About RHoK

Since 2011, our community has helped over 50 charities and social enterprises find tech enabled solutions to pressing social problems. We are widely acknowledged in Australia as one of the pioneers in this space. Our passionate changemakers and hackers come from every corner of the country. We're committed to finishing the work we start. Our unique combination of hackathons and smaller follow up events ensure that we get our solutions across the finish line and positively impact the wider community.

Coming to a RHoK event is a chance to see what good collaboration looks like. After years of iterating we've learned how to make the process run like a well oiled machine. Sometimes it can be complicated and  frustrating, but mostly it's fun, rewarding and makes a real difference. For many, we're a place to learn - not just coding, but business analysis, design, user experience skills and more. We encourage people from all walks of life, and with varying levels of skill sets and backgrounds to join us. 

Perhaps most importantly, RHoK is open by nature. Our processes are transparent, everything we make is open source, we're honest about our mistakes, and we celebrate our wins with the whole community. Come to one of our events... and see for yourself. 


Who we’ve worked with

Since 2011 we've gathered over 500 hackers and helped over 80 charities and community groups.
Now it's your turn to become part of the RHoK community.


What do we do?


RHoK Australia runs weekend hackathons in summer and winter every year. These happen simultaneously in five different locations across Australia. Over the course of 48 hours, teams assemble around our changemakers to work fast and furious, have fun, and create real social impact. It's an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment to help create innovative technology solutions to social problems. 





At RHoK Australia we finish what we start. We want to come up with solutions that are actually used by the wider community. So, during the year we run what are known as RHoLLs, where our changemakers get together with our hackers to continue working on individual projects. This is where the real nuts and bolts happen. We pride ourselves on finishing what we start, and this is something that sets us apart from other hackathons.


Who are we?

Here are some of the faces you'll see at RHoK's Winter & Summer Hackathons.


Eddie Chapman
RHoK Melbourne
Community Manager

Derek Wood
RHoK Sydney
Community Manager

Tim Elliot
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech/Design Lead

Mandi Hicks
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech/Business Lead


Andras Bubics
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech Lead

Samara Neilson
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech Lead

Arna Karick
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech Lead

Stephen Dodd
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech Lead


Pete Cohen
RHoK National Steering Committee

Lizzie Silver
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech Lead

Steve Zinke
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech Lead

Rob Shaw
RHoK Organising Committee
+ Tech Lead


Our National Partners

We're very grateful to have the support of Zendesk and DiUS at a national level. Without our partners we can't help others. Please get in touch if you are interested in drinking coffee and talking about how we might work together. 

Successful partnerships are the heart of RHoK
— Pete Cohen, Pete Cohen, Principal Consultant at the DiUS