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Thank you for your interest to participate in the innovAGEING Challenge. Registration closed on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 and no further registrations will be accepted.

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What is it?

innovAGEING, Australia’s innovation network for aged services, has announced Australia’s first ever innovAGEING Challenge — a national aged services Hackathon, which will be supported by its Foundation Partners KPMG and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The innovAGEING Challenge will consist of a curriculum component for up to 20 teams delivered online with KPMG at the end of May/early June, with 10 teams selected for an ideation session and Hackathon on 20 June and 21 June 2019.

Why should we take part in it?

The innovation imperative in the aged services industry is clearly pressing as providers respond to market challenges and opportunities. Innovators and start-ups need to collaborate with institutional and incumbent organisations in order to scale-up and grow, to deliver quality support to older Australians, whilst meeting their consumer expectations. The innovAGEING Challenge will give participants access to the knowledge, networks, and innovation labs of an international professional services firm - KPMG, and one of Australia’s largest listed companies - the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Combined with innovAGEING’s links to the aged services industry, the resource and network access for participants is unprecedented.

The top three winning teams will receive a cash prize of:

  • $2,000 for 1st place
  • $1,000 for 2nd place
  • $500 for 3rd place.

The winning teams will also have access to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s mini-incubator program with the possibility of pitching to prospective investors.

How and when is it all happening?

The first part of the innovAGEING Challenge is the curriculum component. This will consist of:

  • A webinar on Thursday, 30 May 2019, and
  • Ideation virtual workshop on Thursday, 6 June 2019.

Following the ideation virtual workshop, teams will submit their ideas, and the top 10 teams will be chosen to progress to the in-person ideation session on Thursday, 20 June 2019, and the innovAGEING Hackathon on Friday, 21 June 2019 hosted at KPMG’s Sydney office at Barangaroo.

How many people are in the team, and how are teams formed?

You can nominate a team of between 2 to 4 people for the innovAGEING Challenge. Your team will be supported by at least one KPMG team member, and if needed a developer and/or designer.

Do we need to come with an idea?

No you don’t, although if you do have an idea or two that’s a great start. The curriculum component of the innovAGEING Challenge will support you to identify and develop ideas.

How do we register?

Thank you for your interest to participate in the innovAGEING Challenge. Registration closed on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 and no further registrations will be accepted.

What will happen with our information?

KPMG will use your personal information to facilitate your registration in the innovAGEING Challenge (including the in-person sessions and the Hackathon), verification of your eligibility for the innovAGEING Challenge, to contact you in relation to innovAGEING Challenge events and the outcome. KPMG will also share your personal information with innovAGEING and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to assist in delivering the Hackathon and innovAGEING Challenge, and each of KPMG, innovAGEING and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia may use your personal information collected during your registration and at any events for promotional activities and marketing purposes.

How can we find out more details about the innovAGEING Challenge?

Following registration, you will be emailed additional details about the innovAGEING Challenge. If you have any questions, you can also contact Merlin Kong, Head of innovAGEING at

Competition Terms and Conditions

The innovAGEING Challenge ("Challenge") is the initiative and responsibility of innovAGEING, which is a program within Leading Age Services Australia and funded by the Australian Government. It is co-hosted by KPMG, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and innovAGEING (Co-Hosts).

The Challenge is void where prohibited by law, and outside Australian jurisdiction.

By participating, you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

There is no entry fee.

The Challenge, which ends at 7:30pm on 21st June 2019, is comprised of:

  • An online curriculum component.
  • An in-person ideation workshop in Sydney at 3:00pm (AEST) and ends at 5:00pm (AEST) on 20 June 2019.
  • A Hackathon in Sydney at 8:00am (AEST) and ends at 7:30pm (AEST) on 21 June 2019. Registrations for the Challenge need to be completed by 29th May 2019 to be eligible to participate in the Challenge.

Please click on each of the Terms and Conditions section titles to read more.

   Who is eligible?

The Hackathon is open to individuals who are:

  • At least eighteen years old.
  • Australian residents and in Australia.
  • Who have formally registered via the provided registration platform.

Participation in the Challenge constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions (“Terms”). The term “you” refers to you and team members registered, the “Participant”.

Employees, and their immediate family members and persons living in the same household, of Co-Host organisations and its respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, fulfilment or other coordinating agencies, individuals providing services to Co-Hosts are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.

KPMG will support each team by making available staff to assist teams on innovation and technology related matters in KPMG’s sole discretion.

   What is involved in participation?

You can participate as a team of 2 to 4 people. Switching teams is not allowed. Participants can only be part of one team, and each team can only have a single entry. Co-Hosts are not responsible for, and will not assist in resolving, any disputes between team members.

