Word 'Hackathon' pinned to corkboard

Techfugees Sydney Hackathon 2017
28 October 2017, 9.00am–6.00pm
Fairfield Youth and Community Centre, 55 Vine St, Fairfield

Cost: Free


Get inspired: Join a global community making a huge difference in refugees’ lives and have a ton of fun doing it.

Techfugees was founded in 2015 to bring the tech start-up and NGO communities together with refugees settling into a new life in Australia. The Techfugees community of ‘Hackers, Hipsters, Hustlers and Humanitarians’ has grown to many Hackathons and meetups in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. At the events, businesses have been founded, skills learned and friendships made. The model developed in Australia to ‘co-design’ solutions with refugees is now used in the growing global Techfugees movement.

If you’ve never been to a Techfugees event, you’re in for an extraordinary weekend working alongside some of Australia’s most talented and committed tech stars, mentors, designers, business leaders and community people together with newly arrived and settled refugees.

And you can be part of it!


The next Hackathon will be held at the end of October in Fairfield, one of the most multicultural cities in Australia; more than half the residents were born overseas and over 70 per cent speak a language other than English at home.

The presence of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, coupled with the strength of existing local services, continues to draw migrant and refugee communities to the city.

This hack will bring together developers, designers, entrepreneurs and community members to develop creative tech solutions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been to a Hackathon everyone is welcome and you’ll have tons of fun while learning new skills and meeting lots of great people.

Hacker Teams will develop tech solutions for the settlement challenges articulated by event partner Settlement Services International (SSI), the largest not-for-profit humanitarian settlement organisation in Australia.

The key focus will be on the newly arrived Iraqi/Syrian cohort and themes for the Hack are the challenges that impact settlement:

  • Employment and under-employment where the job does not match professional skills or overseas qualifications
  • Social integration and community connectedness
  • Timely access to support
  • Negotiating life events
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Transitioning to different labour market, education system
  • Financial security
  • Rental stress and securing long-term accommodation close to work/family

Refugees who have already settled in Australia will participate in the event to help teams deeply understand problems and challenges faced by new arrivals. Those who participated in past events know that hearing from and working alongside refugees was an absolute highlight of previous Hackathons.

Leaders from the Tech Community will mentor teams through the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, teams will pitch their solutions to a Judging Panel of Tech and Community Leaders.

There is no cost to participate and wonderful food and snacks will be available all weekend.

Come make a difference, have some fun, learn a lot and help to welcome refugees to the Australian community.

Register online

Subscribe to our e-news updates - all the info you need in one place, delivered to your Inbox once a week.