Changemaker FAQ

Answers to common questions

What if I don't meet the application requirements?

Reach out to us anyway – by email or application. We may be able to help you in other ways.

Where & When is the next hack?

We currently run hackathons in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
Our Winter Hackathon are typically held late-May to late-June.
Our Summer Hackathons are typically held late-November to early-December.

Am I eligible?

Good question! Generally speaking, we are looking for charities, community groups and social enterprises who have a problem that can be solved with professional help. This could be technical, creative, business management or a mixture of these. In order to better understand your problem's eligibility to hack with RHoK, consider the following:

#1. Does your problem have a community impact?
At RHoK we strive to make the world a better place, one hack at a time. To do this, we look to hack solutions that have a positive impact on the environment and communities around us. This can be global or hyper-local as long as the social impact is clear and measurable. We find the RHoK model is most suited to organisations that are well established with the structure and resources to ensure that the solution developed during the hackathon can be carried forward beyond the weekend by the changemaker organisation.

#2. Are you a subject matter expert and able to own the solution?
Hackathons a great fun and can really produce great outcomes and solutions, but nobody enjoys hacking a solution that is destined to be thrown away or just left to gather dust (yes, even digital solutions can gather dust… metaphorically). Software is not just for Christmas.

#3. Are you open to being challenged?
When changemakers come to RHoK with an idea of what they are going to have by the end of it, they often walk away with something completely different. This is because at RHoK, hacking is a partnership between the changemakers and the hackers. Ideas are challenged and plans change rapidly based on timelines, expertise and different ways of thinking. It’s best to approach a RHoK Hackathon with an idea in mind, while being open to change. While you might think you need that brand new app, instead, there might be an existing solution that we could help you with!

#3. Are you willing to commit?
Hacking at RHoK is an intense, but rewarding experience which requires more than just one weekend of hacking. The most successful solutions come from a passionate and well prepared changemaker who best understands their problem, works closely with the hackers to produce a solution during the RHoK hackathon and those who are willing and able to continue to refine the solution with the hackers in the RHoLLs that follow.

What Makes a good changemaker?

  • A clear vision of what your problem is – not just what you think the solution might be!
  • Willingness to commit to the team that RHOK brings together, and share your enthusiasm and vision with them.
  • Ability to listen to the expertise that will surround you, willingness to learn, and be to open to potential solutions.
  • To be (or bring with you) the right people from your organisation to implement the solution that is developed.
  • Great connection with the users of your solution, and be able to get them involved too.

Do I need to attend the Changemaker 101 lead-up event?

Yes. Changemaker 101 will be critical to your success.

I've already collaborated with RHoK. Can I apply again?

Yes, we love to continue working with veteran changemakers to continue to work on their problem or start work on another one. Some of our most successful projects have been from return changemakers who are committed to solving their problem.