Held during HIC, Hacking Health provides the opportunity for health services, clinicians and technical minds to present a problem/project, which goes into the running to be selected as a focus project during the three day event. Energetic resources (hackers, designers and innovators) dedicate themselves to the solution – a digital workflow innovation.

Any project can be submitted, but targeted areas this year include:

  • mental health
  • linking with the My Health Record
  • health promotion / prevention / wellness and
  • interoperability between health systems and medical technology.

Other areas may include chronic disease management, integrated clinical care, participatory medicine, regional, allied and community health, and system efficiencies and service improvements. All ideas are welcome! Just post your problem on the Sparkboard.


The Sparkboard is an online platform where people register their interest, project ideas are posted, and teams form around those projects leading up to the event. It allows project teams to advertise for certain skills. Once a project idea and team is formed you are encouraged to formally register for the event.

If you have any questions you can contact the Melbourne Hacking Health team.

Still want more information about the types of projects Hacking Health covers? Watch this video to find out more about what happens at Hacking Health and the below video from a Hacking Health co-founder Luc Sirois.

Last year’s projects

Check out last year’s Sparkboard to see previously ‘hacked’ projects.


1st Place – Amelie.ai Development of a guided conversation through artificial Intelligence powered by chatbot.
2nd Place – DSLX- Web Reader for Dyslexics Development of an app that converts web pages into dyslexic friendly format to increase web accessibility.
3rd Place – Renal Mobile App An information resource presented in an interactive and ‘rich’ multimedia streams.
People’s Choice – Patient Experience – CHIMP Child Health Integrated Mobile Passport.


Hacking Health 2015

Check out the 2015 Sparkboard to see more previously ‘hacked’ projects.


Kids Healthy Eating App (Bupa)
Deadly Ears (Queensland Health)
Translation App for Migrants (Access Queensland)


Last year’s sponsors

Last year’s supporters


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  • Language Translation App for Refugees using health and social services
  • Kids Healthy Eating App
  • Asthma Self-Management App
  • Reviewer – A remote review system for telehealth imaging