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New Zealand IoT Alliance

Green Futures Hackathon

The Auckland ICT Graduate School at The University of Auckland is hosting a ‘Green Futures Hackathon’ from 20 November 2023 – 9 February 2024. As a supporter of this event, the IoT Alliance is calling on its community for anyone who is interested in joining as a mentor or who can assist in the hackathon with a focus on IoT-based solutions. Please get in touch with IoT Alliance Executive Director Alison Mackie at if this is you!

Event Details


The final semester of the Master of Information Technology is a compulsory 10-week, full-time project, hosted either by industry or the University of Auckland. Students completing an internship hosted by the university will be given the opportunity to compete in the Green Futures Hackathon. 


Solution-focused thinking to address the challenges we are facing for a sustainable future. The scope of the theme is deliberately broad to allow students to explore solutions for their area of interest which might include but is not limited to:

  • Global warming from fossil fuels 
  • Food waste 
  • Biodiversity loss 
  • Plastic pollution
  • Deforestation 
  • Air pollution 
  • Ocean acidification 
  • Agriculture
  • Food and water insecurity 
  • Fast fashion and textile waste 
  • Overfishing 

Source: 14 Biggest Environmental Problems of 2023 | Earth.Org

Students will compete in groups of four. The launch of the project will be a one-week hackathon. At the end of the week students will present their concept. Students will spend the remaining nine weeks developing their project.

Key dates:

  • 13 November 2023: Presentation of challenges
  • 20 November 2023 – 9 February 2024: Hackathon

Location: Unleash Space, cnr Grafton Road and Symonds Street, Building 402, University of Auckland

Alison Mackie

Executive Director

NZ IoT Alliance

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New Zealand IoT Alliance The New Zealand IoT Alliance is an association of organisations and individuals that have come together to take a key role in growing our country's capability to maximize the Internet of Things to generate economic growth while addressing any challenges.