Social Innovation Hackathon

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th
November 2018

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Through collaborative creation with customers and partners, Hitachi aims to address shared challenges, exchange ideas and create new value for society by introducing new technologies in sectors such as transportation, mining, agriculture, public safety, and healthcare.

We would like to invite you to participate in the Hitachi Social Innovation Hackathon to generate unique ideas with innovative technologies and business solutions.

Diversity and inclusiveness are important for Hitachi, so we decided to partner with Innovation Dojo which facilitates cross-cultural innovation and entrepreneurship. We are hoping to welcome participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to tackle the challenges together.


Hitachi has 9 companies in Australia employing over 3,650 staff across the region with a consolidated revenue in excess of AUD $2.4bn. With major shareholdings either directly or through one of its group companies, Hitachi has gradually increased its presence and has made significant contributions to the region over the last half a century. With offices spread across all states and territories in Australia, Hitachi offers a wide range of products and services in the region, including but not restricted to; information & telecommunication systems and services, mining technologies and solutions, social infrastructure solutions such as power and rail systems, industrial products and solutions, and consulting services.

Innovation Dojo has been running successful cross-border innovation and entrepreneurship programs since 2016. With companies like Hitachi and Orange Fab Asia, universities like UNSW, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kyushu University with a formula that sees talent solve social and business problems solved with an innovative approach. Cutting edge startups such as VR for language learning company V-KAIWA have been formed, startups looking to enter Japan like health tech startup Beacohealth has been supported with Japan market entry and Japan based researchers such as the team behind LifeChair are being assisted for the launch of their product in Australia. A trusted group of experts run and guide Innovation Dojo and the company has unparalleled capabilities and networks across Australasia in the innovation and startup sphere.


Social Innovation in Agriculture, Mining, and Smart Cities
There are no limits to the social impact you can make on these traditional industries - Be creative and original to tackle the challenges!


How can Australian farmers improve their productivity?

There have been many changes in farming methods over the last 200 years and Australian farmers have had to be adaptable as well as resilient and inventive.

The challenges of access to fresh water, the legacy of high amounts of fertilisers, massive clearing, over grazing, a tyranny of distance, transport costs and feral animals, have tested Australian farmers to their limits. In response, farming has become more mechanised and reliant on technologies, as well as holistic methods as it seeks to become more sustainable.

We would like to explore how Australian farmers can improve their productivity - for example, how can software help farming be more sustainable? And how can existing IoT and Blockchain technologies be applied to farming in new ways?


How will innovation drive safer, smarter and more sustainable operations?

With the current volatility the global mining landscape is experiencing, with slower demand and ongoing economic weakness throughout parts of the world, it’s vital that companies operating within the industry are supported to evolve with the changes.

Hitachi has developed specific capabilities for the Mining industry in the Oceania region, including but not restricted to, Smart Mining Machinery, Fleet Management Systems and Mine Performance Analytics.

We would like to explore how innovation will drive safer, smarter and more sustainable operations. For example, how can IoT and big data help with water scarcity in the mining value chain?

Smart Cities

Can data analytics make cities smarter?

Cities are complex organisms of people, governments, businesses, and organizations, which require holistic solutions that address the needs of all stakeholders.

Through collaborative creation with our customers and partners, Hitachi is providing the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that are helping cities to become safer, more efficient and convenient, while driving economic growth. The challenges of creating safer, more viable cities are constantly changing.

We would like to explore how data analytics can make cities smarter. How can IoT data reduce the road congestion and make the transport safer and more efficient? How can your idea improve the affordability and encourage ethical usage of water and power supply?


The top teams will be invited to pitch at the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum on 21 November 2018, at Hilton Hotel, Sydney CBD.

Total prize money of AUD $10,000 will be granted to those winner(s) of the pitch competition, which will take place at the forum.


10th November

8:30 Door open & Breakfast
9:00 Opening talks
10:00 Team forming
10:15 Hacking starts
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Mentor session
17:30 1st day finish, Closing talk
18:00 Door closes

11th November

8:30 Door open & Breakfast, Hacking starts
10:00 Mentor session
12:30 Lunch
14:30 Final pitch starts
16:00 Final pitch ends
16:15 Winner announcement, Networking
18:00 Door closes


Fishburners Sydney
Level 2, 11 York St, Sydney NSW 2000

Q & A

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The top teams will be invited to pitch their ideas at the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum on 21 November, and have ongoing opportunities to consult with the subject matter experts from Hitachi. There will be a total of $10,000 monetary prizes for the winner(s) of the pitch competition at the forum.
The hackathon is open to everyone 18 or older who wants to design, code, and build new and innovative solutions that solve the big problems. Applicants must be available to attend the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum on 21 November in person.
Yes, you can! Please register your team member's name and email address in the registration form. The maximum number of people per team is 4. Are you a solo problem solver? Don't worry! We will find you team members based on your skill set before we start hacking on the site.
Selection will be made based on how big the impact the solution can make in the market, how unique the idea is, and how realistic and investable the solution will become in coming months.
You are welcome to use our tools and data but it's not required. If you decide to use them, the Hitachi experts from each challenges to help you shape your ideas and answer your questions, which may increase your chances of winning the competition.
You, the participants own any new IP created during the program.
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