WSPD Hackathon

Registrations are now closed. Thank you to all those who have registered to take part – we look forward to seeing your video submission.

World Suicide Prevention Day Hackathon: Creating Hope Through Action

‘Creating solutions for the people, by the people’

Roses in the Ocean is offering Innovation Grants of $5,000 each to the top two community submissions that address this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) theme – Creating Hope through Action. The two successful submissions will be announced on WSPD September 10, in Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD.


So, what is a Hackathon when translated to suicide prevention?

A Hackathon is a time-bound problem-solving event. Small groups of people come together over a specific time period to create an innovative solution to a community need. The basic premise that Hackathons work on is that solutions for the people, by the people, can have immense impact. They provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, foster learning, build and expand community connections and encourage creativity to tackle tricky issues on small budgets.

People with a lived experience of suicide understand that sometimes the most effective solutions are custom built for their community by community, can be low cost and simply require collaboration and a small boost of funds. The Roses in the Ocean WSPD Hackathon Event invites small groups of community members to come up with an idea that may work to reduce the impact of suicide in their community – solutions that will Create Hope Through Action.

We aim to achieve the following goals:

  • Strengthen community relationships
  • Provide time and space for deep thinking and problem solving
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing
  • Empower those with a lived experience to create solutions
  • Create a base of project ideas/solutions for local suicide prevention that will create hope through action

We are inviting participants to create a plan presented in video format, on how they would like to create hope through action in regard to suicide prevention initiatives within their community. The winning two concepts will receive $5,000 for seed funding to put their plan into action!  The winners will be announced on World Suicide Prevention Day.

All entries will by judged by the Roses in the Ocean Lived Experience Advisory Group on the set of criteria listed below:

  • Clarity of the proposal
  • Main outcome
  • Costs involved to implement
  • Inclusivity of lived experience
  • Level of innovation
  • Ease of scale and development
  • Easy to share across regions
  • Ease of measurement of effectiveness and results

You can find out all the information you need to know HERE. Registrations are now closed.