22 -23

Urban Innovation Data Hack

Solve challenges, showcase data and harness opportunities for the Melbourne Innovation Districts (MID) in the age of urban digital twins.
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About the Event

In an era marked by rapid urbanisation and technological advancements, cities face unprecedented challenges in managing resources, infrastructure, and services. The concept of urban digital twins emerges as a transformative solution, offering a virtual replica of the physical city that can be analysed and simulated in real-time.

The goal of the Melbourne Innovation District (MID) is to develop a world-class urban district that supports and develops next-generation Melbourne – a place designed to leverage emerging technologies and innovation, and build on our city’s unique characteristics to enhance education and economic outcomes, create new knowledge and city experiences, and enrich inclusion and public amenity.

Co-hosted by the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) and Arup, this hackathon seeks to harness the collective intelligence and creativity of participants to address pressing urban issues affecting the MID. You’ll have the opportunity to work with real-world urban data sets, sensor networks and simulation tools to develop prototypes, applications and data assets that have the potential to drive innovation and address challenges across changing demographics and climate transitions.

Through collaboration in teams, the hackathon aims to break down silos between technology and urban planning, encouraging the development of solutions that are not only technologically advanced but also socially and environmentally responsible and innovative. Through this collaborative effort, you’ll contribute to shaping the future of urban development, making cities more liveable, resilient, and responsive to the evolving needs of the population.

The ARDC is proud to support this hackathon by providing access to Nectar Research Cloud services.

Themes and Challenges

The hack themes include:

  • demographic and workforce transformation
  • climate transition
  • urban digital twins.

The challenges include:

  • the 20-minute innovation district
  • turning down the heat for cool innovation
  • innovation for renewable cities
  • a people-centric innovation district.

Who Should Attend

This event is open to participants from any industry. You may be a:

  • student
  • developer
  • designer
  • data scientist
  • domain expert
  • policy planner
  • communicator
  • project manager
  • person in any other role concerned with urban environments and/or data.

Learn More

For more information, visit the AURIN website.

Do you have questions about this event? Contact AURIN.


22 March 2024 - 23 March 2024


5 to 7 pm; 9 am to 6 pm (AEDT)




Arup Headquarters, Skypark, 1 Melbourne Quarter, 699 Collins St, Docklands, VIC 3008

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