Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID) and NAB are bringing together industry, students and entrepreneurs in the name of healthcare innovation


Atrium, Campus Hub

Building C10A, 1 Central Courtyard

Macquarie University


9am Saturday 25th -

4:30pm Sunday 26th


The Challenge

Using NAB’s unique data-sets and APIs, develop a digital based solution to support, empower and provide insights to health industry customers.






2nd Runner-up



The judging panel will consist of senior experts from the MPID network including representatives from NAB, Macquarie University and the Australian Institute of Health Innovation.

Paul Littleton

GM NAB Health


Danny Fischer

GM Client Solutions & Advisory, Corporate and Institutional Banking


John Shi-Nash

Director, Macquarie Park Innovation District Strategy

Macquarie University

Dr Henry Cutler

Director, Centre for Health Economy, Faculty of Business and Economics

Macquarie University

Dr Farah Magrabi

Associate Professor, Centre for Health Informatics

Australian Institute of Health Innovation




  • Has your team clearly outlined the problem you're trying to solve?
  • Does the solution relate to the problem statement?
  • Does the idea feel achievable, friendly and intuitive?

Utilisation of the APIs and datasets

  • Does the solution effectively make use of the API?
  • Have you produced a working demo (i.e. more than a set of screenshots)?

Value proposition

  • Does the solution have potential?
  • Does the product solve a relevant problem?
  • Does the solution tackle a problem that has been overlooked in the past or does it solve a problem in a new way?

Feasibility and path to market

  • How will your solution reach its target audience?
  • What is the business model?
  • Can the product scale sustainably?
  • How would the solution be implemented and rolled out (beta version, targeted sector/business)?


A two day intensive program where teams develop exciting new ideas within a particular problem space.
The event runs over two days, from 9am on Saturday 25 February until 4:30pm on Sunday 26 February 2017.
While the venue will close from 10pm until 9am on Sunday, the NAB API keys and datasets will remain open should you wish to hack the night away.

By train

Macquarie University train station is located on the Northern Line which runs between Hornsby and the city via Macquarie Park. The station is an easy 15-minute walk away from the event.

By bus

Buses travel through the university on Balaclava Road and University Avenue. Some routes are only accessible from outside the campus, at the bus stops located near the entrances to Macquarie University train station and Macquarie Centre, which are located on Herring Road.

By car

If travelling from the city by car, the fastest way to reach Macquarie is via the Lane Cove tunnel. If travelling from the Hills districts or the greater west, take the M2 motorway. Free parking is available on campus, a permit will be provided when you register for the event.

The event is free! We’re just asking for your time, enthusiasm and ideas.
Anyone aged over 18 years can participate! We’re calling on entrepreneurs, designers, developers and strategists from all disciplines and levels of experience. This means students, academics, professionals and hobbyists from areas such as engineering, IT, business, commerce, medicine, public health, government, design, law, marketing and media are all welcome to join.

Build your network

The hackathon will attract participants with all different skills and backgrounds, and you’ll have a unique opportunity to work closely with them.

Win great prizes

There is $6,000 worth of cash to be won – $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, and $1,000 for third. Prizes will be shared evenly between the winning team’s members and paid by cheque when the event concludes.

See your ideas come to life

Watch as your ideas evolve throughout the event. There may also be an opportunity for winning teams to work with the MPID incubator to commercialise the idea.

You don’t need a team. All participants register as individuals through the registration page. On day one we will coordinate teams based on listed skillsets and areas of interest. At this time, you will have the opportunity to nominate individuals you would prefer to work with.
You’re not required to bring an idea with you – that’s what the hackathon is for! Prior to the event we will brief you on any other information that you need to know.
You can build absolutely anything! As long as your team’s solution addresses the problem statement, anything that you create to benefit healthcare customers is eligible.
How teams interpret and implement the problem statement is up to them.
Please bring a laptop, power cord and any other technology you would like to use. We will have basic stationery available for you.
We will serve lunch and dinner on day one, lunch on day two and will have tea, coffee and snacks available throughout. If you have specific dietary requirements, please bring your own food with you.
Yes. Mentors with entrepreneurship, business, and technology experience will be available throughout the hackathon to push and challenge the teams and their ideas.
We believe rest is important, so we’ll close the venue from 10pm Saturday until 9am on Sunday. For those who want to hack the night away, the NAB API keys and datasets will remain open throughout.
The ideas you come up with during the hackathon belong to you and your team.
Please send an email to