A Race To The Finish: The Movember Foundation’s First Hackathon With IE


The Movember Foundation took part in its first Hackathon last weekend to prototype exciting new ideas and drive future growth. The Foundation’s long term technology partner, IE, ran the event in their Melbourne warehouse, with over 40 talented tech experts hacking for 24 hours and tackling two of the Foundation’s key business challenges through intense ideation and creativity.

The Hackathon formed part of the Foundation’s current strategy to reposition itself as an organisation that has a year round presence, rather than only being known for global moustache growth, across 21 countries, in November each year.

The IE Hackathon for The Movember Foundation was kicked off by The Hon Phillip Dalidakis MP, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade as well as a special welcome video all the way from the USA by Co-Founder of the Foundation Adam Garone.

Multi-skilled teams of developers, designers, producers and UXers worked on prototyping solutions, before pitching their ideas to a panel of industry on the Saturday evening, including Paul Villanti and Byron Hill from The Movember Foundation, Jac Phillips from Bank of Melbourne, Dean Flynn from San Francisco startup FoyerLive and Rhys Hayes from IE.

The winning teams competed for one of two donated major prizes: a return trip next year to South by SouthWest, a revolutionary business innovation conference based out of Texas, USA, from The Movember Foundation and a $2,000 cash prize for the most innovative transactional idea from PayPal Braintree.

The winning teams were:

  • Panel Prize: Spiderpig (Steph Little, Ettienne Gous, Nikhil Bora)

  • Braintree Prize: The Slow Mos and MOtivate (Olivier Michelet, Alex Chavet, Mark Dohnt and Ruth Hallett, Dean Mehmet, Jeremy Campion)

  • People’s Choice Prize: The Mogrammers (Nathan Smale, Dimas Putra, Shane Handley)

The outcomes from every team were incredible to behold – big congratulations to everyone involved and thank you to Movember!