Policy and industry experts collaborating in
a one day policy hackathon.


The Australian Federal Government is committed to making innovation a centrepiece of the economy. A one day event at BlueChilli Sydney on 17 October 2015, PolicyHack was an opportunity for representatives from industry and government to collaborate on developing and pitching innovative solutions to some of Australia’s most pressing policy problems, helping foster the growth of innovation industries in Australia.

Along with Assistant Minister for Innovation Hon. Wyatt Roy MP, BlueChilli brought together representatives from startups, VC funds, accelerators and other components of the innovation ecosystem, with policy experts from government departments to collaborate in a one-day industry policy hackathon.

For a week prior to the event, the Australian community was encouraged to nominate their own policy ideas to support the innovation ecosystem using the OurSay.org platform. The PolicyHack organisers were guided by the ideas, comments and votes contributed to the forum to develop ten themes for exploration at the PolicyHack event, and some of the proponents in the forum were invited to attend and participate on the day.

The hackathon methodology was employed to nominate, select and work together in mixed teams on new government policy ideas designed to foster the growth of innovation industries including tech startups, biotech, agtech, fintech, renewables and resources.