Youth Archive + Heritage Hackathon

Create something new from Tasmania's digital archives for your chance to win one of 2 Go-Pros between 1 December 2017 – 25 January 2018.

This competition is open for Tasmanian students who are in grades 7-12 in 2017. Go to the online entry form.

Competition rules of engagement

There is an infinite array of possibilities, and you should not feel limited aside from the following considerations.

The technology is up to you... as long as we can see it too!

We want to see what you can come up with! We just need to see what you’ve done, so you need to make it publicly accessible online somehow, without us needing to login or pay.  You may create your entry within a social media tool eg for instance

Or you may have your own website we can access.  You may use programming languages such as Scratch, Python, Javascript or something else, or not.  It’s up to you. Just remember: if we can’t access it, we can’t consider your entry in the competition.

We plan to link finalists’ entries from our LINC Tasmania website.  By entering, you’re agreeing that you’re ok with this.  People should be able to access your entry online for at least 3-12 months after the end of the competition.

You hold copyright and ownership of your entry, but LINC Tasmania can embed or link to it, and may store and make accessible a copy .

Your entry is your own work

It’s fine if you get some hints and tips from others, but your entry should be by you. Others can help with technical troubleshooting, but you must be the one creating and implementing your entry.

This is a competition for individual entrants. It is not designed as a team event.  You may discuss your entry with others and maybe work together, but it’s a bit hard to share a prize of a GoPro around a team.

You must use open access Tamanian archive and heritage material already provided online by LINC Tasmania. There are millions of items to choose from. Here are a few that might be of interest:

Have an explore around the Tasmanian archives and heritage content online– there are endless possibilities. Here are some hints on searching and browsing online Tasmanian archive and heritage items.

You can copy and put online archive and heritage items owned by the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office without specific access or copy restrictions as part of this competition. Usually these items say they can be used for private study or research purposes.  Students in this competition have permission to copy, use and make available online our items as part of their competition entry. 

Items used must have no restrictions on their use.  To check if an item can be used, have a look at it within the catalogue and check the “Using this item” section.   If you are unsure, please ask

Library books and other items are covered by copyright – you can’t manipulate them as part of this competition- though you can use them as reference resources eg for creating a storyboard. Please just cite resources used.

Please include a statement on your entry that the original material used in your entry came from the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, and others may not copy it further without permission from that office.

You need to state specifically where your content came from in our collections so people can track back to it if needed.

We have information about citing our resources, but the easiest approach is to link directly back to the item in our catalogue online.  Each catalogue entry has a “permlink” option – use this URL to create the links.

Treat your subject matter with respect

We like humour, wit and creativity, but just keep in mind you may be dealing with pictures of real people and places.  That could be someone’s grandma or grandpop. Have a little respect.   Don’t make them look silly.  Just remember it may be you one day in old photos being manipulated by creative youth.

No offensive or crude material

We shouldn’t need to add anything here… If it shouldn’t be made public… don’t.

Chances are you're aware of this legal stuff, but we have to include it.
  • Respect all relevant laws, for example, copyright, privacy, and don't do anything that could cause harm to anyone or their property, otherwise you'll be disqualified.
  • You're responsible for any expenses incurred in entering the competition, if there are any.  The general idea is you use free tools, software and content.
  • If you are nominated as a winner, we will confirm with your school that you were a Tasmanian student in 2017.

Examples of possible hacks

There are endless possibilities and we’re excited to see what you can come up with.  Here are a few other creations that might inspire you.

Judging criteria

Fulfil these criteria and you will create something wonderful.

  • Originality in use of archives and heritage material
  • Creativity in use of technology
  • Ability to provide interesting insights into Tasmania and/or its history
  • Potential value to the Tasmanian community
  • Interactivity/ Entertainment Value
  • Asthetic value (ie does it look good!)

We will publish links to the winning and shortlisted entries from this website from late February 2018.


Get help finding or accessing online archive and heritage items or email for questions about the competition.

Online entry form


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​Page banner images from the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, State Library and Archive Service: Thylacinus cynocephalus by Helmut Diller, E-Migration or a Flight of Fair Game by A Ducot, A settler's home on Maria Island, by CL Allport.