Techfugees was founded in 2015 to bring the tech start-up and NGO communities together with refugees settling into a new life in Australia. Our community of 'Hackers, Hipsters, Hustlers and Humanitarians' has grown to many Hackathons and meetups in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. At our events, businesses have been founded, skills learned and friendships made. The model developed in Australia to ‘co-design’ solutions with refugees is now used in the growing global Techfugees movement.

If you’ve never been to a Techfugees event, you’re in for an extraordinary weekend working alongside some of Australia’s most talented and committed tech stars, mentors, designers, business leaders and community people together with newly arrived and settled refugees.

We come together with one objective: to build a community of like-minded people who roll up their sleeves and develop solutions to the challenges faced by refugees when they come to Australia.

Techfugees is now a huge global movement with 15,000 members and dozens of chapters around the world. In Australia, many of the solutions developed at our events are now operating as tech start-ups or social ventures in their own right. This means our weekend events have a lasting positive impact.

And you can be part of it!

Hackathon Sponsors


$15,000 in prizes

1st - $10,000 CASH

CASH Prize

2nd - Academy XI Course Credit

3rd - 1 month free coworking at Fishburners

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Claudia Barriga-Larriviere

Claudia Barriga-Larriviere
Head of People Blue Chilli

Dr Astrid Perry

Dr Astrid Perry
Strategic Policy Manager SSI

Jeremy Kwong-Law

Jeremy Kwong-Law
Partner Grok Ventures

Usman Iftikhar

Usman Iftikhar
Co-Founder and COO of Catalysr

Judging Criteria

  • Product/Market Fit (20pts)
    Who is your customer (Refugee/Service Organisation etc)? How well does the product fit the needs of the problem the team chose to tackle? How user-friendly is the technology? Is it a complete solution, or do they still have a long way to go?
  • Potential Impact (20pts)
    How much impact (quality and quantity) could the solution have?
  • Creativity/Innovation/Wow Factor (20pts)
    How innovative/creative/unique is the hack? Does the hack employ a new/novel approach to solving the problem?
  • Feasibility & Sustainability (20pts)
    What are your barriers to entry or user adoption? How are you addressing those challenges? What is your rollout strategy? Is it scalable and self-sustaining?
  • Accomplishment & Learning (10pts)
    How much did they accomplish in the weekend? Did they demonstrate learning from mentors to help inform a better solution? Did the demo test core assumptions?
  • Team Pitch (10pts)
    How well did the team explain their solution? How well did the demo communicate the idea?

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