring.|
|Smart product assembly instruction system. Data driven with Augmented Reality output.|
|Augmented Reality instructor to assist in preventing the misuse of child-restraints.|
|Product Testing & Validation Management System.||1st Place|
|Improve monitoring and visibility, performance and maintenance of vacuum sewer system.||3rd Place|
|HVAC&R machine learning solution for predictive maintenance.|
RMIT 2018 - Event Program
|Thu 30 Aug||10am to 6pm||Welcoming address, Introductions, Hack Sessions|
|Fri - 31 Aug||10am to 6pm||Full day of hacking|
|Sat 1 Sep||10:00am to 2:00pm||Presentation of solutions by teams|
|2:00pm to 2:30pm||Judging panel deliberations|
|2:00pm to 3:00pm||Guest Speakers|
|3:00pm to 3:30pm||Awards Ceremony|
|3:30pm to 5:00pm||Networking Party|
The Place to be
Hack Days - Thur Aug 30 & Fri Aug 31
445 Swanston St Melbourne Building 80, Level 4, Room 19
To ensure you keep your eyes on the prize, we'll keep you fed and hydrated.
In addition to the software platform, we'll also provide IoT connectivity and some hardware, sensors, controllers.... We'll discuss your needs at the pre-hack briefings.
Solutions Presentation and Awards Day - Saturday Sep 1st
383 Swanston St Melbourne Building 8, Level 4, Room 13
The 10 teams put it all on the line. Presentation of the hacked solutions to an independant judging panel.
Awards presentation followed by a cocktail party to celebrate and network with industry leaders.
Mark RaphaelMark is Industry Development Manager at RMIT University
Mark is a research and university sector professional with extensive experience managing large scale industry-focused research and organisational change and development projects.
Rod HendricksRod has over 20 years experience helping businesses solve complex problems.
He's an innovator, specialising in developing cash generating assets in the shortest possible time.
David GrahamDavid is the Regional Technical Manager at LEAP Australia.
His mission is to assist Australian industry to innovate rapidly & cost-effectively using our best-in-class engineering solutions.
Kariza MartinKariza is a PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University, sponsored by Boeing Research and Technology.
Her research involves a combination of additive manufacturing and composite materials, taking inspiration from nature. Prior to her PhD she worked in the life management of RAAF aircraft.
Allan ThomsonAllan is the ThingWorx thought leader in Australia.
He is also the head of tech at Leap Australia.
Bryan KirchnerBryan is the ThingWorx guru.
He's also an oustanding business analyst and enterprise solution deployment specialist.
Pooja SahPooja has over 10 years of helping businesses realise their PLM needs.
She is one of the first in Australia to undergo Thingworx Instructor certification, and has a keen interest in all things IoT.
Darcy NauntonDarcy is co-founder of the York Butter Factory, General Partner at Adventure Capital and co-founder of Clover.com.au
He has worked with startups across Australia since 2011 in various capacities including co-founder, investor, mentor, director, consultant and advisor.
Danielle StoreyDanielle is the CEO of the Eastern Innovation Business Centre. A not-for-profit organisation proudly supported by the City of Monash
She works with dozens of Founders of Accelerating Ventures, Future-focussed professional service providers and corporate innovators.
Nick HowardNick is the Product Development Manager at Buzz Products
Nick's expertise is consumer electronics and integrated business systems, taking initial concepts from research, design, development and manufacturing through to final sales and global activation. <
Emma HendryCEO of Hendry Group and experienced executive driven by a goal to create safe and sustainable communities.
Emma has held executive finance and operations roles.
Estelle PagesEstelle is a Senior Sector Policy Officer for Advanced Manufacturing at DEDJTR
Estelle started her career at a Paris-based consulting firm specialising in operational strategy. She then worked at the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Ms Audrey ZibelmanCEO and MD, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Ms Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States, most recently having held the positions of Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) prior to her appointment as the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2017.