Solving water challenges from space | 11-15 October 2021 | ONLINE 


Calling all innovators excited by the opportunity to solve water challenges by leveraging space technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Build a diverse team to tackle one of our planet's most pressing challenges in this one-week-long H2O HACK innovation challenge held online between 11 and 15 October 2021. Enjoy an exceptional collaborative atmosphere with access to leading mentors from the industry and research, get exposed to rapid workshops to help you generate, evolve and pitch your ideas to win the vote of the judges!

This hackathon is a competition of teams and it is made possible by a collaboration of a number of institutions led by the Centre of Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology and  the Canberra Innovation Network. Apply now, applications close on 8 October 2021.

$20,000 cash in prize money!

It is free to participate but your team can win cash from this pool. Plus:


Throughout the hackathon you will be addressed by inspiring industry and academic experts from our sponsoring organisations.


Experience rapid workshops focusing on ideation, validation, business models and building your skills to pitch your idea with impact.

Mentor Time

We have a truly inspiring and experienced mentor pool you can tap into as you conceptualise and evolve your 'space'-breaking idea.


Opportunity to access sponsors or participate in CBRIN programs (such as Idea 2 Impact), to take your idea to the next level.  

How can you win in the 2021 H2O HACK?

Your team needs to score high in seven criteria plus add something extra to the mix. We are looking for innovative and impactful solutions that are validated, viable, have clear sight of funding, are pitched well and leverage collaboration.

Secret sauce

2021 H2O HACK Challenge Statement

2021 H2O HACK provides an opportunity for ambitious researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop space-based solutions that address the following areas:


Improve the sustainability and resilience of water supplies across Australia.


Increase water-efficiency while maintaining productivity and profitability.


Ensure water quality and maximise environmental, economic and societal outcomes.


Turn arid regional areas into sustainable and productive agricultural regions and reduce effects of flooding. 


Enable different sectors with the ability to collaborate to optimise water use in regional communities.


Overcome connectivity issues in regional areas to enable improved water management.

Download the complete and up-to-date challenge statement.

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2021 H2O HACK Mentors

H2O HACK Mentors come from different fields within the water and space industry, research and governance and a bring a unique mix of experience and connections that will be available to participating teams. We actively encourage more mentors to register from across our support organisations. This Could Be You!

This Could be you

If your organisation would like to be part of the H2O Hack and if you belive you have what it takes to add value to the teams because of your expertise, experience, connections and passion for innovation and mentoring, do not hesitate and put your hand up!

Competition schedule

The hackathon will run over the week of October 11 to 15. You can expect the following 8 sessions to take place:

Orientation: 8 October 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00pm

In the week prior to the hackathon you will be inducted. Team Captains must attend but it will be valuable for all to participate and engage in Q&A.

Opening: 11 October 2021 
09:30 am - 10:00 am

Key session for all participants to be at. The hackathon will be launched, you will be introduced to the challange, addressed by sponsors and organisers.

Workshop 1: 11 October 2021
10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Rapid workshop in ideation and customer validation. You will be led by experienced entrepreneurs who will help you understand your deliverables.

Mentor time 1: 11 October 2021

 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Meet all the mentors. They will visit your table and you can get introduced. After this "speed dating", you can invite any mentor you need to your table.

Workshop 2: 13 October 2021
10:30 am - 1:30pm 

Learn how to design a business model canvas and a comelling pitch. Get support on how these elements can work together to give you an edge.

Mentor time 2: 13 October 2021

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Round 2 of mentor engagement. Make sure you use all the mentors available to improve on your project and get connected to potential customers.

Pitch clinic: 14 October 2021 

10 am - 12 pm Pitch to experts

Get valuable feedback on your draft pitches from thre CBRIN Growth Team. Work further on your pitches to get them ready to vow the judges. Great idea is only the start!

Pitch Event: 15 October 2021 

9 am - 11:30 am 

The final session will take place on 15 October 2021 from 9 to 11:30 am. You will have a short time frame to deliver your pitch. The judges will choose and announce winners before 11.30 am 

Things may be evolving.

This is a link to the live schedule that we will keep updating with links and additional details. Make sure you access it before the hackathon.

2021 H2O HACK Judges

As always, you can expect a stellar panel of judges to put your project / idea under the microscope, considering the above criteria. The panel will be announced prior to the event's start date.





Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind H2OHACK?

H2OHack is delivered by a collaboration between the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology and the Canberra Innovation Network in partnership with many organisations and institutions relevant to the water and space industries.

Do I have to register as a team?

Yes, you apply to register as  a team. To participate in H2OHACK you must be in a registered team of between 3 and 5 people. We will allow a six person team as an absolute maximum.

How much time do I have to commit?

H2OHack will run over five-days with mandatory sessions on Monday 11 October, Wednesday 13 October and Friday 15 october. The times will be between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

I am already working on an idea. Can I use that?

Teams are more than welcome to compete in the hackathon with an existing idea that they are already working on, but will need to be willing to learn and grow their proposed solution.
The workshops and mentor sessions are designed to push teams to test and refine their solution to develop a compelling final pitch for the judges. During a hackathon, ideas may pivot or shift based on customer and mentor feedback which is all a part of the process!

Who owns the ideas?

All submissions to the hackathon remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organisations who developed them. The organisers claim no ownership of nor repsonsibility for the IP generated during the hackathons. It is up to the teams to deal with IP issues.

Is this an in-person event?

No. This is a fully online event and most of the event will be run in Remo. You must have your own equipment and space from which you will participate. A PC with webcam and mic + speakers / earphones will be a minimum requirement. You can check compatibility with the online environment here:


Register your team first, then 'refresh page' and register your team members, connecting them to the team you have registered prior to that. Registrations will close when we reach 15 teams or at 5 pm AEST on 8 October 2021.

2020 H2O HACK in the Media

The ‘H2O Hack: technology to drought-proof the agrifood sector’ online hackathon was held in June 2020 to help stimulate and develop solutions to address Australia’s water shortage."

“Hackathons are innovation playgrounds; they are set up to encourage you to ideate, explore, experiment, fail, learn and change. And then, repeat.” 

What previous participants and mentors had to say

As a 3rd (year) undergraduate, having access to so many well educated and experienced mentors was fantastic, I was able to learn so much about the process of innovation and the agricultural industry in only a week. I would recommend the Hackathon for anyone who enjoys exposing themselves to new things and applying themselves in a competitive setting. I had a great week even though my team took home no accolades!

Adrian McBurnie
University of Canberra, 2020 H2O HACK participant

A great way to learn and network and the pitches were a great way to end.

This format managed to cater for an amazing diversity of proposals each with widely different scales of application.

Excellent tech help and clear instructions, excellent time keeping.


John Evans
Australian National University
2020 H2O HACK mentor
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