Codebrew is CISSA’s annual flagship hackathon for students.

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Ticket Purchase: Codebrew 2021 Ticket on Eventbrite

Team Registration: ONE person from each team to fill out this Google Form

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This year's hackathon will take place over the weekend, where teams comprised of 4-5 students will create a software project under the given theme of “A Post-COVID World”. Participants are asked to brainstorm ideas under 3 different tracks under the given theme:

Track 1: Remote Work & Education

Remote work and education has become the norm over the past year. There is no doubt that these experiences will continue to change in the future for the better. This track is everything related to working, learning, and operating remotely. Hackers are encouraged to brainstorm ideas on how to keep online classes engaging, how to overlook the physical distance and re-create or mimic in-person social interactions, how to facilitate collaboration between teams and how to boost productivity while allowing interhuman connections to thrive.

Track 2: Social Good

The pandemic has seen a spike in divisiveness across race, gender, class and many other facets of humanity. Amidst these unprecedented times, the role of technology in pushing for change in the social good sphere is more crucial than ever before. This track is all about utilising technology to preserve and propel the goodness in society. Hackers are urged to formulate an altruistic response to protect sustainability initiatives, diversity and inclusion, and make a significant contribution to communities at risk.

Track 3: Public Health

“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past.” Reimagining the future of public health in the aftermath of a pandemic is an integral step in an era shaped by it. COVID-19 casts a spotlight on those already subject to unacceptable health inequalities and the vast economic impacts that inevitably come into fruition. Upon being reminded of the value and necessity of public health, this track prompts for technology to be employed in formulating a response to challenges in reinvention of the public health system.


Codebrew welcomes all students regardless of skill level to work through an exhilarating and rewarding 36 hours in a team environment, to experience the joy of coming up with innovative ideas, and the joy of building new things.

With the goal of our hackathon being to develop the participants’ technical knowledge, we will also be holding workshops on topics related to UI/UX design, web development, version control etc. leading up to and during the event. Experienced mentors from industry leaders such as Google, Atlassian, IMC, Microsoft etc. will also be present to provide participants with guidance and offer expert opinions on their ideas.

Come sign up and try your hand at developing and creating innovative technological solutions to contemporary issues in this ever-changing world!


1.      Each individual participating in Codebrew 2021 must signup via EventBrite. You are welcome to organise a team before the event, but if you don't have a team, don't worry! You can still signup and form/join teams on our Discord. Once you have finalised your team, fill out this form. Only one person per team needs to fill this out.

2.      Teams must comprise of 4-5 people.* Teams with less than the required number will be asked to merge. And the organisers reserve the right to relax this restriction at their discretion.

3.      All current university students are welcome to compete!

*Whilst the event serves as an incentive for cross-university collaboration for students, we strongly encourage all teams to find at least one University of Melbourne student. We would ask you to make use of our Discord to seek out a collaborator. If not, the team, regardless of whether they are from the University of Melbourne, are eligible to receive the prize although you may be asked to show evidence of finding a University of Melbourne member. The prizes include winning the Hackathon (in full) and the respective prize draws.


ROUND 1: Video Pitch (Due 3pm Sunday 18th April on Devpost) 

Codebrew 2021 will be using Devpost to showcase your projects and ensure smooth running of the judging process. All teams are required to make a valid submission on Devpost for Round 1 judging. A valid submission in Round 1 is constituted by:

  1. URL link to a publicly visible Github repository that contains all of the code developed for your project.

  2. URL link to a 3-5 minute long pitch video that showcases your project. Any platform that allows the video to be publicly viewed is accepted, e.g. Youtube / Google Drive / Vimeo etc.

  3. Complete project submission on DevPost, including a submission title (we recommend using your project name + a simple tagline for this), photos/videos for your project gallery, and the project description.

ROUND 2: Live Pitch (6pm Monday 19th April on Zoom)

Top 2 teams from each track will be announced at 9am Monday 19th April on all Codebrew socials (FB event, Discord, Codebrew website, Devpost). The 6 teams must prepare a pitch by 6pm Monday 19th April. The order of presentation will be drawn randomly and announced along with the Top 2 teams from each track. The live pitch will be observed by all Codebrew judges and fellow competitors. 

Live pitch must be no longer than 5 minutes per team, followed by 5 minutes of QnA time. All Codebrew judges and fellow competitors will observe the pitch.

Judges will be given a score sheet to fill out during and after each pitch. The score sheet follows the same judging criteria as published on Devpost. Therefore, we recommend building your pitch according to how your product responds to the criterias.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,900 in prizes

Track 1 (Remote Work & Education) Winner

Track 2 (Social Good) Winner

Track 3 (Public Health) Winner

Overall Winner

NOTE: Selected from one of the 3 Track Winners. The Overall Winner receives additional prizes from our sponsors.

Best Idea

Best Technology

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Henry Stevens

Henry Stevens
Software Engineer, ANZ

Novan Allanadi

Novan Allanadi
Software Engineer, ANZ

Keith Lee

Keith Lee
Software Engineer, Google Chrome OS

Ayesha Ahmed

Ayesha Ahmed
Software Engineer Intern, Google

Max Bo

Max Bo
Software Engineer, Google Photos

Matt Lui

Matt Lui
Software Engineer, ANZ

Michael Manoussakis

Michael Manoussakis
Software Engineer, Deloitte

Tina Yu

Tina Yu
Software Engineer, Atlassian

Matt De Bono

Matt De Bono
Software Engineer, Leidos

Kevin Yang

Kevin Yang
Software Engineer, NAB

Judging Criteria

  • Technical - Functionality Criteria 1 (5%)
    Does the product satisfy the minimum functional requirements for the proposed business model?
  • Technical - Functionality Criteria 2 (5%)
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult?
  • Technical - Functionality Criteria 3 (5%)
    Does the product have unique or original features?
  • Technical - Functionality Criteria 4 (5%)
    Did the technological component of the hack make you go "Wow"? Was there anything that particularly stood out?
  • Technical - UI/UX Criteria 1 (5%)
    Does the product look and feel good?
  • Technical - UI/UX Criteria 2 (5%)
    Is the product intuitive and easy to use?
  • Technical - UI/UX Criteria 3 (5%)
    Is the product designed with the target audience in mind?
  • Relevance - Viability Criteria 1 (5%)
    How well does the product address the problem in context?
  • Relevance - Viability Criteria 2 (5%)
    Is there a market for the product?
  • Relevance - Viability Criteria 3 (5%)
    Could this become a real profitable and/or impactful product?
  • Relevance - Viability Criteria 4 (5%)
    Is the product scalable?
  • Relevance - Strategy Criteria 1 (5%)
    Have they identified what features still need to be added to the product?
  • Relevance - Strategy Criteria 2 (5%)
    Are competitors identified and addressed?
  • Relevance - Strategy Criteria 3 (5%)
    Does the product have a sustainable business model?
  • Inspirational - Communication Criteria 1(5%)
    Is the video pitch clear and concise?
  • Inspirational - Communication Criteria 2 (5%)
    Does the pitch include a demonstration of the product?
  • Inspirational - Communication Criteria 3 (5%)
    Is the pitch video engaging and persuasive?
  • Inspirational - Impact Criteria 1 (5%)
    What is the magnitude of the impact of this idea? Is it plausible?
  • Inspirational - Impact Criteria 2 (5%)
    Does the product address the chosen track and correspond to the overarching theme of "A Post-COVID World", and more specifically, their chosen track?
  • Inspirational - Impact Criteria 3 (5%)
    Is the product more than just another generic application? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?

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