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Event date and time

Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 Feb 2021


Online virtual event
2-day online virtual event. Login details will be shared directly with selected hackathon teams.

About the challenge

You’re invited to take part in the India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon where in a team you will select an idea to develop, justify and present a solution to one of the four hackathon themes linked to the Circular Economy.

Theme 1: Innovation in packaging reducing packaging waste
Theme 2: Innovation in food supply chains avoiding waste
Theme 3: Creating opportunities for plastics waste reduction
Theme 4: Recycling critical energy metals and e-waste

Your idea can take the form of an app, digital art, a website, a game, 3D models, graphic designs, pure academic research, or any other medium which can be tested and innovated upon.


  • Free

Dates and Times

Event date: Feb 2021

Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 Feb 2021

Online virtual event

2-day online virtual event. Login details will be shared directly with selected hackathon teams.

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More information

Why Circular Economy?

Each year, 90 billion tonnes of primary materials are extracted and used globally, with only 9 per cent recycled. With the Circular Economy model, we get to enjoy the benefits of safe packaging without damaging the environment.

Circular economy has been identified as a major commercial opportunity and could support the development of new industries and jobs, reducing emissions and increasing efficient use of natural resources.

Discover more about our research on Circular Economy

Key dates

Applications open: 2 December 2020
Virtual information session: 9 December 2020
Applications close: 8 January 2021
Finalists are notified: During the week of 18 January 2021
Opening ceremony: 8 February 2021
Hackathon: 9 – 10 February 2021
Awards ceremony and winners announced: 19 February 2021


What will the winners receive? Pitch your idea to win part of a $52,000 prize pool.

In total the judging panel will select 8 winning teams; four student teams who will win $3,500 (total sum per team), and four start-up/SME teams who will win $9,500 (total sum per team).

Important information

It’s important that you read the below documents before entering your application.

Rules of play (PDF, 809KB)
28/01/2021: Update to Privacy Notice for I-ACE Hackathon (PDF, 143KB)
SME participation agreement (PDF, 196KB) - only applicable to the selected teams for the start-up/SME category
Media release form (PDF, 115KB)
FAQs (PDF, 170KB)

Ready to enter?

If you’re a university student, start-up or SME based in Australia and can form your own team consisting of 2 – 5 members, you’re eligible to apply!

Get in touch

This hackathon is held in collaboration between Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India and CSIRO. If you have more questions, check out our FAQs or email

For Indian applicants please visit NITI Aayog’s event page:

Follow us at #IACEhackathon

Prizes sponsored by  Australian Government | Department of Indutry, Science, Energy and Resources