Nudgeathon 2021

Nudgeathon will be held over three full days:
9am-5pm, 26-28th Sept 2021 at QUT.

Nudgeathon is a behavioural change competition, in which teams develop solutions to real-life social issues.

BEST is pleased to announce the Queensland Department of Health as the 2021 topic sponsor!

We invite teams of students, undergraduate and/or postgraduate, as well as teams from government departments and agencies and the private sector from all across Australia and New Zealand to compete in a two and a half-day Nudgeathon.

Using principles of behavioural science, teams of 4 will work on a problem brief and present their solutions to a panel of expert judges from academia, government and industry. Winners will be announced on day three, with the winning proposal presented to the Queensland Department of Health with the goal of being implemented at a State level.

If you are from an Australian or New Zealand university, organisation or government department and would like to send a team to this years event, please contact the BEST team at

If you’re interested in being a future topic sponsor for the Nudgeathon 2022 event, please contact Dr Stephen Whyte (


COVID-19 Information:

The 2021 Nudgeathon team are planning for an in-person event. Alternative arrangements are also being put in place should the event need to shift online due to a change in Queensland Health restrictions.

What is and isn’t covered:

Thanks to the generous support of the Queensland Department of Health, the BEST Centre will be covering the accommodation costs of teams attending Nudgeathon from institutions or organisations from outside of the South-East Queensland region. We will also cover catering for the three days and will be hosting a few nights out to celebrate!

All teams however, will be required to organise and pay for their own travel and transport to and from the event.

Timeline of important dates:

July 23, 2021
If you are planning on sending a team, you must send an e-mail to to register your interest in attending by July 23rd. Please include your name, institution/organisation name and nominate a key contact person for us to follow up with. Please note: You do not need to have a team finalised by this stage.

August 13, 2021
By August 13th you will need to have registered the names of all 4 members of the team who will be attending the event. This is also the final date to have approval granted from your head of school and/or department to attend.

September 3, 2021
The case brief will be sent to all teams, to allow all enough time to be prepared for the event

September 26-28, 2021
Nudgeathon begins!

Nudgeathon is a behavioural change competition, in which teams develop solutions to real-life social issues. Find out more here.

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