You've heard of a tech hackathon – but what about a humanities hackathon?  At MAJOR HACK 2019, you'll learn about how media and politics intersect, how to solve real-world problems, and why Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is as relevant as ever in today's society.

MAJOR HACK 2019: a hackathon for the humanities

Hacking and hackathons were once the domain of technology, designers and programmers. But this July, MAJOR HACK 2019 brings the hackathon to the humanities and social sciences in a two-day, cross-disciplinary event for current Year 11 and 12 students.

At MAJOR HACK 2019, join 100 students on our Parkville campus to solve a problem through the lens of five majors in the Bachelor of Arts: English and Theatre Studies, Media and Communications, Classics, History, and Politics and International Relations.

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What's happening at MAJOR HACK 2019

At MAJOR HACK 2019, spend two days working on an innovative narrative in response to a provocation^ drawn from William Shakespeare's influential play, Julius Caesar.

You'll spend Day One in lectures with your fellow hackers, learning about Shakespeare's play, source texts, political communications, fake news and Roman society. You'll discover new ideas and build up your knowledge to tackle the provocation on Day Two.

On Day Two, you'll break out into groups and work on your project as a team. You'll discuss the issues and put together a plan of action with the help of Arts alumni mentors and current Bachelor of Arts students. You'll present your plan to an expert panel of alumni and industry experts, who will award Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

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More information

  • Where is MAJOR HACK 2019 being held?

    MAJOR HACK 2019 will take place at Arts West (Building 148), the home of the Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus.

  • Am I eligible to attend?

    MAJOR HACK 2019 is open to Year 11 or 12 high school students.

  • How much does it cost?

    The cost to attend MAJOR HACK 2019 is $100 for both days as numbers are strictly limited. Lunch and dinner are included on day one, and light breakfast and lunch are included on day two.

  • Who should attend MAJOR HACK 2019?

    Students with a passion for the humanities and social sciences, particularly those interested in theatre, Shakespeare, history, classics, media and communications and politics. Students who want to stretch themselves to think creatively about issues, who want to develop leadership and teamwork skills, and who want to discover what it’s like to study a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

  • What do I bring?

    Yourself. A laptop or iPad/tablet if you have one. And even a musical instrument if you play one!

  • What are the rules?

    Be safe and respectful. Participate, listen and contribute. Teamwork is encouraged and demanded. The University is a diverse and inclusive work and study space. Otherwise there are no rules* - students who can work innovatively and creatively will be rewarded!

  • Are there scholarships available to attend MAJOR HACK 2019?

    We want to make sure there are a diverse range of students at MAJOR HACK 2019. Scholarships to cover the cost of attending MAJOR HACK 2019 will be available to assist students who may not otherwise be able to attend. For more information, contact us at major-hack@unimelb.edu.au.

  • I'm from regional Victoria - can I attend?

    Yes! All regional and rural students accepted into MAJOR HACK 2019 will be offered two nights' accommodation at Ormond College. Students are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements with written approval from a parent or guardian. Students will also need to make their own travel arrangements to Melbourne but will be reimbursed for public transport costs.

  • I'm from interstate - can I attend?

    Yes! Accommodation will be available on-campus at Ormond College. Due the limited availability, there will be a $90 cost per night. Students are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements with written approval from a parent or guardian. Students will also need to make their own travel arrangements to Melbourne. For more information, contact us at major-hack@unimelb.edu.au.

  • I'm an international student - can I attend?

    Yes! Accommodation will be available on-campus at Ormond College. Due the limited availability, there will be a $90 cost per night. Students are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements with written approval from a parent or guardian. Students will also need to make their own travel arrangements to Melbourne. For more information, contact us at major-hack@unimelb.edu.au.

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Have a question about MAJOR HACK 2019? We want to hear it at major-hack@unimelb.edu.au.

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^PROVOCATION: a statement that will inspire thoughts, questions, creativity and ideas.

*The University has a Student Conduct Policy and this defines how we would expect students to behave on campus (4.1 to 4.5).