30 May 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, 48 Druitt Street, Sydney 2000

Event Description

Within the entrepreneurial and startup space, you may have come across a hackathon, but may not have been sure how to get involved or participate.

Hackathons are a design sprint-like event where programmers, designers, and project managers come together with the goal of creating a functioning product — or solution by the end of the event.

But what if you’re not a tech-wiz, could you still benefit from a hackathon?

While it is important to have a developer on your team, there is not only room but a requirement for a variety of skills in order to successfully identify and solve a problem.

At our event, Hacking Without Code: A beginner’s Guide to Hackathons, we’ll explore:

  • The format and flow of hackathons
  • What skills are valuable in hackathon teams
  • How to find the right team to be a part of
  • How to find hackathon themes or organisations, you align with
  • What you can gain from personally and professionally from hackathon participation
Angela Bee Chan

Founder and CEO of Hackathons Australia

Angela is Australia's Innovation Hacker. She loves bringing diverse groups of people together, using the unique strengths of individuals to collaborate and solve problems, and learning and experimenting with emerging technologies.

Angela is the Founder and CEO of Hackathons Australia, having participated, mentored, organised and supported over 300 hackathons. She views her extensive engagement with hackathons as her 'second university degree'. That's also how she landed her job running Innovation and Growth at Schneider Electric.

Livia Lam

Innovation Solutions Manager at Commonwealth Bank

Livia is an avid hackathon participant and an Innovation Solutions Manager working within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Sydney Innovation Lab. She specialises in User Experience Research, with previous roles across the banking, government, and health industries.

The Innovation Labs are creative spaces where staff, customers and partners collaborate to rapidly explore, ideate, prototype, test, and build concepts and customer centred products. She explores the art of what is possible to build solutions that are innovative, impactful and valuable. She specialises in emerging technologies including blockchain, social robotics, embodied AI and voice assistants.

Joseph Hilsberg

Associate at Accenture

Joseph is an associate at Accenture who’s passionate about data and decision making. He attended his first hackathon in high school and 10+ more since then. He is constantly trying out new technologies and ideas at hackathons on weekends and enjoys meeting new people there.

Yasmeen Elkhodr

Connection Coordinator at UTS Startups

Yasmeen is a mish mash of many skills. She graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science, but has worked within the innovation and hackathon space for the last 5 years. She actually began her career as an event coordinator for Sydney StartupBus back 2015 and since then has helped organise many hackathons across several industries. Yasmeen currently works within UTS Startups as the Connection Coordinator where she keeps track of the 232 startups housed at the UTS incubator and works to connect them to as many opportunities as she can.

Laura Rojas

Ex-Vibewire Executive Director

As a medical science graduate, Laura cut her teeth in the startup space entering the hackathon circuit. After a suggestion from a friend, she fell in love with the fast paced nature of the competition. To date, Laura has participated in numerous hackathons, whether participating, judging, mentoring, facilitating or running.

Dates and fees


30 May 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
48 Druitt Street,
Sydney 2000

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