Saturday, March 24
12.00pm - 10.00pm
Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore

  • 12:00pm Registration Opens

    Registration of participants on ground floor area of FOSSASIA Summit.

  • 2:00pm Opening and Welcome

    Welcome of participants by organizers.

  • 2:10pm Intro of Background, Rules and Prizes

    Introduction to background and partners of hackathon and outlining rules and prizes.

  • 2:20pm Presentation of Ideas, Teams and Team Building Activities

    Participants introduce their ideas and form teams.

  • 3:00pm - 10:00pm Hacking begins

    Teams are working on apps and games for sustainable development.

  • 7:30pm Dinner

    Dinner snacks and boxes are available.

  • 10:00pm Hacking space closes

    The hack place closes for the day.

Sunday, March 25
8.00am - 5.00pm
Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore

  • 08:00am - 09:00am Breakfast

    Good morning breakfast snacks.

  • 9:00am - 1:00pm Hack Activities Continue

    Participants work on awesome hacks.

  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm Catered Lunch

    Enjoy the hackathon lunch.

  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm Hacking Continues

    Participants continue to work on their hacks.

  • 2:00pm Submission Form Closes

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

  • 3:15pm - 4:00pm 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 Hackathon and FOSSASIA Summit close

    Closing of FOSSASIA Summit and 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.


Misako ITO
Misako ITO
Misako ITO Programme Specialist, Bangkok UNESCO
Davide Storti
Davide Storti FOSS Program Manager, Paris UNESCO
Mario Behling
Mario Behling Founder FOSSASIA
Cat Allman Open Source Programs Google
Vlado Koljibabic
Vlado Koljibabic
Vlado Koljibabic Senior Manager, Germany Daimler AG
 Michael Christen
Michael Christen
Michael Christen Founder and lead software architect SUSI.AI
 Dr Ben Leong
Dr Ben Leong
Dr Ben Leong Director Technology Lab Ministry of Education
Hong Phuc Dang
Hong Phuc Dang
Hong Phuc Dang Founder FOSSASIA
Dr. Koh Tat Suan
Dr. Koh Tat Suan
Dr. Koh Tat Suan Director Lifelong Learning Institute



Fantastic Hardware Prize

Win cool hardware. Value of 1,000 SGD.


Awesome Tools Prize

Win awesome tools for your hacks at a value of 1,000 SGD.


Amazing Gear Prize

Win fantastic gear. Value of 1,000 SGD.

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  • 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 24 March to Sunday 25 March 2018 at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Singapore.

  • 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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Lifelong Learning Institute Singapore is the event location for the UNESCO Hackathon at the FOSSASIA Summit. Address: 11 Eunos Road 8, Singapore 408601 (Paya Lebar MRT)