Are you aged 17 - 25 years old?

Do you have an idea that can change the world?

Welcome to our first HACKATHON and it's all about Starting Something Good.

Our one-day competition is designed to create innovative ideas that can create REAL social challenges. Your aim is creating an idea from scratch and showcase to the audience and our guest judges how it will work as a real business (marketing, finance, technology and design). Thanks to our friends at NAB and GenPact, the three best ideas will take home a cash prize to put towards their ideas along with some amazing career building opportunities. With a star-studded line up of judges from CEOs of Start-ups through to Executives from some of Australia's largest organisations, it’s time to bring your A-Game!


Event Details

2nd February 2017
NAB Auditorium
105 Miller Street, North Sydney
Food & drink provided

Judging Criteria

Want to impress the judges and take home the bragging rights? Keep the criteria in mind when competing. Each idea will be scored on creativity, marketing, finance and impact with a minimum score of 0 and maximum score of 20 points, with the final score being the average of the judges’ scores. See the list of our guest judges below.


  • 8:30 am Doors Open
  • 9 am Opening brief & forming teams. If you are not there, you are not in a team!
  • 9:30 am Brainstorming begins for great ideas
  • 12 pm - 1 pm Working lunch. Lunch is provided.
  • 2:30 pm Crowd voting for top 5 ideas
  • 4 pm - 5 pm Top 5 pitch to the judging panel
  • 6 pm Winner announced and closing

Shaun Cornelius

CEO of Hey You!

Matthew Lawrance

CEO MLC Super and EGM NAB Wealth

Lucy Bretherton

Parramatta City Council

Nitin Bhat

Senior Vice President, GENPACT

Jaymes Boland-Rudder

Head of Government & Community Relations, NRL


NAB Incubator | Cash Prize | Internship

  • First Prize - Cash prize of $2000 and pitch your idea to NAB leadership
  • Second Prize - Cash Prize of $1000 and internship at Connections
  • Third Prize - Cash Prize of $500 and invitation to a sporting event

The competition is open to any local or international students residing in Sydney. The three best ideas will take home a prize.


Do I need to create a team or can I participate as an individual?

If you don't have a team then we'll help you to form one at the info session or on the opening evening. Participants from all ages are invited; however, please contact Connections Australia if you are under 18 (Australia) as alcohol may be present at the event.

Can I apply even if I'm not a university student?

Yes. This event is only open to any individual aged 17-25.

I can't make it on the day. Who do I contact?

If you are unable to attend one of the days or nights, that's OK. Just contact Please note that no refunds will be issued.

What is the cost and what does it involve?

The ticket cost is $20.00 and is valid for the full day. This includes lunch, snacks, coffees and drinks throughout the day. It also includes industry mentoring and support.

Sponsored by

NAB Genpact