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
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.
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?
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?
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
Chief Scientist & Chief Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada
CSIRO, Tyro and XERO
Vice-President, Worldwide AI Initiatives, NVIDIA Corporation
Vice President & Managing Director, Oracle Australia New Zealand
President, GHD Digital
Global Infrastructure Lead: Infra, Government and Healthcare, KPMG
Global Artificial Intelligence Lead, PwC
Christopher G. Chelliah
Senior Vice-President, Oracle JAPAC
Global Head of Developer Relations, Oracle
Coordinator, UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force
Penny R. Collins
President & CEO, Women in Technology (WIT)
Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Accounts, Telstra
Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government
Head of Data Science & AI, Australian Computer Society
Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Australian Parliament House
Minderoo Wildfire and Disaster Resilience
Program Specialist, Digital Innovation and Transformation, UNESCO
Chief Data Officer,
Chief Information Officer, BUPA Australia & New Zealand
Chief Technology Officer,
Managing Director | DATA & AI Europe Lead Accenture
CEO, NASSCOM Foundation
Founder & CEO, Women in Tech
Vice President, Trane Technologies
Chief Information Officer,
Vanessa C Mazzei
National President - Young Professionals at UNAA
Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Marketing Officer,
Non-executive Director, Center for Asia Pacific Strategy
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?"
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.
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:
Team Charter Guide
Participant and Mentor introductions
Q and A
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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:
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.