Brisbane – June 2-4, 2017

VR Hackathon will be held 2-4 June 2017  at the Brisbane Powerhouse 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005 AUSTRALIA. VR hackathon in Brisbane is co-organized by CSIRO Data61 and Brisbane ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter. This is a cost free event preceding the Web3D 2017 Conference June 5-7, 2017. 

Register Here

The VR Hackathon provides an exploratory environment where disruption, innovation, and creative ideas are brought to life. It looks to bring together crowd sourced knowledge for the advancement of virtual reality and complementary technologies.

This community driven event is focused on bringing together the brightest minds around Brisbane area interested in virtual reality and related technologies to develop innovative hardware and software solutions, have fun, and help build out the future of immersive technologies. 

This year to promote the use of immersive technologies in real world, VR Hackathon will include industry specific challenges: Future Factories, Smarter Mining,  Disaster Resilience, Safe UAVs, Wearable Sensors, Talking Roads, Smart Farm and more.

Check out our previous VR Hackathon 



Registered participants / teams should bring a computer (ideally laptop) to develop on.

During the main event there will be access to Google Cardboards, several HTC Vives and several Hololens.

There will be a range of workshops and lightning talks to fill out the day on Saturday, and mentors will be on hand to help answer questions on a range of VR topics.

A light meal will be provided for registered participants on Friday evening, and lunch is also provided on the Saturday, with thanks to our sponsors.  There is a cafe at the Powerhouse for other refreshments and organisers will assist with dinner options on the Saturday night (cost of dinner not included in the event).

The following will be posted after the Hackathon:

  • DevPost site, including all project submissions
  • Video reel of project demos
  • Playlist of other videos from the event
  • Photos from various photographers



Friday 2nd June – Kickoff

Location: Rooftop Terrace

  • 06:30p – Registration Opens
  • 07:30p – Opening address and Competition Information
  • 08:00p – Team formations and light meal provided
  • 09:45p – Session close

Saturday 3rd June – Main Event

Location: Rooftop Terrace and Turbine Platform

  • 08:00a – Doors open
  • 08:30a – Check-in, test and tag
  • 09:30a – Kickoff
  • 09:30-12:30 – Morning workshop/talk program
  • 01:00p – Lunch provided (sponsored by Dominos)
  • 02:00-06:00 – Afternoon workshop/talk program
  • 10:30p – Session close

Sunday 4th June – Judging and Awards

Location: Turbine Platform

  • 08:30a – Doors open
  • 10:00a – Judging starts
  • 11:30a – Presentations
  • 12:30p – Event close

Hack categories

Prizes will include a FOVE headset, GearVR and Daydream headsets, a one-month membership to Creative Enterprise Australia, and t-shirts.  Categories will cover:

Best VR Experience  
Best use of X3D  
Best Artistic Experience  
Best Audio Experience  
Best Social Experience  
Best GearVR Experience  
Accessibility Award  
Data Visualisation Award  
Energy Awareness Award  
Natural Resources Award  



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Department of Natural Resources and Mines






Anita Havele

Executive Director, Web3D Consortium

Co-chair: Craig James

Research Engineer, CSIRO Energy

Co-Chair: Lex Van Cooten

Director, Immerse Academy

Committee: Alan James

Senior Visualisation and Software Developer, QUT

Committee: Josh Bowden

Applications Support Specialist, CSIRO IM&T

Committee: Leah Gustafson

Teacher, TAFE Queensland

Committee: Stuart Anderson

Research Technician, CSIRO Data61

Committee: Vibhor Pandey

Manager, Market Research and Lead Generation, Brisbane Marketing