News November 12, 2020

AIM opens entries for inaugural Hackathon, with $5,000 up for grabs

AIM opens entries for inaugural Hackathon, with $5,000 up for grabs
Image: AIM chairman Ed St John

The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) has opened entries for its inaugural Hackathon, organised in partnership with ARIA.

For its first year, the Hackathon is inviting original business ideas that tackle physical or mental wellness. The winning entry will go on to win a $5,000 cash prize.

Entrants will have access to more than 100,000 songs to work with, as well as a comprehensive data set of chart metrics from ARIA. They will also be mentored by former Universal Music Group managing director of emerging technology and media, Stephen Hunt, and The Founder Institute mentor, Timo Kugler.

The competitors will then demo their ideas to a panel of judges, made up of Jaxsta founder Jacqui Louez Schoori, Muru Music Health founder Nicc Johnson, and Deloitte’s Andrea Culligan.

“We are excited to see what ideas are brought to the table from entrepreneurs around Australia for the AIM Hackathon, and to put the focus on the important subject of physical and mental health,” AIM chairman Ed St John said in a statement.

“As an organisation we’re always keen to unearth and develop the future leaders of the industry, so this is a fantastic opportunity for all involved.”

Entries to the AIM Hackathon close on November 16. The winners will be announced during ARIA Week on November 24.

The demo event will be livestreamed from AIM’s Sydney Campus and available to watch from 11am on YouTube.

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