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ACS launches #flattenthecurvehack

Calls for daring and innovative ideas to fight COVID-19

3 April 2020


ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, is calling for daring and innovative ideas for its online Flatten the Curve hackathon to take place over 48 hours from 6pm on Thursday 9 April.

To be administered by ACS’s Head of Data Science, Steve Nouri, the event will run until Saturday 11 April, so that it doesn’t impact participants’ Easter Sunday. There are roles for participants, mentors, and administrators.

“We are looking for daring and innovative ideas to help Australia to flatten the curve and emerge stronger from the current difficult situation caused by the Coronavirus,” said ACS Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Johnson.

“For working prototypes, #flattenthecurvehack needs a strong, diverse community. That means people with very different perspectives and abilities. You do not need to be a programmer or hacker to contribute.”

The hackathon is open for participants, volunteers and challenges. Submissions on the challenges faced in the current pandemic by individuals and society can come from all areas of the community and can be submitted through the #flattenthecurvehack website.

Participants wanting to work together with others on a creative solution for a current challenge in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and make a meaningful contribution to society are also welcomed. The event is open to all, including motivated hackers, creatives, problem-solvers and developers.

Mentors wanting to join can also register through the website. ACS is looking for mentors from all sectors, particularly those with expertise in a range of fields including Design Thinking and Creativity Methods, IT, Data, Web Design and Multimedia, Business Modelling, Presentation and Pitching.

Registration for all roles and challenges are open now through and close on 9 April at 9.59am, Australian Eastern Time.



Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

About ACS

ACS is the professional association for Australia's technology sector. More than 43,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. ACS strives technology professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on technology and related matters. Visit for more information.