Terrible Ideas happen everywhere:
from pottery to programming.

The Terribles Ideas Hackathon is a 46-hour challenge to create the most terrible, awful, brilliant ideas you can think of. From taser-based chess or an emotionally needy AI controlled Microwave, to soleless Jandals or marmite flavoured fudge. Join us in a celebration of failure, creativity, and stupid, terrible decisions. Wrap it up in your best entrepreneurial flair and present it with your school team for a Terrible Award and infamy.

Your Funeral Pinata might put the fun back in funerals, but is it terrible enough to beat the toilet with an automated bottom wiping arm?

Join us in a celebration of Terrible Ideas!


We won’t be open overnight, so we encourage you to make arrangements to get home.


  • 5:30 pm – Sign-in desk opens.
  • 6:00 pm – Pre-hack gathering. If this is your first Hackathon, this is for you!
  • 6:30 pm – Welcome presentation & official kick-off
  • 7:00 pm – Team-forming
  • 9:30 pm – Venue closes for the night


  • 8:00 am – Venue opens
  • 9:00 am – Morning announcements
  • 12:30 pm – Shared Lunch
  • 5:30 pm – Shared Dinner
  • 9:30 pm – Venue closes


  • 8:00 am – Venue opens
  • 9:00 am – Morning announcements
  • 12:30 pm – Shared Lunch
  • 4:30 pm – Deadline for submissions!
  • 4:45 pm – Present your projects (which are hopefully working!)
  • 6:30 pm – Pack up & closing

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 presentations 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.

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! Questionable Research Labs will also supply a wide range of electronics, tools, and materials for your projects.

WHEN:   8th to 10th of December. 

The hackathon lasts 46 hours starting on Friday 8th December at 6:30 pm. It’s spread over three days, where you can freely come in and out to work on your project.

“Pens-down” is Sunday 10th December at 4:30 pm. There will be a chance to present your work, and explore others in the closing ceremony too!

WHY: Because, just because

WHO: Anyone High School age (13-19)

Anybody can participate, just give it a go! Worst case scenario – you accidentally make a good idea!

WHAT:  Over the three days you will create/make your terrible idea as well as put together a video presentation to pitch your prototype. All participants are encouraged to help out other teams; be promiscuous with your dodgy ideas and making skills. Facilitators and support people will also be on hand to help with obtaining materials and using tools as well as being a source of skills. Completing your project in time will be a challenge, but teetering on the edge of disaster is part of the fun. What could possibly go wrong? 

Plenty of food and drinks will be provided to keep your brain and body functioning.