Code green! Join UNESCO Science and Open Data Hackathon at FOSSASIA Summit
What: UNESCO Science and Open Data Hackathon at FOSSASIA Summit
When: 24-25 March
Where: Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore
Free and open-source technology and software open up a world of opportunity to develop the innovative solutions we need to some of today’s most pressing development challenges.
UNESCO and FOSSASIA will be holding a two-day hackathon aimed at creating open source science apps and games that seize this potential and respond to environmental issues, such as climate change, and other challenges to peaceful and sustainable development.
The hackathon is open to all – developers, designers, open source contributors, bloggers and journalists are invited to join and women are especially encouraged to be involved.
Over the course of the two-day hackathon, participants will be tasked with developing apps that respond to pressing environmental challenges at the local, national or regional levels in Asia. The final apps will be assessed by judges on criteria including their scalability and replicability in Mekong countries; innovative visualization of data; potential to mobilize and spur engagement among key stakeholders; gender-sensitivity; and app functionality. Apps will also be assessed on the extent to which they use open and accessible data and open knowledge in an innovative way. Existing apps are not eligible for this competition.
The FOSSASIA Summit is the premier annual event for free and open-source technology in Asia.
UNESCO and FOSSASIA share a belief in the tremendous potential of free and open-source software and technology as well as open data and knowledge to advance development. This aligns with UNESCO’s mandate to build knowledge societies and empower local communities by sharing and increasing access to information.