The lived experience of autism is crucial to developing solutions (apps) that are relevant to, and appropriate for the autistic community and autism communities. 


You will need to participate in person. That means you will need to get to and from the ANZ building in Melbourne, located at 100 Queen Street. The Hackathon will be held on the 34th floor. 

If you are interested in participating, you can complete an online Expression of Interest by clicking here. The Expression of Interest survey will take 5-15 minutes to complete. You can start the survey, save your responses and continue at any time.

If you would like complete the Expression of Interest verbally, or would like more information, please email Olivia on ogatfield@autismcrc.com.au.

                      All Expressions of Interest must be completed by                        9am Monday 10th October, 2016.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by 5pm Friday 14th October.


why would i participate?

As a person on the spectrum you are the expert. You will asked to provide your perspective and advice about whether the app being developed is relevant to, and appropriate for, the autistic community.


What would i be doing?

You will be working with a team of hackers and researchers to give your opinion on the apps they are creating. For example, you might test the app and give your opinion on the user interface design and text used.


what skills do i need?

You will need to be familiar with using apps and websites, either on a computer, tablet or smartphone.  You will also need to provide verbal and/or written feedback on the proposed app. 



How much or how little you participate depends on your needs and desire.  You do not need to be at the venue the whole time - you can choose how much or little you participate. We are flexible.

If at any time you are feeling overwhelmed you can go to a designated chill out zone. It will be expected that the Hackathon Teams will work from 6.00pm to 9.00pm Monday, 8.30am to 5.00pm Tuesday, and 8.30am to 4pm Wednesday. 



Hackathons can be noisy as there are lots of people (there is likely to be around 40 people spread across 5-6 teams in the same room).  

We will provide you with a chill out zone that you can go to whenever you like.  We will have sensory objects and ear plugs available, as well as beanbags for relaxation.  There will a designated staff member to assist you throughout the event and help ensure you have everything you need.

As a lot of work needs to be done in a short time at a hackathon, decisions need to be made quickly.  Sometimes not all people will agree and there may not be time to discuss things in detail. The Team Leader will make the final decision.  

If you are selected to participate we will provide you with videos of the environment to help you become familiar with it.  We will also have a closed Facebook group so you can ask questions, see videos of hackathons and get to know other people who will be participating. 

*Please note if you take part in this event you agree that photos or video that may include your image may be used for promotional purposes.  This includes, but is not limited to: social media, media, website brochures/marketing materials or email marketing.



The proposed apps target users across the lifespan, including adults on the spectrum, parents of children on the spectrum and professionals. We will use the information you provide in the Expression of Interest to match your experience and desires to a project.  

Once we have matched people to a project, we will give them as much information as possible.  This will include introductions to other people on the team.



Yes.  If you attend in person, we will have a support person for you to help meet your needs.  You can also bring a support person with you.


what will be provided?

We will provide the equipment you need to participate, that is, tech devices. We will have a chill out zone for you and provide finger food on the Monday night, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Dietary requirements, such as dairy and/or gluten free can be accommodated. 


What should i wear?

Hackathons are not formal events. You should dress casually and in comfortable clothes and shoes e.g. jeans, a t-shirt and sneakers. 



If you want more information, please email Olivia Gatfield at ogatfield@autismcrc.com.au