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RMIT's ThingWorx Hackathon 2018


Solve big problems Create awesome solutions Disrupt the status quo

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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

50 Competitors
10 Teams
18,000 Cash Prize Pool
50,000 Connected Things

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

RMIT Students

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)
Prize Pool
  • 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.  
B Laser cutting machine - condition monitoring.  
B Smart product assembly instruction system. Data driven with Augmented Reality output.  
Augmented Reality instructor to assist in preventing the misuse of child-restraints.  
N Product Testing & Validation Management System. 1st Place
M Improve monitoring and visibility, performance and maintenance of vacuum sewer system. 3rd Place
H HVAC&R machine learning solution for predictive maintenance.  

Tick Tock

RMIT 2018 - Event Program

Hack Schedule

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.

  • Team Photo
    Mark Raphael
    Mark 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.
  • Team Photo
    Rod Hendricks
    Rod 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.
  • Team Photo
    David Graham
    David 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.
  • Team Photo
    Kariza Martin
    Kariza 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.
  • Team Photo
    Allan Thomson
    Allan is the ThingWorx thought leader in Australia.

    He is also the head of tech at Leap Australia.
  • Team Photo
    Bryan Kirchner
    Bryan is the ThingWorx guru.

    He's also an oustanding business analyst and enterprise solution deployment specialist.
  • Team Photo
    Pooja Sah
    Pooja 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.
  • Team Photo
    Darcy Naunton
    Darcy 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.
  • Team Photo
    Danielle Storey
    Danielle 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.
  • Team Photo
    Nick Howard
    Nick 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.
  • Team Photo
    Emma Hendry
    CEO of Hendry Group and experienced executive driven by a goal to create safe and sustainable communities.

    Emma has held executive finance and operations roles.
  • Team Photo
    Estelle Pages
    Estelle 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.
  • Team Photo
    Ms Audrey Zibelman
    CEO 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.

Businesses register here

Nominate an industry problem

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It's a novel, innovative method that increases productivity and efficiency by leveraging the knowledge, skills and short-cuts developed and refined through experience.

An event where people come together to solve problems.

It's a radid application development software platform used to build IoT and similar solutions.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.

Yes. With the correct training and practice building IoT solutions is easy. Take a look at what this student has done.

The hackathon is only accepting problem nominations from businesses that operate in Australia.

To nominate a problem, simply register your interest on this website and one of the organisers will be in touch.

If you want to discuss it first, call Rod Hendricks on 03 8542 7833 or email rod.hendricks@leapaust.com.au

After you’ve registered you'll need to prepare a brief that defines your problem and outlines what you expect as a successful outcome.

The organizing commitee will review your nomination and determine if any of the participating student teams have capabilities that will deliver the required solution. You will then meet the aligned team.

Once you're satisfied you the right team and satisfied with their proposed plan to deliver a solution, the problem will be offically sponsored by your business.

Sponsorship of the problem involves paying a sponsorship fee of $1,800 in return for the solution delivered by the team at the conclusion of the event.

The next step is to provide your problem brief and should include the following;

  • A detailed description of the problem.
  • Criteria that would need to be met to assist the judging panel in determining if the students have successfully solved the problem.
  • A description of any specific hardware and or software that’s particular to the problem.
  • The extent to which you would like to see analytics included in the solution. (e.g. - Anomaly detection, machine learning, predictive maintenance)
  • The extent to which you would like to see Augmented Reality (AR) included in the solution. (e.g. - Operator instructions, service instruction)

Note; the student teams are multi-disciplinary and as such the business case and value proposition parameters can be included as success criteria.

Please can email your problem brief to: registration@thingworxhacks.com

Submissions need to be received no later than 25 June. Submitting early is appreciated to better structure team composition. i.e. more time to get the requirements correctly matched.

When it comes to the type of problem that could be solved using IoT & AR, then really the sky is the limit. From similar previous events, we know that about 80% of problems presented can addressed by a hackathon. Since this is no ordinary hackathon, we plan on helping everyone that submits a problem. For those really massive and super complex problems that requires lots of time and input from the guru’s, we’ll engage RMIT’s research and specialist team to assist in solving the problem in a forum outside the hackathon.

This fee of $1,800 is required only to cover the cash prizes.

To attract the best IoT talent into a competitive environment the most effective carrot is required, and for students that is cash.

3rd and 4th year students from all disciplines across RMIT are participating. {eg. Mechatronics, Industrial Automation, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineerig, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, IT+C, Business, Data Science, Aviation and Aeronautics, Robotics, Architcture and Construction...}

The students will be presented with the pool of problems nominated by industry. After reviewing the problem briefs and with the guidance from their lecturers, supervisors and the tech mentors, the students will tee-up with their peers to form teams.

Teams will be made up members that collectively have all necessary skills to address the problem brief.

Teams will typically be made up of 3-6 students.

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) is an industry-led organisation that represents the entire heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) value chain, from the tradesperson on site through to university-educated engineers, researchers and business leaders. This overarching perspective – and reach to more than 25,000 industry participants – positions AIRAH well to develop and promote a safe, sustainable, healthy and comfortable built environment for Australia’s future.

The 21st century imperatives of emissions reduction and energy productivity present our nation with significant change, challenges and opportunities. It is important that all stakeholders from the built environment and refrigeration sector come together to meet these challenges, because all of us have a part to play in achieving low emissions and in ensuring that technical challenges are met and risks are mitigated.

AIRAH is keen to work with all levels of government to improve the environmental performance and safety considerations of existing and new HVAC&R systems. We envisage a collaborative effort to get and keep positive action firmly on the agenda. AIRAH appreciates that it is important for all stakeholders to understand not only the vital role the HVAC&R industry has in the wider economy, but also the role the industry can play in helping Australia achieve its environmental aspirations, and international and national commitments.

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by deploying the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service and quality of life, and find more economical solutions to common problems.

Thinxtra’s Sigfox nationwide networks – currently being deployed in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong – will cover 95% of the population of those countries by late 2018.

Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Hendry is Australia’s leading, nationally based built-form advisory firm. We provide an integrated whole of life approach to safeguard your portfolio assets.

An authority on statutory compliance, risk mitigation, asset optimisation and future-proofing, combined with our expertise in technology and innovation, we validate and assess the compliance and protection of buildings and their occupants.

Hendry’s philosophy is to put the power back into your hands and we deliver customisable and predictive analytics, empowering operational transparency, accuracy and efficiency. An advisory in digitalisation and Smart Cities technology, our suite of digital tools allow our clients to view the whole story of their data, as one source of truth.


Emma Hendry

An experienced executive driven by a goal to create safe and sustainable communities. With a double bachelors degree in Commerce and Economics, Emma has held executive finance and operations roles within Hendry. During her transition to CEO, Emma commenced a Masters-level Diploma in Financial Strategy at Oxford University. She graduated with an Executive MBA with distinction.

Emma is driven by innovation and finding ‘better, smarter ways’. Under her leadership Hendry continues to lead the built-form advisory industry with innovative solutions and new technology. Championing collaborative, solution-driven operations has led Emma to implement projects and partnerships with universities, research institutions and other commercial entities. As a female CEO in a male-dominated industry she is an active role-model, and passionate about promoting diversity, with a focus on supporting women to pursue leadership roles.


RMIT Student Registration

If you're ready to raise your profile and showcase your problem solving skills, register to participate in RMIT's IoT & AR hackathon.

Students from all disciplines are invited. Coding skills are not mandatory.

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