Frequently asked questions

Who owns the intellectual property?

Participants own 100% of any original content that they produce and we own our know how and confidential information. If a ground-breaking idea is discovered through this process, and we are not already undertaking a similar initiative, we will discuss commercial options with the team involved.

What is the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia and New Zealand?

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia and New Zealand consists of three operating companies who are also members of:

  • The world’s most comprehensive medical devices business, Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd;
  • One of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd;
  • The world’s premier consumer health company, Johnson & Johnson Pacific Pty Ltd.
Who created the HaTCHathon event?

The HaTCHathonTM event is run and organised by Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd and Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd (except where the context otherwise requires, in this site, referred to as ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’), members of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia and New Zealand. We are working with Disruptor’s Handbook to bring this exciting event to life.

Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd is the market-leading medical devices provider in Australia. Our innovative products and solutions are used primarily by health care professionals in the fields of general and plastic surgery, orthopaedics, neurology, bariatric surgery, infection prevention, urology, gynaecology, sports medicine and cardiovascular disease. In Australia, we have 30 major new products positioned for regulatory submission in the next two years. Core business units include DePuy Synthes, Ethicon, Biosense Webster, Mentor and ASP.

Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd, a member of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, is a leading research-based pharmaceutical company. We focus on addressing and solving the most important unmet medical needs of our time to improve the lives of our patients. Our medicines are considered to be cornerstone therapies in immunology, oncology, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. In 2016, for the third consecutive year, Fortune Magazine ranked Johnson & Johnson number one in the Pharmaceuticals category on its annual World’s Most Admired Companies list (, date accessed: 11 July 2016).

What is our rationale for hosting the HaTCHathon event?

For 130 years, Johnson & Johnson has been driving breakthrough innovation in health care worldwide – from revolutionising wound care in the 1880s to developing cures, vaccines and treatments for some of today’s most pressing diseases in the world.

At the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia and New Zealand, we aspire to be a strategic partner of choice for information technology companies and innovative start-ups that can benefit from the deep health care expertise we can provide.

The 2016 HaTCHathonTM event is an expression of this commitment to innovation and an evolution of Janssen Australia’s previous innovation program Janssen HaTCHTM. We see competition as an open forum to connect people and help provide opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators and our staff to help develop and implement cutting-edge ideas that could help advance Australia’s health.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon, also known as codefests or hack days or developer jams, crams developers into a small space, supply them with food, drink, and encourage them to take concepts from idea to working demo in a very short period of time. This could be 8 hours. It could be 24. Or it could run over a weekend. The time frame is the constraint and the hard-stop is the open demonstration that concludes the event.

Isn’t hacking illegal?

No, there will be no illegal activity involved. In technological development circles, a “hack” refers to programming in an exploratory manner, or creatively solving a problem. It is a positive and productive activity, and has no relationship with the kind of computer crime that the media call “hacking”. A “hackathon” combines the words “hack” and “marathon”. So a hackathon is simply a sustained period of using technology to solve problems. For a hackathon guide which we will be using for our event, please refer to

Who can get involved in our HaTCHathon event and how?

Our HaTCHathonTM  event is open to technology developers, programmers, designers, entrepreneurs and innovators, healthcare practitioners, consultants and more. We welcome approved participants with a wide range of skills from data science and app development to healthcare practice, patient care and design thinking. When registration opens, you are welcome to register your interest to apply to participate either as a team, or as an individual to form a new team, for the weekend. Register your interest in attending on our website (available soon – stay tuned).

Why would I participate in the HaTCHathon event?

Our HaTCHathonTM event is a unique experience: Work together with some of Australia’s brightest developers and like-minded individuals to help solve the challenges that could make all the difference to thousands of Australians living with a chronic disease. Talk to our experts who will be at the event and make new friends. We will support you throughout the quest, give you an opportunity to shine and a chance to take home the prestigious title of the HaTCHathonTM 2016 event.

The winning team will receive a first prize of $8,000 (in total) and the runner up team will receive a prize of $2,000 (in total).

What are the challenges?

We are asking for your help to solve some of the greatest challenges facing health care in Australia today. These could make all the difference to thousands of Australians.

What happens with the participants’ ideas throughout the competition and after?

The judges of the HaTCHathonTM event will be assessing all ideas and determine (in their absolute discretion) a winner and a runner-up at the end of the weekend. All original ideas are 100% owned by the participants and we own our know how and confidential information. If our innovation team is interested in an idea, we might work with the team to commercialise it.

About HaTCHathon

The HaTCHathonTM event is a fast-paced innovation race that challenges entrepreneurs and developers to use their skills, creativity and awesomeness to help solve some of the toughest challenges facing health care today.