NAB Hackathon Challenge

Are you an individual who has an idea that can solve a challenge and would like to participate in the hackathon as a developer, designer or entrepreneur?




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Challenge One

What will the management of money look like in 2020?

Challenge Two

Using the data, digital channels, platforms and partnerships which power NAB's existing financial services business what other adjacent opportunities could NAB support or enable?



This prize will be awarded to the team with the best solution for either challenge, as judged by our panel.

$10,000 cash, per team


The team in second place for either challenge will receive this prize, as judged by our panel.

$5,000 cash, per team

Winning teams will have the opportunity to work with NAB to commercialise the idea as well as receive mentorship and advice from the NAB Labs and nabAPI teams.


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Murray Hurps

General Manager, Fishburners

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Jon Davey

Executive General Manager of NAB Labs, NAB

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Lee Hatton

CEO, UBank

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Anne Bennett

General Manager of Wealth Digital and Direct Service, NAB

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Mystery Judge

Venture Capitalist Judge


Each hackathon team's solution, app or prototype must apply to one of the challenges. All ideas will be judged according to the below criteria, against their chosen challenge.

01 The problem and solution

Has the team clearly outlined the problem they are trying to solve? How well have they presented their idea? Does the idea feel achievable, friendly and intuitive?

02 Value proposition

Does the solution have the ability to make our customers' and/or employees' lives better? Does it save money, create opportunity, connect customers, partners and employees?

03 Scalability

Can the solution scale sustainably to service millions of customers? Can the idea spread into other parts of NAB's business?

04 Use of nabAPI (Optional)

Does the solution make use of the nabAPI to perform a piece of business functionality. Is the use of the API a novel idea or a new approach to an old problem? Is the API being used in a secure manner?

05 FAQ'S

What is a hackathon?

A three day intensive program where teams consisting of four to six participants develop exciting new ideas within a particular problem space.

Who can participate?

Anyone who is up for the challenge! We are looking for innovative thinkers with a disruptive mindset, who are keen to collaborate with new people on game changing ideas.

Is there a minimum age to attend?

You need to be 18 years of age or older to compete in this hackathon.

Do I need any particular skills to participate?

No. Participants can come from a variety of skill sets/backgrounds. Individuals with coding, design, innovation and/or business skills are highly encouraged to participate.

Do I have to participate for the entire time?

Yes. All participants are required to be present for the entire duration of the hackathon. We want people who are committed to both the idea and their team.

How are teams formed?

Teams are formed on the first night of the hackathon. Once ideas have been pitched, teams are formed around common interests and complimenting skills.

How many people are in each team?

Four to six people per team.

How much does it cost?

It's free.

Will food be provided?

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided throughout the hackathon.

Is there any support throughout the hackathon?

Yes. Mentors with entrepreneurship and innovation background will be available throughout the hackathon to push and challenge the teams and their ideas. NAB mentors will be available to assist team on bank related matters - NAB API integration etc.

What happens to the ideas at the end of the day and who owns them?

At the end of the hackathon, you and your team retain will ownership over the work that you have developed. However, note that an idea in it's self cannot be protected. Anyone who has been exposed to an idea during the competition may seek to pursue it further.

Can I enter as an individual or do I need a team?

Entries are made on an individual basis. You will form your team with people you meet during the hackathon.

Do I need to come with an idea?

While we encourage participants to come with an idea, it is not compulsory. Participants can come along, listen to other ideas and then join a team who are pursuing an idea that they find interesting.

Where is it being held?

Fishburners office space - 608 Harris Street Ultimo, Sydney. The largest startup co-working space in Australia.

Can I come with a pre-arranged team?

No. The idea is for participants to collaborate with new people on new ideas. Pre-arranged teams will be disqualified.

What do I need to bring?

A disruptive thinking cap.

A hacker-hustler mentality ready to innovate and challenge the status quo.

Computers, iPads and iPhones would be useful.

So, are you up to the challenge?

Are you are an individual who has an idea that can solve a challenge and would like to participate in the hackathon as a developer, designer or entrepeneur?

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