The Presidential Hackathon is an initiative designed by the Taiwanese government to demonstrate its emphasis on open data and innovative data use to address needs of national development and social needs. The event aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaborative learning among data owners, data scientists and field experts by bringing together the collective wisdom and experts from across government, industry and private and civil society. Ultimately, it strives to accelerate the optimization of public services and encourage proactive innovation from public servants to upgrade government services by enabling a ‘hacker culture’, promoting the well-being of the people and creating global partnerships.

Launched in 2018 by the Taiwan Presidency as a domestic challenge, the Taiwan Presidency then expanded the initiative to include an international track in 2019 where participants from around the world were invited to propose open data solutions for delivering better and more sustainable infrastructure worldwide. This year, the Presidential Hackathon will build on its success by challenging you to use (open) data to enable the Sustainable Development Goals.

CHALLENGE THEME: Enabling Sustainable Development

Your Challenge: How can (open) data help enable the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
We want your best ideas on how to use open data and technology to help ensure public procurement delivers on the SDGs. We challenge teams to generate, analyze and prototype.

You should address at least one or more of the following:

  • Generate: Can you create new or better open data sources on public procurement?
  • Analyze: Can you find new or improved uses of existing open data and tools that support social innovation in public procurement to enable the SDGs?
  • Prototype: can you create new or better tools for open data in public procurement to enable the SDGs?

  • You are strongly encouraged to use the Open Contracting Data Standard and/or the Open Contracting for Infrastructure Data Standard in your solution and project. Your project should be unique, and may contribute something new or unfamiliar to the public. What matters is that you have an open data vision for solving a specific SDG problem, whether it is at the regional, national or sub-national level.

    Need inspiration? Find ideas from previous projects


    Why Apply?

    We want you to collaborate on the next generation of open data tools to help society move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Through this Presidential Hackathon, you will be able to:

    Propel your innovation ambitions.
  • Get dedicated support in advancing your innovation. Create actionable data, analysis and tools through a dedicated programme of activities and technical support that will help you achieve your ambitious sustainable development goals.
  • Learn globally, change locally.

  • Become a change agent in the open development space. Learn from global innovators and practitioners on what works and which mistakes to avoid in generating, analysing and prototyping data for SDGs.
  • Join a community of innovators.

  • Connect with experienced peers who have led successful innovation projects and overcome similar challenges. Be part of an active community and network that can help change global, regional and national norms.

    Who can apply?

    Anyone can apply. We encourage teams from academia, business, civil society, government, media, or a combination of roles. What matters is that you have an open data vision for solving a specific problem, whether it is at the regional, national or sub-national level.

    Your team should consist of 3-5 members. Successful teams will consist of at least three key roles:

  • A Bureaucracy Navigator who understands how government systems, processes and reforms work.
  • A Technical Navigator who can navigate data or build tools; and
  • A Partnership Builder who can navigate and build buy-in to influence change in stakeholders, but does not have to be from the government.
  • For teams planning to
    • Generate open data (e.g. OCDS/OC4IDS data), you will need a developer who can combine multiple sources and create JSON data;
    • Analyse open data (e.g. OCDS/OC4IDS data), you will need a data analyst with data cleaning and analysis skills;
    • Prototype, you will need a developer who can build the target product on top of your chosen open data (e.g. OCDS/OC4IDS data) and/or tools.

    Win the final pitch invitation and more

    Make your project sparkle in Taiwan! Prizes for winning teams include:

    • Travel arrangements and reimbursement
    • Award cups.
    • The opportunity to present you live demo in the Taiwan Presidential Office.
    • An invitation from the Taiwanese government for future collaboration.
    Open Contracting Bounty (provided by OCP)
    • Post-hackathon strategic & technical Helpdesk support for OCDS/OC4IDS teams.
    • An invitation to showcase your project at future OCP global events.
    The Organizer reserves the right to alter the format of the Grand Final, award and prizes at any time without prior notice to the participants, in which case they will make reasonable effort to inform the participants prior to the date of the event.
    Terms of travel reimbursement
    1. Round-trip tickets will be reimbursed up to US$7,000 on Economy Class for each team (up to five members.) The exchange rate will be based on the date of ticket purchase.
    2. If the tickets or boarding passes show that the flights depart from and arrive at different airports, the amount reimbursed will be based on the fare from the origin to Taiwan and back.
    3. Upon arrival in Taiwan, each member shall submit one’s ticket payment receipt/certificate of ticket issuance and the (outbound) boarding pass(es) to the organizer, sign relevant papers and complete the withholding tax procedure in accordance with the laws of Taiwan. Within seven calendar days of return from Taiwan, the (inbound) boarding pass(es) must be posted or scanned back to the organizer, who will then review the documents and transfer the reimbursement to the bank account (no more than one) designated by the team.

    Handbook Resources


    We are looking for proposals that:
    • Cover global or regional development issues (Asia context preferred);
    • Have the potential to deliver high social impact
    • Includes cross-sector/cross-country collaboration; and
    • Have short-term deployment potential (for post-hackathon regional collaboration).
    • Are aimed at optimizing public services and public sector innovation
    • Are data-driven (must have available data to create solutions); and
    • Are information technology enabled.
    Proposals will be evaluated based on three key criteria:
    • Innovation (30%)
      • How unique is the solution in generating, analysing or prototyping open data to deliver the SDGs ?
      • Is your approach more effective than the existing solutions?
      • Does this unique innovation achieve its goal effectively and efficiently?
    • Social impact (40%)
      • Does the solution address a high priority area within the SDGs?
      • Will the solution deliver significant social impact?
      • Is the solution replicable or transferable?
    • Feasibility (30%)
      • How fully has the idea been developed? Is the use case and solution clear? How complete is the solution?
      • Have all the required documentation and deliverables been provided? (e.g. system architecture, draft data, action plans etc)
      • How much has been done to generate buy-in or support for this solution? Have the relevant stakeholders been identified and engaged?
      • How robust are the post-hackathon project development strategy and action plans?
        1. How will this contribute to adoption or implementation?
        2. How quickly can it be implemented


    Application close: GMT+8 10:00, June 24
    Acceptance announcement: no later than July 10
    Finalists events: July 20-31
    Award Ceremony: September 20

    The Organizer reserves the right to alter the format of the Grand Final, award event and prizes at any time without prior notice to the participants, in which case they will make every reasonable effort to inform the participants prior to the date of the event.

    Application opens

    Mar 20

    Application closes

    GMT+8 10:00, June 24

    Acceptance announcement

    no later than July 10

    (Digital) Finalists Events

    July 20-31

    Award ceremony, Taiwan

    Sep 20


    Presidential Office


    Executive Yuan


    Open Contracting Partnership


    National Development Council
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    American Institute in Taiwan


    Ministry of Economic Affairs


    National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises