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The Future of Transport in Melbourne Hackathon

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EnergyLab Melbourne

Level 5, 204 Lygon Street

Carlton, VIC 3053


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Trams are a Melbourne icon. However, whilst our livable city may renowned for transportation, there is a desperate need for innovation in this sector. Transport infrastructure, technology and ideas are outdated and the opportunities for startups to create transportation change are endless.

We are finished talking, it's time for action. EnergyLab has been talking about the future of transport in Melbourne over three events exploring electric vehicle, transportation trends and policy. The Future of Transport in Melbourne Hackathon is designed to bring people interested in clean energy innovation together to brainstorm, develop and demonstrate new business concepts.

EnergyLab is committed to growing new energy businesses that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We strive for equality, inclusivity and accessibility, and we encourage all people to participate in this event. If you have any concerns about attending this event, or the ticket price is a barrier to your attendance, please email riley@energylab.org.au.

How it works

  1. Inspiration: We'll kick off with a couple quick presentations about problems you might consider solving.

  2. Team forming: You can register as a team if you want, but if you're missing a team member or registering as an individual then we'll help you find teammates.

  3. Ideation: Once teams are formed the brainstorming begins! Come up with a bunch of ideas and pick the one you want to work on for the rest of the hackathon.

  4. Developing: We'll leave lots of time for you to develop your ideas, build a prototype if possible, and prepare your presentation.

  5. Presenting: Each team will present to a panel of judges, who will pick the winning teams.

  6. Celebrating: Unwind and celebrate what you've achieved in less than 24hrs over a drink and something to eat.

Key Information

Where: EnergyLab Melbourne, Level 5, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC

When: 5:30pm Friday 16 November to 7:00pm Saturday 17 November

Who: Students, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, hackers, professionals, and anyone else interested in energy startups. You can register as an individual or as a team.

Cost: $20 for participants, including all meals, snacks and drinks. $10 if you just want to watch the pitches and attend the networking drinks afterwards.


Friday 16th November

  • 5:30pm: Arrive, have something to drink and eat, and start to get to know your fellow participants

  • 6:00pm: Presentations to provide inspiration, resources and information on what the next 24 hours will entail

  • 7:30pm: Dinner, team formation, and team registration

  • 8:30pm: Go home and rest (or work if you really want to)

Saturday 17th November

  • 8:00am: Doors open and breakfast served

  • Work in your teams with help from some mentors

  • 12:30pm: Lunch served

  • Optional presentation practice

  • 4:45pm: Submissions due

  • 5:00pm: 5-minute presentation by each team followed by questions from the judges

  • 6:00pm: Drinks to celebrate all you've achieved in 24 hours with winners announced by 7:00pm


You are welcome to work on any transport-focused clean energy startup idea.


To be confirmed.

Frequently asks questions (FAQs)

How many people are allowed in a team?

Teams must contain 2, 3 or 4 people. Teams with 5 or more people in them must break into two or more smaller teams. Individuals can't compete but we will help you find at least one other person to form a team with (see below).

I already have teammates, can I just participate with them?

Yes! As long as you have at least one other person on your team (and your team doesn't have more than four people in it).

I don't know anyone else attending, how will I form a team?

We have your back! We have built in a number of ways for you to meet other people in the same boat and will help you form a team with people you want to spend Saturday with. Before the event you will be invited to a Facebook Group and Friday night will start off with some casual networking over drinks. During the presentations, everyone will introduce themselves so you know who else is looking for team members. During dinner, the organiser will help match individuals together and make sure no one is left out. If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to riley@energylab.org.au.

Can I still participate if I don't have an idea?

You can! We'll help your team find something interesting to work on.

Do I have to spend the entire time at Enterprize Hobart?

Nope, but we would encourage you to. It's a great venue and we'll provide a constant stream of food and drink. However, if you would be more comfortable elsewhere or have other commitments then you're free to come and go. Please just be back in time for the presentations on Saturday.

I have another question, who can I talk to?

Send Riley an email to riley@energylab.org.au.

About EnergyLab

EnergyLab is Australia’s leading platform for launching new energy businesses. Our integrated approach draws on the community of clean energy entrepreneurs and offers a range of ways to engage and leverage their ideas, technologies and resources. To read more about EnergyLab head to energylab.org.au.

Our Partners

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our partners, the University of Melbourne and Hackathons Australia.

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