Students from Monash Uni and the University of Melbourne's IT clubs are collaborating on UNIHACK, a 24-hour app building challenge sponsored by some pretty big tech companies. The idea is simple: turn up with your team, cram 24 hours of coding and development, and produce a winning, working app.
The theme of the inaugural UNIHACK in early August is 'discovery', and that's about as much guidance as you'll get. The rules seem pretty relaxed: you own any and all work that you create during the hackathon, and you can do all your planning and concept work beforehand — just no actual development. There are some big sponsors behind UNIHACK, like Freelancer and GitHub, and there should be some pretty stiff competition.
The hackathon is being organised by a partnership between Wired — the Monash Uni student IT club — and CISSA, its counterpart from the University of Melbourne. Prizes are yet to be officially announced, but among other things the winning team will get a sponsorship to attend the PwC Australia Technology Academy. Hopefully some of the teams come up with some interesting homegrown apps! [UNIHACK Melbourne]