What is this hackathon about?

We’re pleased to announce that NAB & Alibaba Cloud are co-hosting a three-day hackathon event, bringing together a collective of skilled minds to help solve problems and deliver innovative, empowering solutions for our customers via technology.

This event will challenge teams to develop and present solutions around the following topics:

Challenge 1: Focus on Australian Businesses selling to China

Not all Australian businesses are fully leveraging their opportunity to export to Asia via e-commerce channels due to lack of knowledge of the Asian consumers, platforms, export procedures and regulations.

How can we use APIs from NAB, Alibaba and other third parties to help?

Challenge 2: Focus on Chinese Tourists and Migrants coming to Australia

Chinese tourists and migrants have difficulty finding and engaging with all Australian services (including financial services) when traveling and seeking to establish themselves in Australia.

How can we use APIs from NAB, Alibaba and other third parties to help?


The hackathon will be hosted at the Stone n Chalk headquarters located at the Goods Shed North, 710 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008.


  • Applications Open

    16 Mar 18

  • Briefing Day

    5 Apr 18

  • Hackathon Starts

    20 Apr 18

  • Hackathon Ends

    22 Apr 18

  • Applications Open

    16 Mar 18

  • Briefing Day

    5 Apr 18

  • Hackathon Starts

    20 Apr 18

  • Hackathon Ends

    22 Apr 18


Thursday 5 April

RSVP: Challenge Statement and API Night

Day 1 Friday 20 April

1800 - 1900 Door opens and registration
1900 - 1930 Welcome Challenge
1930 - 2000 Challenge and API Presentation
2000 - 2030 Icebreakers and idea pitching
2030 - 2100 Team formation and set up
2100 - 2200 Drinks

Day 2 Saturday 21 April

0800 - 1000 Door open and breakfast
0900 - 0915 Morning brief
0915 - 1030 Brainstorming
1030 - 1230 Business canvas & API workshop
1230 - 1400 Lunch and working session
1400 - 1600 Mentor session
1830 - 1930 Dinner
1930 - 2300 Working session

Day 3 Sunday 22 April

0800 - 1000 Door open and Breakfast
0800 - 1230 Working session
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1430 Working session
1430 - 1530 Pitch Training
1530 - 1600 Speakers and networking
1600 - 1800 Pitches
1830 - 1900 Awards ceremony & closing note
1900 - 2000 Closing drinks

Available API

You can find all relevant API documentation for the event here:
Alipay APIs
Alibaba Cloud APIs


Grand Prize

US$10,000 Alibaba Cloud credits +
4 x return airfares to Singapore or China
4 x accommodation in Singapore or China
4 x tickets to the Alibaba Cloud Computing Conference in Singapore or China

1st Runner Up

US$5,000 Alibaba Cloud credits

2nd Runner Up

US$2,500 Alibaba Cloud credits

Additional Prizes

Additional prizes will be distributed throughout the event

Places are limited

We encourage your application. However, please note that places are limited.


National Australia Bank is one of Australia’s ‘Big Four’ banks and is Australia and New Zealand’s largest business bank. It has more than 30,000 employees, serving 9 million customers across Australia and New Zealand.

NAB is at the forefront of innovation in the Australian Financial Services Industry, with a leading innovation hub, NAB Labs, which is focused on the commercialisation of customer-led innovation.

Through strategic collaboration with start-ups, and technology companies, NAB aims to deliver market-leading value propositions that benefit its customers.

Alibaba Cloud

As the cloud computing arm and a business unit of Alibaba Group, Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of global cloud computing services to help power and grow your business. Alibaba Cloud ranks as a top five global cloud services provider with over 2.3 million customers worldwide.

We are the leading cloud provider in China and have expanded worldwide with international teams in Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, San Mateo, Seoul, Singapore (International HQ), Sydney and Tokyo. We are supporting customers across Australia and New Zealand with a recently opened datacentre in Sydney.


Alipay is the world’s largest mobile and online payment platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay currently has over 520 million active users and over 200 domestic financial institution partners. Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app.

In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Tens of millions of brick-and-mortar merchants now accept Alipay across China, and its in-store payment service covers more than 36 countries and regions across the world.


Who owns the IP?

Generally, you own your code. However, this is subject to the terms of use for NAB’s and Alibaba’s APIs.

Do I have to come with a team?

No! We will help you find a great team to join. But if you happen to have a team of handy, feel free to all sign up together.

What is the max team size?

Six individuals

Do I have to be able to code?

No! We welcome anyone with the right attitude and the skills to contribute to a TEAM capable of building a prototype by the end of the weekend.

What if I've never participated in a hackathon?

As long as you have the right attitude and want to work with amazing people come along!

Can we sleep over at the hackathon?

No, not this time. At some point, we'll go to the pub, get some sleep and return bright and early!

Who can I contact to learn more about the event?


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