New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

Friday, 8 May 2020, 05:00 pm — Saturday, 9 May 2020, 08:00 pm

Location: NUspace, 409 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security will bring together multidisciplinary minds to explore the barriers around water use, pollution and disaster and generate solutions to build a sustainable world. Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.


Water security is the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability.

Only 3 percent of the world’s water is drinkable and water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. More and more countries are experiencing water stress, and increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will suffer recurring water shortages.

Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent and it is especially important that we conserve our water systems. Looking locally, Newcastle and the Hunter Region are experiencing the lowest water levels in our dams in over two decades and are currently in Level 1 water restrictions.

Our population is expected to grow by nearly 120,000 over the next 20 years. At this rate of growth, and with current water usage patterns, total demand is expected to surpass reliable supply by 2036.

Each person has a role to play in protecting our water systems locally and throughout the world.


  • Water fit for purpose: Water supplies that are safe and are fit for use
  • Water efficiency: Supporting water that is managed efficiently, delivering maximum environmental and social benefit at least cost
  • Water performance: Effective measurement and reporting on water security to our community
  • Water sustainability: Supporting water that is managed within sustainable limits, delivering whole of water cycle outcomes
  • Water reliability: Supporting water supplies that are secure, resilient and deliver customer value.


Best Tech Solution
$3,000 cash and a 3-month residency at I2N Hub Hunter Street with specialist mentorship, valued at up to $4,620

Runner-Up Tech Solution
$2,000 cash

Rising Star Award
$500 cash


UON is proud to be able to bring this event alongside City of Newcastle and Hunter Water.


Hunter Water


I2N is pleased to bring you this event as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival.


What is I2N?

The University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)fuels the success of innovators and entrepreneurs to build great businesses by connecting them with community, coaching, customers and capital. We do this through a range of programs across our I2N Hubs at Hunter Street, Williamtown, Muswellbrook and Honeysuckle (opening 2021).

Program Partner

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program.


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