Michael Crouch Innovation Centre


How might we use Virtual Reality technology to improve Health and Well-being?

Virtual Reality is an immersive technology which puts the user within a virtual world. How do you think we can use this to improve health and well-being? Health and well-being is a topic which everyone can relate to, and could range from community and social well-being to medicine!

During this hack, you will create your very own VR Application. With the help of our Founders in Residence V-KAIWA, who created VR Language Learning experiences which are incorporated into UNSW Language courses! 


Welcome to the MCIC VR Hack! Run in partnership with UNSW Engineering Faculty, UNSW Immersive Technologies, Entrepreneurship @ UNSW and Powered by V-Kaiwa!


Limited spots available sign up now! 


Three epic days

Over the two and a half days, we’re going to work together on a solution for a real world problem. You’ll be mentored by experts, learn new techniques, collaborate with other students and pitch your ideas!

Meet new people!

You’ll need to collaborate with people with different skills and backgrounds, this hack will be a great opportunity to meet and make new connections with students from other faculties! It’s a great way to meet new friends, or reunite with old ones!

Free food and drink!

We’ll keep you fueled with meals and plenty of snacks throughout the hack to keep you firing on all cylinders!


In addition to learning how to create your very own VR app, there will be a grand prize of $3000 for the winners, and $1000 for the runner’s up! The top few teams will be offered a chance to continue their projects as a Student Led Project with the Faculty of Engineering, and will receive mentoring from V-Kaiwa.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hack?

First up, it’s nothing scary or illegal! Some hacks (including this one) don’t even involve computer programming. A hack is an event, usually occurring over a few days, that encourages people to collaborate in an intensive way to help solve a problem.

What makes a hack so rewarding is the intensity of the experience- you’ll form fast friends and come up with solutions quickly- and the fact that you get to see the outcomes of all that collaborating really quickly. The magic happens when people from all different backgrounds come together and spark ideas in one another that alone, they would never have thought of.

Why run a hack?

Hacks are a great way to get the ball rolling on solving a whole range of real world issues. They also help you build collaboration skills that are going to be a real asset once you’ve left university.

The reason we’re running this hack is that UNSW researchers has a case study about the situations in Korail, and want to have a fresh pair of eyes from a variety of different faculties to come up with new and exciting ideas!

What skills and experience do I need to join this hack?

We’d love to see students from all faculties participating! Whether you’re a student from the Business School, Arts and Social Sciences, Medicine, Law or Engineering (or anything else we’ve missed!) your skills and perspectives will be vital and put to good use. There is no prerequisite knowledge needed- we’ll teach you the techniques and methods to produce a business model.

How are teams formed?

Teams will need to have 4-6 members with no more than 3 members in a single discipline. On the first day we’ll hold a team-formation exercise which already-formed groups and solo hackers join together as teams.

What does success look like in this hack?

At the end of this hack, you should have a functional prototype to show everyone what your ideas are. As the topic of health and well-being is quite broad, we’ll be looking for innovative and fun ideas that shines as a unique experience for your target audience. At the end of the two and a half days, you’ll pitch your ideas to a panel of experts and a winner will be announced on the night!

What happens after the hack?

The top three teams will be offered a chance to continue working on this project as a Student Led Project under the Faculty of Engineering. Moreover, they will continue to receive mentoring from V-Kaiwa!

Do I need to stay at MCIC the entire time?

We know that you have other obligations and full weekend is a big commitment, however at least half of your team needs to be present at all times!


If you have any questions about the hack, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.

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