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The next big innovation could be discovered at UHack 2017

Talented teams of designers, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the State will come together to pitch their groundbreaking ideas this weekend, as part of UHack 2017.

Competing for a record prize pool totalling $24,000 towards starting up their innovation or creations, teams will have the chance to work to develop a software application or digital device, a business plan and a pitch video, and present it to a panel of industry leading judges.

Standout ideas and innovations need to be aligned with the University’s five research themes: Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Creativity, Culture and Society; Better Health; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions.

Winning entries from 2016’s inaugural UHack event included the design of a 3D- printed, Wi-Fi-enabled patient bracelet that collected location, blood and heart-related data.

Open to students and the general public, the three-day event will start tonight and be held simultaneously in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.

University of Tasmania Chief information Officer Jeff Murray said UHack would stretch the creative technology and business skills of all teams involved.

“UHack is designed to create competitive environment stretching the creative technology and business skills of the teams.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Tasmania to showcase its unique ability to address vexing global challenges such as the environment, climate change or complex health issues associated with an ageing population.”

UHack is a part of Research Week (4-10 September 2017) at the University of Tasmania which features seminars, forums and workshops showcasing innovative and practical research which is transforming Tasmania and beyond.

UHack is a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, TECH, Computing and Technology, business student societies, Enterprize Hubs and Startup Tasmania. It is supported by businesses including DELL EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Optus, Parallo, RXP, 2PM Services, ServiceNow, Presence of IT, Data#3, Adobe, Insync, Microsoft, Panasonic and Park Lane.

Source: UTAS

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