Working in development can be a pressure-cooker at times, but usually you don’t get to experience this unique joy until you’ve left study and found employment. However, those currently engaged in IT-related TAFE and uni courses in Melbourne can get a taste for crunch this August by competing in UNIHACK, a hackathon being organised by students at the University of Melbourne and Monash uni’s Clayton campus.
UNIHACK tasks competitors to build an application involving “discovery” in 24 hours, though teams — which must have no more than four members — are free to research “tools, concepts and ideas” before actually turning up. You’ll have to bring your own equipment and chargers, however, free wireless internet will be provided.
Registration starts on 8 August from 4pm, with the event itself kicking off an hour later. After a day of rest, teams will present their apps on the 11th at 6:30pm. The entire thing will be held at the York Butter Factory on King Street.
Unlike a certain other Australian hackathon, at the end of it all, you’ll retain all intellectual property produced.
Right now, the event doesn’t have any prizes lined up. That said, it is sponsored by a variety of well-known companies, including GitHub, 99designs, Freelancer, PWC and KPMG, so there’s enough backing there to arrange compelling compensation for the victors.