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Breathable Sydney Hack

The 24-hour challenge for cleaner air in Sydney

The more cars on the road the more tiny particles that enter the air we breathe. These particles are having a severe impact on people’s health.

These particles are known as PM 2.5. According to the World Health Organisation, there is no safe exposure to PM 2.5. In NSW, there is nothing to measure how exposed people are to PM 2.5 and other dangerous air pollutants at a human level along busy traffic corridors, congested routes or near busy streets.

What if:

  • ordinary citizens all over Sydney were equipped with small devices all over Sydney to grow our understanding of air pollution
  • we could better identify patterns
  • we could better manage the most vulnerable in our community
  • we could protect popular walkways, schools and old folks homes through good design and planning
  • we would save millions of dollars in public money on health care outcomes
  • we’d significantly contribute to the growing layers of data that helps decision-makers and communities ensure that Sydney remains one of the most liveable cities in the world.

So, in collaboration with the office of the Deputy Lord Mayor and Climate KIC Australia, EnergyLab is hosting a hackathon to unearth a brilliant way to harness new technology to ensure that metropolitan Sydney is healthy and liveable.

It’s also a great opportunity for a whip-smart team to create a brand new smart city business.

During the event you’ll get to hear from:

  • Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Miller
  • Murray Bell, Founder of Semi-Permanent
  • Eamon Waterford, Acting CEO of the Committee for Sydney
  • Susan Farr, Executive GM, RPS Asia Pacific
  • Tim Williams, Australiasian Cities Leader, Arup
  • Liam Timms, Fund Manager International Towers
  • Siobhan Toohill, Group Head of Sustainability, Westpac
  • Alexia Lidas, Managing Director, Metis Advisory and CPF Design Futures Council
  • David Holden, Associate Director, Kinesis
  • Ben Moir, Co-Founder, Snepo Labs
  • Johanna Pitman Program Director, CITYCONNECT



4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia


Friday 3 August 2018 from 5pm to 10pm
Saturday 4 August 2018 from 9am to 7pm


Hackathon participant + pitches: $20.00
Pitches only: $10.00

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Hashtag: #HackAUS

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