People and Wellbeing


There are many people who participate in the Codeathon in some way including volunteers, participants, government representatives, mentors, coaches and are fabulous Codeathon event organisers. Participants hail from all walks of life and bring a mish mash of diversity and amazingness to the event!


As this is an international event focussing on collaboration we expect that you will form teams with a good mix of nationalities. You are allowed to compete as an individual, but we highly recommend you find other awesome people and join a team. There is a maximum size of 10 for a team. The best teams have a mix of skill sets. If you don’t have a team, find a local crew member who will help you meet other Codeathoners looking for a team.

We use Slack for event weekend communications and team forming. You will be sent an invite to register with the Slack workspace prior to the event.


Wellbeing at Codeathon

Taking  care of yourself sounds pretty basic, but it’s surprisingly easy to forget over an intense 32 hours at a Codeathon. Here are a few glaringly obvious things to bear in mind.

  • Try not to get too stressed. (It helps to set realistic expectations, and to focus on having something ready to demo – perfectionism and feature creep aren’t your friends at a hackathon. And don’t forget to back-up your work, to avoid any last-minute panic.)
  • Stretch!
  • Make sure you eat and drink regularly, and not just caffeinated drinks. Hydration is important.
  • Take breaks, go outside in the sunshine, tune out the world with headphones.
  • Meal breaks are the perfect time to take a real break and also make new friends or get fresh air
  • Remember to take any medication that you need.
  • Try to get plenty of sleep. (We don’t recommend being that person who works all night and doesn’t sleep. This recommendation may be based on real life experience.)

Photography, video and audio recording

Codeathon is subject to extensive recording in video, audio and photographic form. By attending, you acknowledge and accept that you may be the subject of such recording, which may be shared through digital media in relation to the Codeathon. We will seek to accommodate any specific wish not to be recorded, but cannot guarantee you will not be recorded in some form.

Public transport

Neither the event organisers nor venue operators can accept responsibility for personal belongings left unattended onsite. If you don’t have a trusted person to look after your belongings, we recommend taking them with you if you leave the venue.

Occupational health and safety

OH&S refers to the policies, procedures, legislations and activities, which aim to protect the health and safety of people within a workplace. Specific ways to limit hazards to yourself or another person whilst participating in the Codeathon are listed below.

  • It is imperative that your health and safety is never compromised.
  • If you have any existing injuries, inform a volunteer
  • If you notice any hazards, report them immediately to a volunteer (e.g. water spillages)
  • Minimise the risk of tripping by getting a volunteer to place gaffer tape over cords, securing them to the floor
  • Place tables and electrical items close to the power outlets whenever possible
  • Bend your knees when you lift
  • If you start to shake, put on some warmer clothes and/or slow down on the coffee/Red Bull

Think before you lift!

Manual handling occurs when you are lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding, and restraining any person or thing. It’s unlikely you’ll have to lift anything heavy at this event – do you really need to be moving that? Check with a Codeathon volunteer before moving anything larger than a laptop.

First aid

If a person is unconscious or requires an ambulance, immediately dial the emergency number.

Emergency procedures

Details of emergency procedures will be introduced to participants during induction and on display within the venue. Make yourself familiar with these procedures at any time you’re onsite.