ABOUT THE COMPETITION

UNESCO, UNEP, and Hackmakers are proud to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Day as part of the United Nations initiative. This hackathon is dedicated to collaborating with, and encouraging people to creatively use their skills in generating new ideas and solutions for health & wellbeing, economic growth, decent work and quality education.

Check out details of the relevant UN Development Goals below.

Congratulations to our winners !

Winner : Team Berkeley Data Science

Finalist : Team Sign Hand

Finalist : Team Swasthya

Honourable Mention : Team Edu-FX

Honourable Mention : Team PlatoLearn

Honourable Mention : Team Medicall

Challenge categories

 PREPARE TO DEVELOP YOUR SOLUTION

The challenge statements for each category will be released in the Opening Ceremony: held at 17:00 IST/ 19:30 SGT / 21:30 AEST, Friday 16 April!  Submissions will need to be in video format with accompanying codebase and optional documentation. Solutions will be judged along the criteria of consistency, originality, social value, quality/design and commercialisation opportunity

We have left some challenge clues for a headstart! Hover over each card to view the challenge category background.

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UN Development Goal #3: Health & Wellbeing

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages.

The targets  cover and focus on various aspects of healthy life and healthy lifestyle. It aims to achieve universal health coverage, that seeks equitable access of healthcare services to all men and women. Solutions may include health apps, dashboards and monitoring technologies.

Challenge Background: Health & Wellbeing

Progress in many health areas are strong, but needs acceleration, particularly in tuberculosis, child health, maternal health, HIV and immunizations. Healthcare disruptions under COVID-19 reverse decades of improvement, with hundreds of thousands of under-5 deaths expected in 2021. How can we correct the course of this alarming trend?

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UN Development Goal #4: Quality Education

To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This goal aims to provide children and young people with quality and easily accessible education plus other learning opportunities, with one of the targets is to achieve universal literacy and numeracy.

Challenge Background: Quality Education

With an estimated over 200 million children out of school by 2030, and inequalities of education exacerbated by COVID-19, remote learning remains out of reach for at least 500 million students. How can we develop new and innovative solutions to help democratise learning for all?

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UN Development Goal #8: Decent Work & Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. This goal aims at ensuring the economic sector of every country provides the necessary need for its citizen to have a good life irrespective of their background, race, culture or other extraneous circumstances.

Challenge Background: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Before COVID-19, global economic growth was slowing down from 2% per capita (2010 - 2018) to 1.5% in 2019. The world faces the worst economic recession since the great depression, with sectors such as tourism facing unprecedented challenges.  Are there innovative solutions to help the 400 million recently displaced workers in 2021?

 

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT FOR THE  GLOBAL SHOWCASE

Not available during the #WID weekend, or already have a working solution or previous hackathon project? No worries! We will be accepting completed and previous hackathon projects into the World Innovation Day Global Showcase Competition, from March 15 to June 15.

UN Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities & Development

Urbanization, globalization, climate change, demographic change are all public pressures on people’s quality of life, safety and security. This has put many city authorities in a challenging position to tackle problems, relating to these topics. This is your chance to foster a better environment and develop better cities.

Showcase Background: Sustainable Cities & Development

 

Worldwide consumption and production, a driving force of the global economy, rely on the use of the natural environment and resources in a model that continues to lead to destructive impacts on the planet. The pandemic offers countries an opportunity to build a recovery plan that will reverse current trends and change consumption and production patterns towards a sustainable future. How can we build a more sustainable city environment for society?

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & CHALLENGE JUDGES

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Vik Pant

Chief Scientist & Chief Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada

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David Thodey

Chairperson,
CSIRO, Tyro and XERO

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Keith Strier

Vice-President, Worldwide AI Initiatives, NVIDIA Corporation

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Cherie Ryan

Vice President & Managing Director, Oracle Australia New Zealand

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Kumar Parakala

President, GHD Digital

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Liz Forsyth

Global Infrastructure Lead: Infra, Government and Healthcare, KPMG

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Anand Rao

Global Artificial Intelligence Lead, PwC

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Christopher G. Chelliah

Senior Vice-President, Oracle JAPAC

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Guillermo Ruiz

Global Head of Developer Relations, Oracle

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David Jensen

Coordinator, UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force

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Penny R. Collins

President & CEO, Women in Technology (WIT)

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Saeed Tasbihsazan

Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Accounts, Telstra

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Ian Oppermann

Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government

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Steve Nouri

Head of Data Science & AI, Australian Computer Society

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Tim Watts

Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Australian Parliament House

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Adrian Turner

CEO,

Minderoo Wildfire and Disaster Resilience

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Sasha Rubel

Program Specialist, Digital Innovation and Transformation, UNESCO

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Pascal Bornet

Chief Data Officer,
Aera Technology

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Sami Yalavac

Chief Information Officer, BUPA Australia & New Zealand

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Carlos Pignataro

Chief Technology Officer,
CX, CISCO

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Laetitia Cailleteau

Managing Director | DATA & AI Europe Lead Accenture

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Ashok Pamidi

CEO, NASSCOM Foundation

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Ayumi Aoki

Founder & CEO, Women in Tech

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Rasha Hasaneen

Vice President, Trane Technologies 

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Jason Blackman

Chief Information Officer,

Carsales

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Vanessa C Mazzei

National President - Young Professionals at UNAA

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Richard McLain

Chief Executive Officer,
INE

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Scott Cederbaum

Chief Marketing Officer,

INE

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Philip Dalidakis

Non-executive Director, Center for Asia Pacific Strategy

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ITINERARY AND WORKSHOPS

We have an exciting lineup of workshops scheduled for this event. Sessions are being updated as we get closer to the Opening Ceremony, so stay tuned!

