We believe in the power of volunteering and we believe we can leverage the skills and expertise of Vodafone to support the mahi of our partners. Next year, we’ll be holding hack-a-thons that bring together highly-skilled Vodafone volunteers to solve challenges set by our community partners.

These challenges could be anything from creating a business cases to marketing, human resource and financial advice… that can be solved with the application of Vodafone’s expertise.

We are inviting selected, Auckland based community partners to send us their challenges in October with a view to hold the hack-a-thons in February 2018 at our Smales Farm offices. This is a pilot programme, so we’re keeping it small to give us an opportunity to learn, with a view of expanding the Hack-a-thons across Aotearoa in the future.


The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation has a Big Hairy Audacious Goal – to see all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand living lives they value. We’re contributing to this goal by supporting the most excluded and disadvantaged young people.

Potential support

A week of wrap around support and an allocated group of skilled Vodafone volunteers to swarm around a community problem.

Hack-a-thon Criteria

Please carefully read though this list, you must meet all of the criteria in order to be shortlisted:

  • All projects will be aligned to the Foundation’s strategy: http://foundation.vodafone.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Vodafone-NZ-Foundation-Strategy-2017-2027.pdf
  • Only individuals and organisations who have been specifically invited to apply are eligible and there must be an established relationship between the individual and the organisation
  • Organisations based in Auckland and available to participate in the Hack-a-thon between 19 and 23 February 2018 at the Vodafone offices in Smales Farm, Takapuna.
  • Participating organisations must have New Zealand charitable or other not for profit status.
  • The problem to solve needs to be within the following categories HR, Finance, Marketing & Commercial and Business support (more details under support available below)
  • Outcomes must relate to supporting the most excluded and disadvantaged young people to live lives they value. The cause must be youth-focussed (defined as individuals between 12 to 24 years of age)
  • The organisation must be collaborative in nature and willing to share knowledge and learnings with others in the sector for greater impact
  • We will provide skilled volunteering and expert support to the successful organisations, but please note that there is no funding available and we won’t accept any requests for funding as part of this process.
  • Organisations can submit up to 3 applications for the first Hack-a-thon round but please note that a maximum of one challenge per organisation will be selected
  • Not all applications will be successful. Up to four organisations will be selected to participate in the Hack-a-thon in 2018 and this is a competitive process

Hack-a-thon support available:

Human Resources:

  • Employee development planning – leadership training, capability development and goal setting
  • Rewards and recognition
  • Health and Safety
  • Resourcing – processes and practices for recruitment
  • Succession planning
  • Employment Relations issues – performance management, disciplinary issues, dismissals, bullying/harassment
  • Employee engagement
  • Assessment and building a tailored solution for your organisation


  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Financial Management and systems
  • Accounting
  • Reporting

Marketing and commercial:

  • Project Management
  • Marketing, Brand and communications guidance
  • Commercial management – how to use your funds
  • Developing propositions
  • Strategy and planning – creating a long term plan and how to execute it
  • Or all of the above, putting a Marketing package and including templates

Business support:

  • Sales strategy / Business proposal writing
  • Business Case commercial modelling
  • Presentation development and presenting skills/training
  • Technology insight and guidance – mobility, cloud, networking, contact centre etc

Please note that hack-a-thons exclude building websites or making films, due to the very limited resources at Vodafone within those teams. We also won’t provide hardware of any kind as per our Vodafone Foundation policies.



  • Call for entries: 2 October until the 31 October 2017, applicants to complete the application form (details below)
  • First shortlisting process: The outcome will be communicated to all applications by the 17 November and a maximum of four successful candidates will be visited
  • Visits: The Foundation team and Vodafone Senior experts will visit the shortlisted organisations to explore the problems and assess which ones can be solved by Vodafone staff. Visit will be organised towards the end of November or beginning of December.
  • Decisions made: Following the visits in mid-December.
  • Announcement of up to four successful Hack-a-thons participants
  • Hack-a-thon week: Between 19 and 23 February 2018


Application information

Only individuals and organisations who have been specifically invited to apply are eligible. To apply, please complete the application form sent by the Vodafone Foundation team with the invitation (available on English or Te Reo Maori) or send us your video to vodafonenzfoundation@vodafone.com by the 31 October 2017. If you have any questions regarding the Hack-a-thon application process feel free to contact the Foundation team to discuss.