Give Backathon ‘Game Jam’

Building cool games to inspire & teach Indigenous youth how to code!

Give Backathon “Game Jam” is a charity hackathon where programmers, creatives, and entrepreneurs get together to build cool games for good.


After running the world’s first Indigenous hackathon, we are now running the first “Game Jam” that aims to help close the disparity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by building games, which will inspire and teach Indigenous youth how to code. This will empower them with invaluable skills for the future workplace or allow them to start their own startup/business as a Tech Founder.

By empowering Indigenous youth to achieve their self-determination and career aspirations through technology, we can reshape our communities for the better and help close the massive disparity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.


  • Build games that inspire and teach Indigenous youth how to code and develop their own games e.g. kolap on MIT Scratch.


  • $2,000+ General Assembly Credits – classes and workshops credit voucher to each winning team member (max 5, $250 each)
  • $1,000 Cash Prize for the Best Team


  • You can use any existing games, tools, code, languages, etc.
  • Collaboration & Team Work is Welcome!
  • Nothing illegal or personal attacks (bullying) – we’re here to have fun & make some cool games for a worthy cause.
  • You can also build games and participate from any where in the world (virtual Game Jam).


13 April 2019


General Assembly Melbourne, 12a/45 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000


09:00AM – 09:25AM | Registrations

09:30AM – 09:45AM | Introduction & Overview

09:45AM – 10:00AM | Icebreaker

10:00AM – 10:30AM | Pitches / Team Formation

10:30AM | Hacking Starts

12:00PM – 12:30PM | Lunch

2:50PM | Submission Deadline

3:00PM – 3:15PM | Pitches

3:15PM – 3:30PM | Closing Ceremony

3:30PM | Go Home!

Event Sponsors and Community Partners

Give Backathon is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

2017 Give Backathon – the world’s first Indigenous Hackathon!

Brisbane’s best tech minds have come together to help close the technology gap for First Nations charities. The first event of its kind, the national charity hackathon saw software developers and creative thinkers team up to find tech-based solutions for non-profit groups. NITV’s Ella Archibald-Binge reports for ‘The Point’.

Give Backathon is national charity hackathon that gives worthy charities valuable technology-based solutions to help increase their social impact. Give Backathon exists because (unfortunately) a lot of charities that are making a difference in our communities lack funding and technical skills.

Give Backathon brings together the brightest and nicest techies and professionals to work together and give back.

In May 2017, Give Backathon will focus on helping four Indigenous charities.


According to the latest government employment study, the Indigenous unemployment rate is currently 21%, an increase of 4.3 percentage points since 2008, and is 4 times the current non-Indigenous unemployment rate of 5%. Through disempowerment and lack of opportunity, the Indigenous community in Australia has the highest rate of suicide of any community in the world.

By helping these Indigenous charities, we can help re-shape these statistics – help make a difference and have a ton of fun – limited spots available so join this worthy cause now!


First Nations Foundation

Indigenous Financial Literacy

Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

Education and Mentoring Programs


Social Enterprise Development

The Streets Movement Organisation

Community Development

Free Event – Register Now

  • Lunch and dinner will be provided on both days
  • Win some cool prizes for volunteering your time and helping these incredible charities
    • 3 months x Complementary casual membership at Fishburners (Australia’s largest co-working space), valued at $900/team member
    • $500 for Best Hacker
    • Xbox One for Best Hustler
    • 4-week paid intership at RedEye Apps
    • $84 off your GitHub account
    • More awesome prizes will be announced soon…


20th – 21st May 2017


Fishburners, Level 2, 155 Queen Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000


Alisha Geary


Mark Sowerby,
Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur

Lisa Jenkinson,
Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (KPMG Qld)

Tim McLennan,
CEO, qutbluebox Pty Ltd

Event Sponsors and Partners

Give Backathon is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.



Community Partners