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The Emergency WA Hackathon 2023

23 June, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 25 June, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

The Emergency WA Hackathon 2023
WADSIH is proud to partner with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to bring you the 2023 Emergency WA Hackathon this June!

Are you an innovator, developer, team player, designer or start-up? Are you keen to help West Australians stay safe by applying Generative AI technologies?

The WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH) is proud to partner with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to invite you to attend The Emergency WA Hackathon.

Starting on Friday 23 June, WADSIH and DFES will present seven emergency services related challenges that affect the WA community. These challenges have been uniquely selected as they provide an inspiring launch pad for keen technologists to explore how Generative AI technologies like Chat GPT, Whisper and Dall-E could be used to improve the safety of West Australians.

With an almost $10k prize pool up for grabs this is the perfect space for students and developers to learn how these new Generative AI technologies can be combined for impactful results.

Participants are required to attend the Launch in addition to the Hackathon weekend:

  • Venue: all Hackathon event components will be held at: Riff, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA.
  • Launch: Friday 23 June 5pm – 8pm
  • Hackathon: Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 June 9am – 4pm

Catering provided.

Register now as a Participant:

  • $20 for general admission participant tickets
  • $10 for student participant tickets (university proof of attendance required)



1 x Emergency WA Prize of $2,500

2 x Runner Up Prizes of $1,500

1 x Student Prize of $1,000

1 x Organiser’s Commendation of $1,000

1 x Technical Achievement Prize of $1,500

Teams are eligible to win more than one prize.



What is a Hackathon?

Hackathons are collaborative and innovation focussed events that see participants build prototype solutions to solve challenges. When we say ‘hack’ in this context we mean to encourage quick solving something through a prototype, not breaking into a software system. Solutions are generally software-based programs, but they can also be new designs or even insightful improvements for processes and other issues. Given the time constraints (you’ll only have a weekend!) a prototype can be as simple as a small piece of code, a website or even a presentation. The point is to have fun helping out our community.

What is Generative AI?

You may have heard of technologies like ChatGPT, Dall-E and Midjourney. These software tools use complex maths and lots of data to help create new pieces of text or images based upon prompts provided by their users. At the Emergency WA Hackathon we will be encouraging participants to stitch together these various tools to resolve some of the challenges faced by our Emergency Services.

Is this Hackathon for teams or solo participants?

We encourage participants to team up to build prototypes that solve DFES’ Challenges. You can participate as a solo participant, but we’ve noticed that the teams who have the most fun and tend to do the best are typically made up of between three to four participants.

What if I’m not part of a team?

Don’t worry. At the start of the event, we will help pair you with other like-minded people so you can form a team.

When do I register my solution or team?

Solutions and teams will be officially registered on Saturday morning at 11am.

Can a team member assist us remotely?

Yes, but keep in mind the following requirements

– All team members must have a valid ticket

– Your team and solution must be registered in person at the event space at 11am on Saturday 24th June 2023

– Your solution must be demonstrated in person at the Pitch Event that starts at 1pm on Sunday 25th June 2023.

What is the Pitch Event?

At 1pm on Sunday 25th June 2023 team will have three minutes to ‘pitch’ their idea to our judges. Judges will also have an optional one minute of questions. This pitch can take whatever form you’d like – demonstrations are always a great way to show off what you’ve built. The judges will award the prizes based upon your pitches.

Who are the judges?

The judges will be announced over the course of the next few weeks.

Will there be technical experts on hand, over the weekend for advice and direction?

Yes there will be technical mentors from idoba. There will also be subject matter experts from DFES in attendance.

Will data sets be provided for each of the challenges?

Yes. DFES will be providing data from their internal business processes but teams are also encouraged to seek out and use other open data sources that might help them validate their solution.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, but if you are under the age of 18, you will need to be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

What are my transport and parking options for getting to and from the event?

Transport to the event can be found by visiting the Transperth website. There are also CPP and Wilson parking lots close to the venue.

What do I need to bring along?

This will be an event where we explore how Generative AI techniques can help solve major issues affecting WA. We’d strongly recommend bringing along a laptop and a collaborative mindset!

Food and refreshments will be supplied by the organisers.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions, you can contact WADSIH via LinkedIn or reach out to [email protected].

The Emergency WA Hackathon 2023


23 June, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
25 June, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


WA Data Science Innovation Hub


Riff, powered by Spacecubed
45 Saint Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000 Australia

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