Queensland Urban Utilities will be hosting Australia’s first utility-led water hackathon in Brisbane from 23 to 25 February 2018 and has opened for registrations.

Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Sally Prosser, said the weekend hack event was the first of its kind by a water utility in Australia.

“We’re calling on developers, designers, engineers and everyone in between to come up with innovative solutions to real-world challenges facing our industry,” Ms Prosser said.

“We’ll explore a range of exciting futuristic topics, from sustainability in a digital age to investing in smart networks and the role of Blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the water industry.

“Innovation is a major part of our culture at Queensland Urban Utilities and WaterHack18 is an exciting way we can share this with our community.”

The hackathon culminates with teams presenting their ideas to a panel of judges. The best overall team will receive $10,000 from Queensland Urban Utilities to bring their idea to life. Another $15,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs from Challenge Sponsors AECOM, Aurecon and Deloitte.

“It’s not just about the prize money. Hackers will be mentored by industry experts and members of Brisbane’s startup community, so WaterHack18 is a great opportunity to network and build new skills,” Ms Prosser said.

Registrations are $30 and this will be donated to WaterAid to support their important work creating a world where everyone has access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

For information and to register visit www.waterhack.com.au

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