What a weekend! 

In late September 2018, CHDC and River City Labs held the Central Highlands’ first-ever hackathon: 54 hours over one fun-filled, action-packed weekend where attendees got the chance to pitch, brainstorm and develop business plans that launch real, working startups.

HACKCQ will provided the environment in which attendees could test ideas and take the first steps towards launching startups by getting feedback on concepts and linking in with business founders, specific skill sets, or a team to help execute a high-growth business plan.

We looked at how technology aids service provision and growth in four key areas:

  • Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Advanced manufacturing, and
  • Environment





Congratulations to 17-year-old Digby Dunbar’s Mad Greens business idea which earned $3000 in prizes at HACKCQ.

Read more about Digby’s fresh produce innovation here.







Sam Joyce
Partnerships & Program Manager, River City Labs
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Caroline Yassa
R&D Specialist, Ernst & Young Australia
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Lucio Piccoli
Chief Executive Officer, SiteSee
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Shaun Restorick-Barton
Associate, LawSquared
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Mark Phillips
Regional Incubator Facilitator – QLD & NT, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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Justine van der Werf
Manager Maintenance, BMA Blackwater, BHP
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Linda McCall
Mentor, Business in Bare Feet
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River City Labs 

River City Labs fosters the growth of startup companies wanting to solve big problems. We provide resources to empower, support and connect entrepreneurs. Central to everything we do is a focus on collaboration and connection.

Since 2012 over 700 startup founders have called RCL home. Through our events program, we have welcomed more than 29,000 guests into our community by hosting over 1,000 events aimed at supporting founders on their entrepreneurship journey.

River City Labs powers a range of programs, events and engagement opportunities, enabling our corporate partners to innovate differently and embed their teams within the start-up community.

River City Labs is a human-led organisation ensuring founders always come first and every engagement is underpinned by our core values of ‘Give Learn Grow’, ‘Take Action’ and ‘Always Challenge’.

Read more about River City Labs by clicking here.







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