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Hackathon to spark new ideas

8 October 2015

Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy will drive a one-day policy hackathon in Sydney on Saturday, October 17.

Policy Hack, facilitated by leading startup accelerator BlueChilli, will bring together representatives from startups, venture capital funds, accelerators, other components of the innovation ecosystem, higher education, science, research and policy experts from key government departments.

The Federal Coalition Government is committed to making innovation a centrepiece of the Australian economy.

Policy Hack will use the hackathon methodology to nominate, select and work together in mixed teams on new innovation policy ideas.

“Policy Hack is a strong, initial foray into disrupting the traditional policy-making process,” Mr Roy said.

“It’s an opportunity to bring together key innovators and entrepreneurs from around our country to directly engage with the government on how we can foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Participants will be empowered to develop and pitch solutions that will grow agile, innovative and globally-competitive industries in Australia.”

BlueChilli founder and CEO Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin said: “We’re very excited to have a government that’s proactively putting innovation on the national agenda.

“This is a great opportunity for the startup community to get together, workshop ideas and place them directly in front of government.”

More information at policyhack.com.au

What: Policy Hack
Where: BlueChilli, 125 York Street, Sydney
When: Saturday, October 17
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Media contact: Mr Roy's office 07 5432 3177