Students Hack for Happiness in free online event

Riccardo-Annandale-on-UnsplashStudents and graduates are invited to join State Library Victoria’s Hack for Happiness – a free online hackathon aimed at improving happiness on 28 – 29 August 2021.

Run in partnership with Hacker Exchange, the hackathon will challenge participants to develop a tech solution in 48 hours that enhances happiness for a particular segment of the community.

The broad focus on happiness will encourage participants to consider the many paths to joy – from food, to music, wellness, gaming, sports and sex.

The event is part of the Future Founders program run by State Library Victoria’s StartSpace with funding from Study Melbourne. It is the only start-up program in the world designed especially for international students.

Hack for Happiness is the second hackathon to be held as part of the Future Founders program, which launched in July 2020.

An intensive two-week bootcamp for international student founders will follow in September and October, as well as a $10,000 venture scholarship, which will be announced in November.

StartSpace Community Lead, Aun Ngo said the Hack for Happiness theme was timely given the many challenges experienced by the community during the pandemic. “COVID restrictions have made life particularly hard for students,” he said.

“There has never been a more important time to harness the creative and technological potential of these entrepreneurial minds.”

“The hackathon will give participants access to world-leading experts who will help them bring their creative ideas for a happier future to life.”

“I invite students with startup ambitions to apply through the StartSpace website today,” said Mr Ngo.

Hack for Happiness will take place online: 28 – 29 August 2021. Students and graduates need to register by Sunday 22 August to participate. For more information, visit: for details.

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