BikeHack19 was Australia's first bicycle riding hackathon and took place over the weekend of 17-19 May 2019.

One weekend | 79 participants | 13 team pitches | $25k+ prize money

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What was BikeHack19?

BikeHack19 was a fast-paced, high energy weekend hackathon to create new ideas to grow bike riding in Queensland.

More than 120 innovators, tech experts, students, entrepreneurs and mentors gathered in Brisbane to create new solutions to an age-old problem. Ideas ranged from bike tech, gamification, design, data, support services, new business and more.

Initiated by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the event offered cash prizes for the winning ideas, extensive networking opportunities and access to world class mentoring.

Thank you to major sponsor Aurecon, who also hosted the event in their incredible events space, and supporting sponsors, Deloitte, 99 Bikes, Pedal, Merida and QUT (Queensland University of Technology), as well as facilitators of the event Fishburners and Aaron Birkby.


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Congratulations to the winning teams

Our four judges, Neil Scales OBE, Evelyn Storey, Peter Bourke and Majella Edwards, had a tough task deciding winners for each of our focus categories - Active Transport, Tourism and Recreation, and Happy, Healthy Families - as well as an overall winner.

The winning pitches included fun and innovative products as well as initiatives to get future bike riders connected and confident in jumping on a bike.


Overall winner

Leisure Hunt

A virtual scavenger hunt leading people on a themed bike adventure by using an augmented reality phone app to lead people on an exploration of safe off-road bike paths.

Category prize winners


A business leasing e-Bikes to employers through a monthly subscription so their staff can ride to work on an e-Bike for free.



Centralised search platform for women to meet other up with woman cyclists of similar abilities and interests. RideWithMe was designed for women who would like to ride more often and build confidence or ride with others for fun.



A device that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to ensure helmets remain with rideshare bicycles like CityCycle.

DG special prize

Brisbane River Cycle

A solution for getting across the Brisbane river without a bridge, enabling access to many scenic off-road pathways. Bike riders attach their bicycle to a catamaran and use pedal power to travel across the river.

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