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WA Health Hackathon 2023

October 9, 2023 @ 8:00 am - October 19, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Are you an innovator, developer, technologist, or software guru? Are you keen to improve West Australians’ healthcare through technology and innovation?


Get ready for the WA Health Hackathon 2023!

This year the WA Data Science Innovation Hub (WADSIH) and the Department of Health (DoH) are putting forward six Challenges for WA’s innovators, technologists and software gurus to resolve.

Starting on Monday 9 October, participants will have access to cutting-edge synthetic data, expert mentorship, and a shot at major prizes, plus ongoing support to bring their solutions to life.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this major event in WA’s innovation calendar!

Thanks to our Technical Sponsor Microsoft, enticing prizes and ongoing support await to ensure that prototypes birthed from WA’s innovation ecosystem drive impactful change across the State.

  • Launch: Monday 9 October, 10 -11.30am (139 St Georges Terrace, Perth)
  • Hackathon Weekend: Saturday 14 + Sunday 15 October, 9am – 5pm (Curtin University, Bentley Campus)
  • Finale: Thursday 19 October, 5 -7.30pm (139 St Georges Terrace, Perth)

Register now as a Participant:

  • $15 for participant tickets.
  • All participants need to be part of a team (you can be a solo team member if you wish).
  • Please advise which team you are a member of when registering.
  • All participants will be required to sign a Participation Agreement. A copy of this will also be emailed prior to the commencement of the event.


Download Participant Brochure Here


WA Health Hackathon 2023 Challenges

The six Challenges cover a variety of different elements of WA’s healthcare systems. Each of the Challenges will be paired with supporting data and dedicated mentors. These Challenges are big and complex! They will require participants to dedicate slightly more time to developing and testing their ideas than a normal hackathon would require. To help this we will be having dedicated mentoring sessions and a week-long, moderated chat system to help answer any questions that teams might have.

The six Challenges are:

1. How can we use our data to help improve patient flow through Emergency Departments in WA public hospitals without compromising care quality?

2. How can we improve our surgical and operational planning to reduce patient wait times?

3. Hospitals are often at the end of a long chain of service interactions. How could we use non-health data feeds and optimisation technologies to improve our operational planning for Emergency Departments?

4. A cancer diagnosis is a significant moment for a patient and their support network. It often leads into a long period of treatment and support. Prevention and early detection play a big role in positive outcomes. How could we better track and support cancer patients through this journey? Can we pre-emptively identify potential patients through target interviews and other ongoing, cancer detection programs?

5. Hospitals are complex systems with data being transferred from patient to nurse, to doctor, to surgeon, to GP and back to the patient – all through a variety of technologies. With new technologies emerging every day how could we use artificial intelligence and machine learning to increase efficiencies in clinical practice?

6. Our patients are at the heart of all the health system – we are always trying to do better for you. Using modern digital tools and thinking how can we provide patients with better ways to interact with their care process and provide us feedback?



October 9, 2023 @ 8:00 am
October 19, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


Various locations