An innovative mechanism to problem solve "wicked" public health problems

For the first time CAPHIA is seeking to run the Public Health Hackathon. The first of its kind in Australasia, CAPHIA and the University of Queensland will bring together public health students, early career academics, entrepreneurs, community, and industry innovators to “hack” solutions to wicked problems.

By connecting emerging and existing multi-sector leaders, we can boost our capabilities and capacities for addressing complex societal challenges.

The Hackathon will not be possible without partners and sponsors. Do you know an organisation who may be able to help? Let us know.

Event Details

Teams: 4 x public health students and 1 x early career academic 

Eligibility: CAPHIA members from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Dates: Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 September 2024

Mode: In person 

Location: University of Queensland, Meanjin (Brisbane)



Day 1: Meet the hackathon team, introduction to the challenge

Day 2: A deep dive into the problem and potential solutions

Day 3: Pitch Practice with expert innovators and entrepreneurs. Pitch to the delegates at the 2024 CAPHIA teaching and Learning Forum

Teams are trained in Human-Centred Design Thinking throughout the Hackathon to develop their capabilities with this social innovation toolset. The Early Career Academic serves as both a connection point to their home university and as a public health mentor to guide the development of their solution.

To maximise inclusion across our community we are connecting the Hackathon with our annual Teaching and Learning Forum and our Heads of Schools Summit:

Call for Sponsors and Partners

While CAPHIA makes a big impact in the public health community, we are a small charity and do not receive government funding.

CAPHIA’s mission is to advance public health education, research and workforce development. The Public Health Hackathon is an exciting new mechanism to bring together current and future leaders from across multiple sectors and countries to innovatively solve public health problems.
We are seeking value-aligned organisations to make this possible!