Come and join our first digi.me hackathon Down Under – we’ve got $25K in prizes and a trip to China up for grabs!

We’ve very excited to announce that we are putting on a digi.spark hackathon in Sydney, Australia, from October 26-28 as part of the New South Wales Spark Festival.

As data is set to rain down on Australia with the new Consumer Data Right becoming law, starting with the implementation of opening banking from July 2019, the timing couldn’t be better to create personal data-based apps that can help regional NSW flourish.

These new rights mean working with leading tech firms to create market-ready apps which empower personal data is set to become a very hot area – and that’s where our hackathon comes in.

In collaboration with our Australian partner ID Exchange, and with partners including Alibaba Cloud, we’re looking for 50 of the brightest developers and innovators to help us bring the power of personal data and private sharing to communities in regional NSW Australia. These are areas that don’t have the technical resources of the big cities but which need the same leading-edge products and opportunities as city dwellers.

We looking for app developers (individuals or teams) from start-ups and innovation groups as well as entrepreneurs and students to come together with one mission: to improve the lives of people living in regional communities by empowering them to securely share their personal data with regional operators and beyond.

Attendees can harness the opportunities of the digi.me Consent Access platform, which offers the power of secure, private sharing and fully data compliance capabilitites, using data sets from across financial, social and other data types.

And we have some terrific prizes on offer – the Grand Prize is a trip for four to China for the Alibaba Cloud Computing Conference in China in September 2019, with flights and tickets up to $7000 value. It also includes $10,000 in Ali Cloud credits, and digi.me mentorship to help you develop your app.

The second prize is four mystery airfares to NSW, up to a value of $2000, and $5000 in Ali Cloud credits.

The third prize is $2500 in credits, and gold class movie credits with a cash value of $500. There are also spot prizes including parrot drones, movie tickets, portable chargers and noise cancelling headphones.

Get fired up for the actual event with an invite to the digi.spark launch event on Friday, October 26, then hack across the weekend at UTS Broadway with plenty of food, drink and swag provided. We’ll have industry luminaries and mentors on deck to keep you inspired.

If you join as an individual, you’ll be paired up with a team with diverse skills. If you form a team, make sure you have an iOS or Andriod /React Native developer and designer as part of your crew.

Register now to get your hands on SDKs and data samples (or enter via hackathon IO here) – and check out the digi.me platform for early inspiration, as well as apps that came out of previous hackathons. You can also check out the suite of apps powered by digi.me.

Judges are Joanne Cooper of ID Exchange, Raymond Ma of Alibaba Cloud, Angela Huo of UTS and Grant Augustin of Siss Data.

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