The HaTCHathonTM event is a fast-paced innovation competition that challenges startups, entrepreneurs, HealthTech experts and students to use their skills, creativity and awesomeness to solve some of the toughest challenges facing health care in Australia today.

About us

For over 135 years, Johnson & Johnson has been working worldwide to bring transformational medical innovation. In Australia, we* are collaborating with partners around the world to help find solutions for patients.

Australia is home to some amazing innovators, problem solvers and entrepreneurs.

We* are calling on Australia’s brightest minds to join us in our 2016 HaTCHathonTM event to help find unique solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing Australian healthcare today.

The HaTCHathonTM event invites the country’s brightest minds to work with our mentors to spur breakthrough innovation that will benefit both patients and the strained health care system.

Right now we are in the perfect storm for breakthrough innovation in health and I can’t wait to see your ideas.


Bruce Goodwin
Managing Director
Janssen Australia and New Zealand

Bruce Goodwin, Managing Director, Janssen Australia and New Zealand (Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd)

We are passionate about finding and deploying comprehensive, integrated healthcare solutions that take into account the world in which we live today, which is why this challenge is focused on innovations that address disease along the entire spectrum of health. Great ideas can come from anywhere, and I look forward to seeing the outcomes of great collaborative minds at work.

Gavin Fox-Smith
Managing Director
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices
Australia and New Zealand

Gavin Fox-Smith, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Australia and New Zealand (Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd)

Days until the HaTCHathon event









The HaTCHathonTM event will be held over the weekend of 9th-11th September 2016. A HaTCHathonTM briefing and team forming event will take place on Friday, 9th September 2016 from 6:00pm.


The HaTCHathonTM event will be held in the inspiring and innovative Billy Blue Design School in the heart of the Ultimo technology precinct at 46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo NSW.

Who can attend

The HaTCHathonTM event welcomes developers, designers, hackers, hustlers and hipsters. We celebrate healthcare practitioners, IoT visionaries, VR gurus, researchers, health researchers and data scientists.


Prizes include $8000 (in total) for the winning team and $2000 (in total) for the runner-up team. All projects will be assessed by our internal innovation team and will be considered for post-event incubation.


We have assembled a crack team of entrepreneurs, health care experts and technology innovators to provide feedback to teams and judge your best HaTCHathonTM efforts.