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AI for the Environment Hackathon Festival

The AI for the Environment Hackathon Festival is back for another year. 

This year our problems to solve are based on the five Key Environmental Outcomes (AI for the Environment Report 2022). We have expanded these to make them more relevant to all participants in 2023.

We are sourcing use cases from NGOs and citizen science groups to provide real problems to solve that are relevant to each location. These organisations provide subject matter expertise ahead of time and on the day. Participants are also welcome to bring their own problems to solve and we encourage early sharing of these ideas so that we can do our best to help with data sets and technology support.

You will learn many new skills, meet like-minded peers, and network with sponsors and mentors.

At the end of the hackathon you and your team demonstrate your project in front of a judging panel who select the winner. The best four winners have a chance to pitch their idea at the AI Summit 23.

Hackathons are a safe space for people from diverse skill sets to come together around a problem to solve. When forming your team, think about the Dream Team Model of hipsters, hackers, and hustlers – a good mix will help you to be successful.

Hackathon locations: 

  • Auckland | 11-12 August 2023 | academyex and She Sharp

Venue:  academyex | Manuka Room | 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton | Auckland
Registrations close 10 August.

  • Wellington | 14-15 August 2023 | AWS

Venue: AWS Wellington | Level 21/157 Lambton Quay | Wellington Central
Registrations close 11 August.

  • Auckland | 15-16 August 2023 | NZME and Google

Venue:  NZME | iHeart Lounge |  2 Graham Street | Auckland CBD
Registrations close 14 August.

  • Christchurch | 15-16 August 2023 | Callaghan Innovation

Venue: Callaghan Innovation, 5 Sheffield Crescent, Burnside.
Registrations close 14 August.

  • Taranaki | 15-16 August 2023 | PowerCo

Venue: PowerCo | 35 Junction St, New Plymouth.
Registrations close 14 August.

  • Fiji| 18-19 August 2023 | ANZ

Venue: ANZ House, Level 5, Suva – Tagimoucia Conference Room
Registrations close 17 August.

  • Waikato | 19-20 August 2023 | University of Waikato  

Venue: AI Institute, School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, University of Waikato, Gate 8, The University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road.
Registrations close 17 August.

Key dates and times:

  • Bootcamp | 12 July 2023, 5pm – 6pm – a pre-recorded session for participants, which outlines the Hackathon, the problems to solve, planned venue and logistics, datasets and technology.  
  • Live Q&A Session 1 | 24 July, 2023 5pm – 6pm – for participants to clarify questions about the hackathon – from rules of engagement and ideas to datasets and technology.
  • Live Q&A Session 2 | 7 August 2023, 5pm – 6pm
  • Hackathon |11-19 August – each site runs their own hackathon over 48 hours to the same general time frame and within the rules set out. All pitches are recorded and each event selects an overall winner. Each winning pitch is then submitted to the international judging panel.
  • Judging Day | 22 August, 3pm – 4pm via Zoom.
  • AI Summit 2023 | An international judging panel will select the four best solutions who will then have the opportunity to pitch to the AI Summit 2023 in Auckland on 21 September. The audience a the Summit will vote for the overall winner of the Hackathon Festival

Cost: $25 per person (in-person events), $15 per person (online events), $15 for students.
Free for mentors.

Please choose one person to register your team.

Everyone who registers for an in-person event will receive a free AI Hackathon T-shirt at the event.

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Aug 11 - Aug 20
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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