Join the UNESCO Open Data Hackathon at the FOSSASIA Summit, create open source apps and games that tackle climate change, environment and sustainable development challenges, and win awesome prizes! The hackathon takes place from Saturday 24 March to Sunday 25 March 2018 at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Singapore.
We are specifically interested in applications and games that set an example for others who could replicate solutions in other countries, and in particular in the Mekong countries, to tackle the sustainable development challenges. It is our goal to engage the developer community to develop innovative applications in open source by leveraging the open data and knowledge available.
We are inviting developers, designers, open source contributors, bloggers, journalists and all FOSSASIA community members to be part of the UNESCO Hackathon. We are especially encouraging applications from the Mekong region to join the contest. The hackathon is open for all and awesome prizes are waiting for you!
For participants from outside of Singapore we have the possibility to host them in a Singapore hostel. Please apply here. The number is limited. UNESCO encourages the application of women and girls.
How do I sign up?
1. Get your ticket to the Event on eventyay.com.
2. Sign up on Devpost.
3. Join the Gitter channel at https://gitter.im/fossasia/hackathon (requires login with Github).
4. Find team members and create your team preferably at least 3 members and maximum 5 contributors. You are also welcome to sign up and then wait until the Presentation of Ideas on Saturday before deciding to join a team, however we’d encourage you to form/join a team in advance if you already have an idea that you’d like to work on.
5. Join the event at the Lifelong Learning Institute on Saturday, March 24 at the opening at 2.00 pm until 10.00 pm and on Sunday, March 25 from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.
Visit the website at unesco.sciencehack.asia and stay connected, join the event on Facebook and Meetup and follow FOSSASIA on Twitter.
UNESCO Hackathon Schedule
Hackathon Opening: March 24, 2018
12.00 Registration Opens
14.10 Intro of Background, Rules and Prizes
14:20 Presentation of Ideas, Teams and Team Building Activities
15:00 Begin of Hacking Activities
22:00 Closing of Space
Hackday: March 25, 2018
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 13:00 Hack Activities Continue
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Hacking Continues
14:00 Submission Form Closes
15:15 – 16:00 Presentation of Outcome
16:00 Judges Withdraw for Consultation
16:30 Award Announcement and Ceremony
17:00 Summit Closing
Lifelong Learning Institute
Address: 11 Eunos Road 8, Singapore 408601
Prizes are awarded for three teams, and each team prize with a value of 1000 SGD. Win cool gear, hardware, raspis, Arduinos and more!
Project Submission Requirements
For the expected outcome of the hack, the applications or games shall be open source and use open data to tackle the climate change, environment and sustainable development challenges.
They shall address one or several of the following requirements:
Respond to pressing environmental challenges at local, national or regional levels in Asia
Enable the visualization of data in an innovative and/or easy-to-understand way
Mobilize and create engagement of variety of stakeholders and sectors in society on climate change, environment and sustainable development
Gender-sensitive prototype, recognizing or encouraging women’s participation in sustainable development
An important point is, is the prototype or showcase functioning? We prefer real code and design implementations over mockups.
What to enter
Please submit a link to the app, a Github repo link and a short presentation as a download or on Google drive (ensure it is set to public sharing). You can also share anything else to demonstrate your work and let us test it.
Video: The platform accepts links to YouTube, Vimeo or Youku. If you like you can post a short video to demonstrate your work.
File Upload: There is also an option to upload a file. The platform allows submitters to upload one file, though they can combine files into a single ZIP file.
Other: The platform requires contestants to enter an entry name and description. Please also accept the the conditions of the contest including sharing your work under certified Open Source license.
Share information about what operating systems or devices can your hack run on.
Include information about API, SDK, or data set, that are required to run the app.
New vs. Existing
Any work done need to be new for the competition. Existing apps are not eligible. However the specific details what is acceptable and what is not will be determined by the jury. For example existing apps that have been modified substantially and include entirely new functionality would still be eligible.
Submission Rights & Display
The submissions should be Open Source and licensed under a compliant Open Source/Free Software license. They should be upload to a Github repository.
We also request the right to use the winners’ names and work to promote the competition and hackathons in future.
UNESCO Hackathon: https://unesco.sciencehack.asia
FOSSASIA Summit: https://2018.fossasia.org
Project Signup: https://fossasia-unesco.devpost.com
List of Open Data Resources in Asia
Data portals across Asia: http://dataportals.org
Thailand https://data.go.th, http://catalog.opendata.in.th
World Bank: https://data.worldbank.org