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 as 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.

UNESCO Hackathon Schedule

12.00 Registration Opens
14:00 Opening
14.10 Intro of Background, Rules and Prizes
14:20 Presentation of Ideas, Teams and Team Building Activities
15:00 Begin of Hacking Activities
19.30 Dinner
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



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:

  1. Respond to pressing environmental challenges at local, national or regional levels in Asia
  2. Enable the visualization of data in an innovative and/or easy-to-understand way
  3. Mobilize and create engagement of variety of stakeholders and sectors in society on climate change, environment and sustainable development
  4. Gender-sensitive prototype, recognizing or encouraging women’s participation in sustainable development

Functioning App

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.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,400 in prizes

Fantastic Hardware

Win cool hardware.

Awesome Tools Prize

Win awesome tools for your hacks.

Amazing Gear Prize

Win fantastic gear!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

1. Get your ticket to the Event on

2. Sign up on Devpost.

3. Join the Gitter channel at (requires login with Github).

4. Find team members and create your team of preferably at least 3 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.

And: Stay connected, join event on Facebook and Meetup and follow FOSSASIA on Twitter.


Misako Ito

Misako Ito
UNESCO Bangkok

Davide Storti

Davide Storti
UNESCO Open Source Office, Paris

Mario Behling

Mario Behling
FOSSASIA, Co-Founder

Cat Allman

Cat Allman

Dr. Koh Tat Suan

Dr. Koh Tat Suan
Director Lifelong Learning Institute

Hong Phuc Dang

Hong Phuc Dang

Vlado Koljibabic

Vlado Koljibabic
Head of CASE IT at Daimler AG

Dr Ben Leong

Dr Ben Leong
Ministry of Education / NUS

Michael Christen

Michael Christen
Founder SUSI.AI

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Implementation
    The solution implements and uses latest technologies in an innovative way. Code is made available as Open Source during the hackathon.
  • Open Data and Open Knowledge
    The solution us using open and accessible data and open knowledge in an innovative way to benefit the society.
  • Climate Change and Environment
    The solution helps to respond to pressing climate change and environmental challenges at local, national or regional levels in Asia.
  • Usability and UX
    The hack is an easy-to-use prototype and an intuitive application with a clear and easy to use UI.
  • Benefit to Society and Market Opportunity
    The solution has the potential to engage with a wide range of actors in the society for sustainable development.
  • Scalability and Replicability
    It is possible to scale the solution and replicate it in other contexts in Asia, and particularly in the Mekong region.
  • Inclusiveness
    The solution is inclusive in regards to gender equality as an integral part of sustainable development.

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