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For the first time CAPHIA is running a Public Health Hackathon in Brisbane 24th – 26th September, 2024. The first of its kind in Australasia, CAPHIA, The School of Public Health, University of Queensland and UQ Ventures will bring together public health students, early career academics, entrepreneurs, community, and industry innovators to investigate a public health problem. 

This event brings together current and future leaders to end domestic violence by leveraging public health approaches with design thinking principles.  

Student teams are supported by both mentors (Public Health academics, industry and community DV experts), and Design Thinking Ambassadors (entrepreneurs, start-up and spin out founders) to utilse both topic-specific knowledge and design thinking processes. 

Theme: Preventing Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a critical public health issue that has significant and long-lasting impacts on health and wellbeing – particularly for women and their children. Domestic Violence occurs in all sections of society however it disproportionally effects priority populations.

Driven by gender inequality and reinforced through individual behaviours and beliefs, social norms, policies, laws and organisations, a whole society and systems approach is needed to prevent domestic violence. To find out more about the theme see our FAQs page

Everyone has a role to play in ending domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Hackathon Challenges:

Public Health student teams will choose one of the following challenges to collaboratively investigate, analyse and build a solution to contribute to the prevention of domestic violence:


Create safe spaces in the communities that we belong?


Support men and boys to take action and become allies in preventing domestic and family violence?


Change attitudes and beliefs about gender in our communities?


Day 1: Meet the hackathon team, learn more about the theme and challenges

Day 2: Take a deep dive into the problem and potential solutions. Guidance from public health and domestic violence experts as well as design thinking ambassadors.

Day 3: Practice your Pitch with expert innovators and entrepreneurs. Pitch to the 100+ delegates at the 2024 CAPHIA Teaching and Learning Forum

Teams will be trained in Design Thinking throughout the Hackathon to develop their capabilities with this social innovation toolset. 

See our FAQs page for further details.

Event Details

Teams: 4-5 x students 

Eligibility: Current Public Health students from CAPHIA member institutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Dates: Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 September 2024

Mode: In person 

Location: Saint Lucia Campus, Meanjin (Brisbane), University of Queensland. The Hackathon will be held in the award-winning Global Change Institute Building and the adjoining Steele Building shared by a spectacular atrium. Take the virtual tour here

Registration: Opens soon. Subscribe to CAPHIA e-news to receive notifications.

Bursaries: Limited travel bursaries will be available across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea to optimse student participation. Opening Soon. 

To maximise connection and collaboration across our community the Hackathon occurs in the same week as our annual Teaching and Learning Forum and our Heads of Schools Summit.

Find out more about the Forum