August 23rd – 25th

Terrible Ideas happen everywhere: from pottery to programming.

This event is a challenge to create the most terrible, awful, brilliant ideas you can think of! From robot-driven tattoo guns and soleless Jandals to vegemite flavoured fudge and the world’s most professionally bad D&D module, join us in a celebration of failure, creativity, and stupid, terrible decisions.

We’ll be running this event in Sydney, Auckland, and maybe London! This page is for the UNSW Sydney venue.

Join us in Sydney for a celebration of Terrible Ideas!


We won’t be open overnight, so we encourage you make arrangements to get home. We’d strongly recommend public transport where possible, as you’ll likely be quite tired!


  • 6:00 pm – Official kick-off
  • 7:00 pm – Countdown starts
  • 7:30 pm – Dinner & team-forming
  • 9:30 pm – Venue closes for the night


  • 8:00 am – Venue opens
  • 9:00 am – Morning announcements, makerspace opens. Breakfast!
  • 12:00 pm – Mid-day check-in
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 5:00 pm – Dinner
  • 10:00 pm – Makerspace closes & Venue closes


  • 9:00 am – Venue opens
  • 9:30 am – Morning announcements, makerspace opens. Breakfast!
  • 12:00 pm – Mid-day check-in
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 5:00 pm – Deadline for submissions! + Showcase
  • 6:00 pm – Closing ceremony

You’re welcome to stay for as much or as little as you’d like (no need to arrive or leave when we open &  close), but we recommend sticking around for the showcase if you can. You will need to make your own arrangements for transport home on Friday and Saturday nights, as we’re unable to provide a space to sleep overnight.


The hackathon lasts for 46 hours starting on Friday at 6pm.

“Pens-down” is Sunday at 5pm. There will be a chance to showcase work and a closing ceremony too!

The event space will be closed overnight Friday and Saturday. We’re not THAT hardcore!

WHY: Because, just because


This hackathon has been run twice in New Zealand with a huge amount of success and now we wish to share that value with Sydney!

Facilities and what to bring

We will have the MCIC makerspace available for building and the MCIC events space with tables and chairs for working on projects.

If there is anything specific you’d like to use for your project feel free to bring it in! This could include laptops, art supplies, desktop PCs, tools, or electronics! Multi plugs and extension cords could be useful too!


What’s a hackathon without food? Breakfast lunch and dinner will be provided for all attendees!

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