The lived experience of autism is crucial to developing apps that can transform lives. To get the best outcome, it is crucial that people with the lived experience co-create apps. 


Below are a series of frequently asked questions that may help you decide if you want to participate in the Apps for Autism Hackathon. 


How can I participate?

There are two ways you can participate.

  1. If you can get to and from the ANZ building on Queen Street in Melbourne, you can participate in person. 
  2. You can also be available to participate online.  The project teams can get your input you via email or a software program like Skype. 

If you are interested in participating, you can fill out an expression of interest.  This will be available on this website by (Link Here).


Who may submit an expression of interest?

The lived experience is essential to ensure that what is being developed in appropriate for the autism community.  For that reason, anyone on the autism spectrum is welcome to apply.  You do not need to be over 18 years old if your parent/carer will assist you throughout the event and help ensure you have everything you need.


How much will I need to participate?

How much or how little you participate depends on your needs and desires.  If you are joining us in person, you do not need to be at the venue the whole time- you can choose how much or little you participate.  We are flexible so if you are feeling overwhelmed you can go to a designated quiet room.  It will be expected that the tech teams will work from 8.30am to 5.00pm.

If you are participating online, you can also choose how much or little you 'join' the team.


What will the environment be like?

Sometimes hackathons can be noisy as there are lots of people (perhaps 40 people spread across 5 teams in the same room).  If attending in person, 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 support person 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 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 attending.  We will also ask you to fill out a 'needs and desires' survey.  This will help us meet your specific needs as best we can, for example your dietary and sensory needs.   


What types of software projects will I be working on? 

Once we have chosen the projects we use the information you provide in the expression of interest to match your experience and desires to a project.  For example, if the project is an app for children, we may choose a person who has a child on the spectrum.

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

There is flexibility though so if you would like to change to another team you can do so.


Can I bring a support person?

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.


How do I get more information?

If you want more information, please contact Olivia Gatfield at