Joint hackathon planned to strengthen sovereign supply chains

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13 May 2020

The Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces will host a joint hackathon to identify opportunities to strengthen Australia’s sovereign supply chains.

Known as #ANZDFhack, the 48-hour online event will be held from 15 to 17 May and will identify innovative solutions to supply chain issues, which underpin Defence’s ability to mobilise quickly when responding to a crisis or threat.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the hackathon will leverage the ingenuity of technological specialists across the two Nations to enhance sovereign capability.

“The strength of the Australia-New Zealand relationship is more important than ever, and now is the optimum time to build networks and find self-reliant capability solutions with our close partner and friend across the Tasman,” Minister Reynolds said.

The hackathon is expected to generate executable submissions including prototypes, applications and algorithms.

Software developers, innovation specialists, 3D experts and prototype development specialists will be invited to engage with each other and Defence.

Winning and shortlisted concepts will progress through innovation programs, mentoring, real data, funding streams or ongoing support.

The event is being coordinated by the Australian Defence Force, and will be executed by the Australian Computer Society.

More information about #ANZDFhack is available at

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