Saturday, October 13
08.30pm - 10.00pm
Officience Viet Nam

  • 08:00am Registration Opens

    Participants mingle and get to know each other.

  • 08:45am Opening Remarks

    Message from organizers

  • 09:00am Inspirational speech

    Mr. Sofian Akmal Abd. Karim (Consul General of Malaysia)

  • 09:10am UNESCO Handbook for Journalists Reporting on Climate Change

    Ms. Misako Ito (Regional Adviser UNESCO)

  • 9:20am Intro of Background, Rules and Prizes

    Introduction to background and outlining rules and prizes.

  • 9:45am Panel Discussion: A Green Planet for All

    With Giang Oi, Khai Don, Misako Ito and Hong Phuc Dang

  • 10:30am Lightning round by mentors

    All Hackathon Mentors

  • 11:30am Team Building Activities

    Participants introduce their ideas and form teams.

  • 12:30pm Lunch

    Lunch boxes are served at the venue.

  • 1:00pm Hacking begins

    Participants start to work on ideas.

  • 3:00pm Electronics workshop with

    Padmal M (FOSSASIA developer)

  • 5:00pm Workshop: Git and Github

    By FOSSASIA mentors.

  • 6:30pm Dinner

    Dinner snacks and boxes are available.

  • 10:00pm Hacking space closes

    The hack place closes for the day.

Sunday, October 14
8.00am - 5.30pm
Officience Viet Nam

  • 08:00am Breakfast

    Good morning breakfast snacks.

  • 08:15am Hack Activities Continue

    Participants work on awesome hacks.

  • 11:30pm How to Kill your Own Pitch

    Lan Huynh (Founder Talk To Ms.Lan)

  • 12:00pm Lightning Talks

    Short presentations by guest speakers

  • 12:30pm Catered Lunch

    Lunch boxes are available for hackathon participants.

  • 1:00pm Hacking Continues

    Participants continue to work on their hacks.

  • 2:30pm Submission Form Closes

    Participants submit their project and have one more hour to improve their showcase and hacks for the presentation.

  • 2:45pm How to crowdfund your start-up: A successful indiegogo case

    By Kee Wee Teng, Founder of LionsForge, a Start-up from Singapore

  • 3:15pm Presentation of Outcomes

    Teams present their hacks in a 3 minute pitch and 2 mins Q&A.

  • 4:00pm Judges Withdraw for Consultation

    Jury discusses hacks and chooses winners.

  • 4:30pm Award Announcement and Ceremony

    Awards are announced.

  • 5:00pm Closing

    Closing of Hackathon.

Event Partners



Open Tech Development in Asia

FOSSASIA develops Open Source software and hardware for conversational AI, science and event management with a global developer community from its base in Asia. FOSSASIA organizes Open Technology events, and runs coding programs. The annual FOSSASIA Summit is a premier Open Technology event in Asia. FOSSASIA was founded in 2009.



United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The UNESCO is an agency of the United Nations (UN) with the purpose to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.

Mentors & Speakers

Hong Phuc Dang
Hong Phuc Dang
Hong Phuc Dang Founder FOSSASIA
Sofian Akmal Abd. Karim
Sofian Akmal Abd. Karim Consul General of Malaysia Embassy of Malaysia
Tran Le Thu Giang
Tran Le Thu Giang Content Creator
Kee Wee Teng
Kee Wee Teng Founder & CEO LionsForge
Pham Lan Phuong
Pham Lan Phuong Khai Don Author, Journalist
Lan Huynh
Lan Huynh Founder Talk to Miss Lan
Le Kien Truc
Le Kien Truc Senior Developer FOSSASIA
Eden Dang
Eden Dang Program Manager FOSSASIA
Marco Gutiérrez
Marco Gutiérrez Robotics Specialist FOSSASIA
Nguyen Hong Quan
Nguyen Hong Quan Senior Developer SUSI.AI
Nguyen Cao Quynh Nhu
Nguyen Cao Quynh Nhu Head of Communications Earth Hour Vietnam
Dinh Quang Trung
Dinh Quang Trung Software Engineer honestbee
Padmal Madhushanka
Padmal Madhushanka Hardware Specialist
Tran Trong Thanh
Tran Trong Thanh CTO Nâu Studio
Vu Viet Tung
Vu Viet Tung Senior Product Engineer BodiData Inc
Tran Le Hung Phi
Tran Le Hung Phi Teacher Tran Khai Nguyen High
Mi Hoang
Mi Hoang Lecturer University of Economics and Finance
Nguyen Tan Trieu
Nguyen Tan Trieu Head of Platform Blueseed Digital
Nguyen Van Hon
Nguyen Van Hon Senior Developer FOSSASIA
Tomo Huynh
Tomo Huynh Technologist SHIELD.TO
Long Nguyen
Long Nguyen Principal Software Engineer BodiData Inc
Hai Nguyen
Hai Nguyen Manager


Misako ITO
Misako ITO
Misako ITO Regional Adviser UNESCO
Pham Van Huy
Pham Van Huy Dean of Information Technology Ton Duc Thang University
Victoria Rhodin Sandström
Victoria Rhodin Sandström
Victoria Rhodin Sandström First Secretary Embassy of Sweden
Nam Phuong Nguyen
Nam Phuong Nguyen
Nam Phuong Nguyen Community and Program Manager Officience Vietnam
Barend Scholtus
Barend Scholtus
Barend Scholtus Manager, Student Systems RMIT University
Chong Wai Kit
Chong Wai Kit
Chong Wai Kit Consul of Education Embassy of Malaysia
About Image
  • Apps and Games for Sustainable Development

    Ceate open source apps and games that tackle climate change, environment and sustainable development challenges, and win awesome prizes! The hackathon takes place from Saturday 13 October to 14 October 2018 at Officience Viet Nam.

  • Replicable and Scalable Open Tech Solutions

    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.

  • UNESCO Hackathon Open for All

    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 participants from the Mekong region to join the contest. The hackathon is open for all and awesome prizes are waiting for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the expected outcome of the hack?

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.

What area and requirements should the hack address?

There are four areas: 1. Address environmental challenges, 2. Enable the visualization of data, 3. Mobilize and create engagement, 4. Gender-sensitive prototype encouraging women in sustainable development.

Does the hack need to be a 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 link and a short presentation as a download or on Google drive. You can also share anything else to demonstrate your work.

Can I submit a video to demonstrate our hack?

The platform accepts links to YouTube, Vimeo or Youku. If you like you can post a short video to demonstrate your work.

Is it possible to show other files?

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.

What other information do I need to provide?

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.

What platform is your hack running on?

Share information about what operating systems or devices can your hack run on.

What ressources do we need to include?

Include information about API, SDK, or data set, that are required to run the app.

Do we need to code everything new or can we use existing code?

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.

What are the submission and display rights for our hack?

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.

Where can I find more info about the rules and submission guidelines?

The rules and submission guidelines are listed on the Devpost event site. Participants are required to register here and upload their work at the hackathon to the site.

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How does a Hackathon work

This video was shot at Science Hack Day San Francisco and explains what a typical Hack Day is like.

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Officience Vietnam is hosting UNESCO Hackathon at their cosy office space in the central of Ho Chi Minh City. Address: 16A Le Hong Phong (pro-long), Ward 12, District 10, HCMC, Viet Nam