Spotless Group and Startupbootcamp have partnered to offer startups and tech enthusiasts in Melbourne an opportunity to take part in the Hack at the ‘G event, an Internet of Things (IoT) and data-tech hackathon at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Startupbootcamp was founded in 2010 in Copenhagen with the core idea of supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs as they grow their startups. By 2014, Startupbootcamp had expanded to become the largest startup accelerator in Europe and one of the top three largest in the world, with programs on numerous continents and a network spanning hundreds of cities around the world.
The Spotless Group is Australia and New Zealand’s leading integrated facilities management services provider. The Spotless team of 36,000 people provides essential services to the everyday running of businesses.
The event is an opportunity to design and build prototypes and access the latest IoT technology (supplied and supported by Amazon Web Services, Thinxtra, Sigfox, and Cradlepoint). The organizers are looking for ideas that solve real world problems and eventually, develop a working prototype that can be presented in front of the judges.
Successful teams will win up to $10,000 in cash, with six months of space at Startupbootcamp’s workspace, access to Amazon Web Services, and Sigfox network and development kits also up for grabs.
The hackathon will be held at the MCG on November 21-22, and will ask participants to work across the areas of catering and food services; facility maintenance, including assets, energy management, and grounds; cleaning and waste management; and security.
Trevor Townsend, Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Melbourne, said the organization was excited to offer some interesting business challenges the tech and startup community wouldn’t normally encounter. He says,
IoT makes things come alive and we are looking forward to showing how leading-edge thinking and digital technology will continue to improve and enhance service delivery. This will ultimately benefit Spotless customers and the wider community, from spectators at sporting venues such as the MCG through to people’s experiences at airports.
The event welcomes professional programmers, hackathon veterans, university students, even curious individuals and everyone else also, regardless of experience or technical ability.