Monday, April 12

There are definite challenges in working this in kind of environment. Learn ways to get the best experience out of this event. This is a MUST for everyone participating as you can always learn something new. This is a live only session.

Tuesday, April 13

Presented by: Santiago Basulto (INE)

 

Description: Python has become the standard language in IT: CyberSecurity, Data Science, Networking and Systems Programming all depend on Python to work. 

 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the current state of the industry and how Python plays a fundamental role in it, and how training companies including INE are learning and teaching it effectively. 

There are different methods to discover insights - from ML to visualisation. Learn about how to discover these insights with Oracle Cloud with Saurabh Gupta (Oracle ACE). The discussion will also include "Even though we have these insights, should we?"

How do you make an impact? How do we know that what we build is impactful? How do we know the impact we make is a good one? Learn more about making an impact in this session with UQ Ventures.

Wednesday, April 14

The first step in a hackathon is to come up with the idea you are going to work on.

This is often easier said than done. with some teams not being able to finalise their idea until the last day of the hackathon, leaving them little time to work on other things.

Find out what are the key thing to consider in an idea, and also how best to validate and ensure the idea works.

Learning technology normally starts with what is free or Open-Source. Learn about using Open-Source Software on Oracle Cloud and see how you can start learning.

Installing different tech stack for different datastores takes time. Learn about the ways that you can use Autonomous Database for different use-cases like low-code, graph, ML, JSON, REST-APIs and spatial.

Thursday, April 15

This session is an introduction to participants to effectively compete in a Hackmakers hackathon. We will go through the roles and expectations, time commitment, Slack software and other tips for reaching out and assisting teams.

These documents are advised to be reviewed prior to this session, with a apportioned time Q and A.

Our team look forward to catching up with all the registered participants.

This session is an introduction to mentors to effectively compete in a Hackmakers hackathon. We will go through the roles and expectations, time commitment, Slack software and other tips for reaching out and assisting teams.

These documents are advised to be reviewed prior to this session, followed by Q and A.

Our team look forward to catching up with all the registered mentors.

The difference between a good solution and great solution could be as simple as how you convey your story in your pitch. Learn about the art of storytelling and pitching at this QUT BANDS session.

Tech skills in IT are important. As businesses mature in their use of digital, soft skills in IT are more relevant and critical. Learn about these softer skills in this QUT BANDS session.

Friday, 16 April

The largest ever World Innovation Day hackathon will commence at 21:30 AEDT! Join thousands of hackers, hundreds of mentors and the largest suite of sponsoring tech companies in the world for the #WorldInnovationDay Hack of 2021.
 

This will be the first of two speed meet and greet sessions run by Hackmakers, to organise participants into teams, and for mentors to meet teams. The agenda is as follows:

  • Hackmakers Introductions
    Team Charter Guide

  • Participant and Mentor introductions

  • Breakout Rooms

  • Q and A

  • Conclusion

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IN COLLABORATION WITH

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Frequently Asked Questions

 I'm a recruiter looking for top tech talent! How can I get involved and discover ?

We will be opening up a special channel for recruiters to be able to meet individual competitors and finalist teams. Please find the attached pitch deck, and register your expression of interest in this form: 

https://forms.gle/SKiT2PZjUdfNePgi6

There are two phases to this hackathon. The first phase involves potentially showcasing your work and upvoting other awesome ideas that were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions will be due by 23:59, Friday 24 June, and be voted on both by the community and a panel of data science experts.

The second phase involves the hackathon. After you sign up you will be invited via email to our event online collaborative space.

The virtual hackathon begins 19:00 Friday, 24th July AEST  and concludes 19:00 Monday, 27th July.

This hackathon will be aimed at utilising data science and AI to gain meaningful and actionable insights as nations emerge from lockdowns and stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19. 

A hackathon (hack = solving a complex problem) (athon = marathon) is an intense sprint-style experience in which software developers, interface designers, technologists and product experts come together to rapidly develop software or hardware projects. 

Once you have registered, you will have access to our dashboard. The resources and Slack space will come online very soon, closer to the hackathon date!

HackMakers will organise, lead mentors, and mentors with hackathon experience will facilitate teams to maximise their experience. This includes helping match participants to team and skills, debug code, ideate, introduce to the resources and tools, and effectively present their solution.

Individuals discuss ideas, share their abilities and skills, then join an existing team or find people in the platform channels to build a new one. In previous event, some successful teams voting on their favourite challenge problem, generate potential solutions and tested these before picking the best option to take forward.

If you don’t have a team, mentors or organisers will be on hand to assist matching.

Most people don’t have an idea before they get to the event. But once you join the event, review the challenges and start talking to other people, you might come up with something. You can also work with somebody else on their idea if you like it.

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY & EDUCATION PARTNERS

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Building innovative solutions to boost worldwide creativity and innovation.
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