Presidential Hackathon

Presidential Hackathon is an initiative designed for the Taiwanese government to demonstrate its emphasis on open-source data, data utilization, and practice innovation to address the needs of the country in social innovations. The event aims to facilitate exchanges among data owners, data scientists, and field experts to assemble the wisdom of crowds across government, industry, and private and public sectors. Ultimately, it strives to accelerate the optimization of public services and improve the effectiveness of government services. Looking forward, with the participation of government leaders, public officials, and citizens in joint proposals, hacking practices, and implementation, we can succeed in implementing government innovations and promoting the well-being of the people.
During this event, the government will provide published, open-source information or useful information that is currently protected but can be accessed upon official requests and encourage the integration of information from a number of non-governmental sources to produce best practices, and/or innovative services that will benefit everyone in society.

Topic Selection

Disaster Prevention and Medical Sharing

(1) Disaster Management
(2) National Disaster Prevention
(3) Medical Quality
(4) Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
(5) Emergency Medical Treatments
(6) Rural Medical Treatments
(7) Distribution of Medical Resources
(8) Other Related Topics

Youth Employment and Development

(1) Salary-wise
(2) Employment-wise
(3) Starting a Business
(4) Other Related Topics

Social Security and Well Being

(1) Social Welfare
(2) Long-term Care
(3) Human Reproduction
(4) Social Care of Vulnerable Groups
(5) Poverty Improvement
(6) Domestic Violence Prevention
(7) Services for High-Risk Families
(8) Drug Abuse
(9) Other Related Topics

Environmental Protection and Energy Sustainability

(1) Air Quality
(2) Water Resources Management
(3) Smart Homeland
(4) Resilient Cities
(5) Climate Change
(6) Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction
(7) Green Energy
(8) Other Related Topics

Smart Commute and Tourism

(1) Traffic Optimization
(2) New Southbound Tourism
(3) Other Related Topics

Best Practices

Fire Disaster Prevention

 Participating Unit: D4SG (Data for Social Good) Fellowship, Fire Bureau of Kaohsiung City
 Sources of Information Used: Fire reporting and fire brigade dispatch records, building permit data, social welfare data, demographic statistics, etc.
 Achievements: An AI (artificial intelligence) algorithm was used to build a predictive model of fire risk for buildings, and then households assessed with high risks of fire were identified to significantly improve the success rate of home firefighting visits and the effectiveness of community fire prevention. This is Taiwan's first fire-risk warning model built using AI technology.

Online Dictionary "Moedict"

 Participating Unit: g0v "gov zero"
 Sources of Information Used: Online version of Mandarin dictionary developed by the Ministry of Education
 Achievements: Using the online version of the Mandarin dictionary developed by the Ministry of Education as a foundation to develop a multi-functional, open-source online dictionary for users in social networks and online communities. In recent years, it has covered multiple languages.

Domestic Violence Prevention and Management

 Participating Unit: D4SG (Data for Social Good) fellowship, Department of Social Welfare, Taipei City Government
 Sources of Information Used: Domestic violence case information, social aids information, demographic statistics, etc.
 Achievements: By integrating internal data from the Department of Social Welfare of the Taiwan City Government, a map of domestic violence hotspots has been set up to improve social resources allocation and community advocacy; a relapse risk preventive model for domestic violence has been established to predict the probability of a relapse.

Typhoon Power Outage Prediction

 Participating Unit: Taiwan Power Company.
 Sources of Information Used: Typhoon power outage reporting data, utility pole information, demographic statistics, meteorological data, etc.
 Achievements: Open-source data has been used to organize a data prediction contest. Through crowdsourcing, prediction models have been established, leveraging typhoon power outage data in various regions to assist decision making in disaster prevention and management. The results have been submitted to the power dispatching department for further assessment.

Team Recruitment

Proposal Requirements/Unit(s)
Applicant(s) can submit the application form individually or on behalf of the government agency/department for which he/she works.
Applicant(s) not from any government agency/department must provide a detailed proposal with a related topic, form a team, and creat a contact window.
Proposal Restrictions
The proposal must be a plan that has not yet been implemented. If it is a phased plan, it must also be a part that has not yet been carried out.

  Joint proposals across departments and domains are highly preferred.
  The department rank in the government and/or individual rank in the department will be disregarded.
  Collaborative proposals between the central and local governments with at least two topics covered are highly recommended.

Intellectual Property Statement
The proposal team should specify any intellectual property rights issues that may arise during the proposal implementation period and that may involve a government agency, department, proposal team, and the general public. After the event is completed, we will recommend the dedicated government agency/department contact its proposal team with regard to the use of intellectual property and applications accordingly.

Presidential Hackathon welcomes you! Join now with your brilliant ideas



 Starting Date of Online Application Submission: 12 noon (Taiwan Time), March 5, 2018
 Proposal Submission Period: March 5-23, 2018
(Any propsoal modification is allowed prior to 12noon March 26, 2018)
 First-round Selection (Proposal Review): March 24-30, 2018
 Selection Results Announcement: April 2, 2018
 Workshops and Training Sessions for Selected Teams:
   April 14, April 28, and May 12, 2018
 Second-round Selection (Demo Given): May 19, 2018
 Demo Day and Award Ceremony: June 2, 2018



 Personal Applicant Submission: April 3-9, 2018
 Personal Application Results Announcement: April 10, 2018

*We reserve the right to modify, change, or cancel terms and conditions of the event at any time without prior notice. In the event that any changes are made, the revised terms and conditions shall be posted on this website immediately.
  • 3/5
    Starting Date of Online Application Submission
  • 3/23
    Submission Deadline
  • 4/2
    Selection Results Announcement
  • 4/3-9
    Personal Application Submission
  • 4/10
    Personal Application Results Announcement
  • 4/14
    First Workshop
  • 4/28
    Second Workshop and Mid-term Training Session
  • 5/12
    Third Workshop and Final Training Session
  • 5/19
    Second-round Selection (Demo Given)
  • 6/2
    Demo Day and Award Ceremony

Selection Criteria

(1) Level of innovation in cross-domain cooperation
(2) Level of scalability in innovative services and technologies

(1) Social needs fulfillment
(2) High replicability

(1) Control over internal or external data of the organization
(2) Regulations permit or the likelihood of adoption in practice
(3) Ability to introduce proposal into public services


20 teams selected in the first round will be given a limited edition Presidential Hackathon T-shirt.
10 teams selected in the second round will be given a limited edition Presidential Hackathon cap.
5 teams selected in the final round will be awarded by the President with a trophy designed by some of Taiwan's local artists.



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