Although the curriculum component is delivered online, if you make it to the ideation workshop and Hackathon, you must attend at KPMG Sydney’s office at 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000 on 20 June and 21 June 2019. You must make and pay your own travel and accommodation arrangements and all associated costs and expenses. The Co-Hosts have no responsibility or liability for your costs and expenses in participating in the Challenge. The Co-Hosts also reserve the right to change the date of the Challenge at their discretion.

You, as a Participant, will be required to do the following:

  • Take part in the curriculum component of the Challenge (maximum 20 teams), and pitch your innovation idea.
  • If selected, take part in the in-person ideation workshop (maximum 10 teams).
  • If selected, take part in the Hackathon (maximum 10 teams).
  • Design an innovative aged care service or product.
  • A team may only submit one entry.
  • Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the Challenge criteria may be disqualified.
  • Each team must supply their own laptop(s) to participate.

The initial 20 teams will be determined based on order of registration. Once 20 teams have registered, no more teams will be able to participate.

   How are entries scored?

A panel of 3 judges with relevant expertise will judge the entries according to the following criteria:

  • Has the entry identified a new concept of ageing? (15 points)
  • To what extent has the entry identified and meets consumer demands? (25 points)
  • How commercially practical and viable is the entry in addressing its identified problem? (30 points)
  • How original and creative is the entry? (10 Points)
  • To what extent has the entry exhibited strategic thinking? (20 points)

The above criteria will be applied for the:

  • Curriculum component to decide on the top 10 teams moving to the in-person ideation workshop and Hackathon.
  • The Hackathon — where the entry with the highest overall score (out of 100 points) will win.

The judges’ decision is final. In the event of a tie, judges will deliberate to determine the winner.

At the Hackathon, each Participant or team must be available during the judging period to demonstrate the Participant’s or team’s entry. Judging will be:

  • Conducted in a ‘science fair’ format, which will involve the judges spending time with each team and being able to ask questions about their entry.
  • Judges may inspect entries at any time during the judging period, which will occur from 3:00pm 21st June until 7:00pm 21st June 2019.
  • The top five scoring entries will demonstrate their entry to all Participants and the judges.

If a judge or Participant identifies to Co-Hosts a potential conflict of interest, that judge will not judge the entry with the conflict.

Each entry must be the team’s own creation and developed during the Challenge — it must not have been entered in any other competition or program similar and prior to the Challenge.

Entries may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Terms. Determination of eligibility and compliance is at the sole discretion of the Co-Hosts. Co-Hosts reserve the right to disqualify any entry if the entry or a Participant or a Participant’s team does not comply with these Terms.

   What are the intellectual property considerations?

The Participants and teams represents and warrants that their entries are original and does not and will not infringe the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any third party patents, copyrights or trademarks.

The Co-Hosts will not claim rights to the entries, but may include in communications and media, in whole or in part, any entry, in any manner without further compensation during and after the Challenge.

All Participants acknowledge and agree that Co-Hosts or other Participants or third parties may have developed or commissioned works which are similar to the Participant’s team entry, or may develop something similar in the future, and each Participant waives any claims that Participant may have resulting from any similarities to the entry of Participant’s team.

   What are the prizes and awards?

Prizes from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will be awarded to the top three scoring entries:

  • 1st Place $2,000
  • 2nd Place $1,000
  • 3rd Place $500

This will be awarded within two weeks of the completion of the Challenge.

Additionally, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will provide the top three winning entries access to a mini-incubator program with the possibility of pitching to potential investors at a later date (if entries are deemed commercially ready by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia).

Terms to Challenge prizes and awards include the following:

  • No other cash or substitute prizes are permitted.
  • Co-Hosts will not replace stolen or lost prizes and awards.
  • Winners are responsible for any taxes that may apply to cash prizes.
  • Winners will be announced on the day of the Hackathon.

   Will there be publicity?

By taking part in the Challenge, Participants consent to the use of their name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information, entry and statements attributed to Participant (if true) for advertising and promotional purposes, including without limitation, inclusion in Co-Hosts’ newsletters, Co-Hosts’ website, and any of the Co-Hosts’ social media accounts or outlets without additional compensation.


You agree to release, indemnify, and defend and hold the Co-Hosts and other organisations related to the Challenge harmless from all claims, damages, injuries, expenses, losses to person (or property, business, data, profits), and/or liabilities of any nature (without limitation) that may arise from participation in the Challenge, or acceptance or use of a prize.


The Co-Hosts reserve the right, as their sole discretion, to:

  • Cancel, modify, or suspend the Challenge as it sees fit without liability to the Participants.
  • Disqualify any Participant or team as it sees fit.

The terms are governed by the law of New South Wales, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. Co-Hosts’ failure to enforce any term of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

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