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Winners announced for Flatten the Curve Hackathon

Call for daring and innovative ideas to fight COVID-19 receives overwhelming response from tech community

15 April 2020


Five teams have won the Flatten The Curve hackathon held over the Easter weekend.

Over 48 hours of intense, white knuckle hacking starting on 9 April, more than 2,400 competitors from 10 different time zones formed teams and set out to solve some of the biggest challenges our nation and world face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted by ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, the online Flatten the Curve hackathon was larger than any previously held in the APAC region and was supported by 40 partners.

Teams competed across five challenge categories for the total $50,000 in prize money with first place taking $5,000; second place winning $3,000; and third place picking up $2,000.

Challenge categories were education, wellness and mental health, future of work, assisting healthcare workers and protecting the vulnerable. All of the entries can be viewed at the ACS Hackathon YouTube page (

Steve Nouri, organiser of the hackathon and Head of Data Science at ACS, said “the scale was larger than any held in APAC before, with so many competitors, mentors and partners from so many backgrounds and time zones.

“With the hackathon totally online, we anticipated challenges in forging trust between teams, communications, accountability and team creation, but the mentors and teams rose to the occasion and delivered a great result.

Ellen Cresswell, lead mentor for the hackathon, added “The energy and creativity from the teams and mentors seemed endless. Many people worked incredibly long hours to complete their submissions.

“For me, it was really rewarding to see diverse teams tackle solutions for the social challenges that we now face as a result of COVID-19. This event wasn’t tech for the sake of tech, it was about finding innovative approaches that could be enabled with creative use of technology, and that’s inspiring.”

Participant Dipam Patel was also impressed by the positive approach taken by the teams and mentors, saying, “thanks so much for the consistent support and words of motivation. We were about to give up but then read a lot of people's positive comments and suggestions and we decided, even if we lose this battle, we’ll at least fight for it. Thanks again for organising such a wonderful hackathon.”

ACS Chief Executive Officer Andrew Johnson said “We recognised that Easter was shaping as a pivotal moment in combating COVID-19.  Many workers and students had been displaced, compounded by employers being encouraged to work from home wherever possible. After working from home for a month, we were heading into a four-day Easter Holiday where it was critical to spend the next four days at home.  This hackathon had a 9-day preparation window and provided an opportunity to put great minds to constructive use over the holiday period. A big thanks to our 40 corporate partners for their support.”

“We had 15 winners across the categories, but there were many other great ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing which ones come to fruition in the coming months as we get the spread of COVID-19 under control.”


Winners by Category


Education Challenge

Winner: Idea 11

2nd place: SkyCap

3rd place: Hacklings


Helping Health Systems

Winner: in-it-to-win-it

2nd place: TeamFAST

3rd place:  Healthcare Hackteam


Protecting the Vulnerable

Winner: UC Engineering Society

2nd place: Covid Crashers

3rd place: Team Carebubble


Future of Work

Winner:  Team U Space

2nd place: BackToLife

3rd place: LSNB


Wellness and Mental Health

Winner:  VIP Party

2nd place: Care Bears

3rd place: Project X



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.