BikeHack19 FAQs

Got questions? No worries, check out our list of FAQs below.

What is BikeHack19?

BikeHack19 is a weekend hackathon to create new ideas for growing bicycle riding in Queensland.

Get ready for a fast-paced, high energy weekend. You will work in teams to create solutions to the challenge questionHow can bike riding be more accessible and appealing in Queensland so that people ride bikes more often?

There will be $25,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, extensive networking and access to world class mentoring, plus plenty of fuel to keep you going over the weekend.

BikeHack19 is going to be fun.  You will be amazed what you can do in three days!


When: Friday 17 - Sunday 19 May 2019. Get the full schedule for the event.

Where: Aurecon, 25 King Street, Bowen Hills (near the RNA showgrounds). Get directions using Google Maps.

Is BikeHack19 for me?

If you are over 18, enthusiastic, ready to collaborate and full of new ideas you’ll fit right in.

Who will be there?

BikeHack19 is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and expand your network. Your fellow hackers will be from varied backgrounds and you will have access to industry experts who will mentor you throughout the weekend.


Spaces are limited so we strongly recommend securing your ticket early to avoid disappointment. Registration is easy, simply jump on to eventbrite to participate.

Registration costs $29.95. Don't forget there are cash prizes up for grabs and we keep you fuelled for the whole weekend.

Please let us know your dietary requirements when you register.

BikeHack19 is an 18+ event and you will need to bring photo ID to enter.

Can I register and pay to attend BikeHack19 on the first day?

No. This event is strictly by pre-paid registration only. If you are physically unable to register and pay online prior to the event, please reach out to the BikeHack19 team at to discuss your payment.

What is the schedule and hours?

You can find the schedule for BikeHack19 here.

Do I have to participate all three days?

Yes, but it’s fun!  It is important to come along for all three days so you don’t miss out on the chance to work on a great idea, learn about how to take an idea through to pitching and network with experts, mentors and industry.  We also want to minimise distractions/disruptions for teams where possible.

Can we work late or even overnight on our ideas?

Aurecon is open for your use from 8am to 10pm only (subject to change).  You can keep working on your idea, somewhere else, however any good ‘Hacker’ will tell you that you need to work hard but also take the time to rest and recharge.

Am I expected to work for 54 hours?

No. At some events, certain teams will decide to work all through Friday and/or Saturday night, but this is by no means obligatory or expected. Aurecon will be open during the following hours:

  • Friday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Intellectual property - who will own the ideas generated?

The intellectual property stays with you!

How do I protect against people stealing my idea?

The reality is you can’t.  Unless you are confident your idea is a ready to go and easy to implement innovation (and something no one has ever thought of) you will need to get feedback and mentorship of how to take your idea to the next level and the work that will still need to be done.  This benefit far outweighs the remote possibility of someone taking and executing on your idea.


Do I need to register with a team?

No, BUT everyone who participates at BikeHack19 is expected to work in a team. BikeHack19 is all about collaboration and teamwork. Remember, more minds equal more creative thinking and better ideas!

We will help you find your team on Friday night so you can get stuck in and start hacking.

Are teams expected to continue after the event?

Whether you continue or don’t continue to work on the idea with some or all your team is completely up to you.

What's in it for me?

The winning team at BikeHack19 will receive a cash prize of $10,000. There are also three $5,000 category cash prizes up for grabs.

This money is awarded to the winning teams with no strings attached. You also get to network, be mentored by the best in the business and create amazing ideas that could really make a difference.

What resources/assistance is provided over the weekend?

A facilitator and mentors will guide you through the process. You will have access to experts and customer representatives will be on hand to help you test and refine your ideas. Teams will have access to relevant data and other information to help you come up with the best idea you can.

What are we supposed to have accomplished by the end of the weekend?

There are no hard and fast rules on what we expect you to have accomplished by the pitching event on Sunday evening.  You will have access during the weekend to mentors, experts and customers and BikeHack19 staff support.  We highly recommend you come along to the official pre-briefing session on Thursday 2 May to ask any questions you may have. Register for free here.

What parking or transport is available for BikeHack19?

BikeHack19 participants are responsible for their own parking and transportation to and from the venue. For public transport options visit or for parking options visit or

How about arriving by bicycle?

With community bike racks on the street and Brisbane cycleways positioned close by, our BikeHack19 venue is well resourced for those arriving on bike. There are a number of bike racks located at both ends of King Street and in front of Kingsgate (on the corner of King Street and St Paul’s Terrace), and in front of Rydges (on the corner of King Street and Gregory Terrace).

A few of the closest on-street bike racks for access to the BikeHack19 venue at 25 King St are:
• Outside The Lamb Shop, Shop 4/20 King Street, Bowen Hills (get directions with Google Maps). There is another bike parking rack across the road, directly opposite The Lamb Shop.
• Outside Fat Dumpling, 2 King Street, Bowen Hills (get directions with Google Maps)
• Outside SMEC Australia, 480 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley (corner of King Street and St Pauls Terrace) (get directions with Google Maps)

Getting there on a CityCycle

The closest CityCycle station is Station no. 56, located at 451 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley. Find out more on the CityCycle website.

How do I prepare and what should I bring?

How do I prepare?

Come along to the BikeHack19 briefing session on Thursday 2 May.  The session will give you a great overview of what to expect on the weekend and what you can do in the lead up to give yourself a great chance. Learn more.

What should I bring?

Laptop, phone, chargers, paper, pens, water bottle, coffee cup, snacks (we provide some food but you might want more).

What are the rules?

We have some player rules for BikeHack19 to make sure everyone has a great time. These are detailed in our terms and conditions.

What types of ideas can I pitch?

Any new ideas that are designed to encourage more bike riding in Queensland are eligible.  We are looking for tech and not tech ideas, you are only limited by your imagination.

Can I pitch more than one idea?

Each team will be allocated enough time to effectively pitch one idea.  You are more than welcome to continue collaborating with your teams on other ideas outside the BikeHack19 event.

How is the prize money awarded?

There are four cash prizes. One (1) overall winner prize and three (3) category winner prizes.  Winners will be determined by a judging panel. Prize money will be distributed by event organisers to each member of the winning team, equally.

I have registered but now I can't attend. Can I get a refund?

We do not refund tickets beyond 7 days prior the event, so that organisers can order and plan for food and supplies.

See the terms and conditions.

I'm a Government employee - can I participate?

I work for the Department of Transport and Main Roads – can I participate?

Sorry no. TMR employees (and their immediate family members) are not able to participate at BikeHack19. If you have any questions about this please contact the event organisers.

I don’t work for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, I work for another agency within the Queensland Public Sector – can I participate?

Sorry no.  All Queensland Government employees are not able to participate at BikeHack19. If you have any questions about this, please contact the event organisers.

I have special dietary needs. Will you be able to cater for me?

Please let the BikeHack19 organisers know of your dietary requirements when you register to attend.  We will make every effort to accommodate you however we do recommend you bring some suitable snacks along to keep you fuelled for the weekend.

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