SouthStart HackFest is a 24 hour coding challenge. You will code all through the night. We'll provide you with food and drinks to keep you energized.

Hackathon Sponsors


$38,240 in prizes

Adelaide City Council Prizes (2)

Cash Prize Cash plus opportunity to pitch for further funding of up to $15,000

Universal App Prize

1 Lumia 930 Windows Phone (device and included accessories) plus others

Azure Prize

1 XBOX One (device and included accessories) plus others

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


To be eligible to be judged for various prizes, you must comply with the prizes requirements:

Adelaide City Council Prizes

Your mission – if you choose to accept it – is to create a working app, website or mobile tool that
presents spatial information of the City of Adelaide in an innovative and user-friendly way using as
many of ACC’s geo-spatial datasets as possible. The main purpose is to provide an avenue for the
community to access information in a useful way so that it’s easier to use and explore the City.
Available datasets that are available include:

• Locations of ‘Great Buildings’
• Free City Connector Bus route plus  points of interest near each bus stop
• Adelaide City Bike Art Trail
• Public Art pieces
• Aboriginal attractions
• Park Lands, including attractions,  parks, playgrounds and assets
• What’s On calendar of events and  activities
• 3D City Model
• Traffic restrictions, including locations of road works, speed restrictions and road closures
• Adelaide City Council assets such as  street furniture, trees etc.
• UPark locations
• City bike network, including cycling  trails and bike lanes
• Bike parking facilities
• Walking and running trails
• Fitness circuits
• Sporting facilities, including ovals,  clubs and courts
• Dog parks and dog off-leash areas
• Picnic and BBQ areas
• Historical walking trails

The above datasets can be accessed during the competition via:
o 3D model (Download 111 Mb)

A number of these datasets are also currently available in open format from the South Australian
Government Data Directory:
can be accessed and reused under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence at any time.

More details on Adelaide City Council Prizes

Windows Universal App Category:

Develop an innovative and well-designed Windows App that works across the Windows device form factors and screens.

Bonus Points Criteria:

- Use Windows Universal App API's
- Use any Microsoft API's
- Quality of the cross device experience taking into account the various usage and mobility factors across devices.

Windows Azure Category:

Develop an original, innovative solution with the use of Microsoft Azure.

Bonus Points Criteria:
- Use Microsoft Azure Platform as a Service components
- Use any Microsoft API's
- Demonstrate innovation using Azure Preview features 

More details on Microsoft Prizes 

IBM Smarter Cities Prize

- Application built on the IBM Bluemix platform and leveraging services found on the IBM
Bluemix catalogue.
- The successful application will promote the development of Adelaide as a smarter city, be delivered on the IBM Bluemix platform and use services from the IBM Bluemix catalogue in innovative ways.

More details on IBM Prize


All codes must be written during HackFest.

You will have 1 minute to demo what you've built. Judges decisions are final. 

In order to ensure all code is written or implemented throughout the weekend, and not prepared beforehand, it is required that each team works within a git repository such as github or bitbucket.

A free private repository (preventing other teams from viewing your project) can be created at

- Sign up for your chosen git platform (if not already registered)
- Invite to your repository
- Invite your teammates!
- Code!

Recommended version control procedure

The following is a guideline to follow throughout the weekends to ensure both fair play and the protection of your code in case of an error. As a general rule, every time you add a piece of functionality to your code, whether it be a function, a new UI module, etc you should commit.

When you commit your code, write in the commit notes what it is you are doing. This enable the moderators to see that you’re playing fair, as well as allowing you to see what each commit is should you need to fork or revert to an earlier revision.
  BitBucket GitHub  


Brian Kealey

Brian Kealey

Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett

Cate Gaston

Cate Gaston
Adelaide City Council

Sam Lomax

Sam Lomax

Damien McDermott

Damien McDermott
IBM Australia

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    The best innovative use of platform, API and dataset.
  • Commercial value
    Usefulness and commercial viability of your product or tool
  • Coding and Design
    The completeness of your product or tool
  • Ease of Use
    Usability and accessibility
  • Quality
    Well thought out and executed
  • Use of geo-spatial datasets
    How many and the way the datasets are used (apply to Adelaide City Council prizes only)

Tell your friends

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.