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.
Presidential #Hackathon


Open Governance

This topic prompts citizen participation and transparency in governance leveraging open data.

Cross-domain Cooperation

This topic encourages government agencies to prompt inter-ministerial cooperation at all levels, promote shared information, and create digital government services.

Industrial Development

This topic aims to build a quality investment environment in Taiwan by eliminating all obstacles associated with the shortage of land, water, electricity, talent, and labors for local and foreign businesses to attract their investments.

Global Partners

This topic is about integrating the power, resources, and experience of the government and the people to promote international cooperation in the fields of humanitarian assistance, medical assistance, disease prevention, food security, green energy, agricultural technology, and digital governance.

National Sustainability

This topic aims for the establishment of a friendly birth, parenting, education, cultivation, and working environment to improve the quality of the workforce; the conservation of natural environment and human assets in response to climate change and in pursuit of national sustainability.

Urban and Rural Innovation

This topic is about shortening the gap between urban and rural areas, provide quality living and space for the citizens, and create sustainable and livable cities and towns.

Best Practices
2018 Top 5 Teams of Excellence

Domestic Violence Prevention and Management

The team aims to set up an early warning mechanism against domestic violence abuse to protect victims, especially children and teenagers. Introduce machine learning and artificial intelligence, and build a family risk early warning management system to help social workers allocate resources more accurately to reduce the recidivism rate of child violence and abuse at home. At present, the Taipei City and New Taipei City governments have jointly launched an initiative to promote “Data Quality.” For this reason, Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare has joined a public initiative called “D4SG (Data for Social Good) Program” with reference to the government-public cooperative model between the Department of Social Welfare of both the Taipei City and New Taipei City governments to analyze national families with a high-risk of domestic violence and abuse for home visitors to accurately monitor abuse cases. At the same time, there will be a one-stop service model established for high-risk families. For instance, the Taoyuan City government has begun to enhance its social safety net with reference to the model adopted by the Taipei City and New Taipei City governments.

Legal Aid and Assistance

This team strives to optimize the allocation of resources for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The effective provision of legal aid services can be done by combining data analysis, understanding resource coverage, proactively detecting resource allocation issues, finding the best integrated service base, and optimizing the resource allocation required by the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. At present, the Legal Aid Foundation has begun to review regional performance and identify gaps in order to seek resolutions. In cooperation with the New Taipei City Government, the Foundation also provides a patrolling service to best address most important issues facing citizens of these two cities.

One-stop Rescue Services

The team focuses on emergency care communication and resource integration. Taking Kaohsiung's gas explosion accident in 2014 as an example, there was a platform available to integrate and communicate all relevant units, including the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), the fire department, the health bureau, hospitals and ambulances. This enabled them to communicate and report to relevant units at the same time on the same platform to reduce repetitive procedures, allowing the ambulance, medical and health units to collaborate more efficiently. Thus far, the "One Stop" system prototype has been set up to integrate with data stored in Kaohsiung ambulance mobile tablet system.

Saving water resources

The team uses big data and machine learning to detect tap water leaks. Local water pipe clocks of the sensors will be connected to a big data platform through which data will be collected and analyzed using machine learning to quickly find out the leak location and/or predict the possibility of leaks. This will significantly shorten the check time from the original 2 months to 1 to 2 days. The team has also been recommended and invited to participate in the accelerometer program in New Zealand to help local water companies improve their management of leaks. For instance, Taiwan Water Corporation has begun to use data analysis methods to detect water leaks in outlying islands of Penhu and Keelung thus water leak detection efficiency has increasingly improved.

Government Zero

The team works on air referrals and medical care refinement. Through the electronic consultation platform, electronic form automation, electronic signature signing, medical record data sharing and multi-party instant video consulting services, the team has succeeded in improving the medical care mechanism of air referrals from outlying islands. All relevant regulations and work processes have been resolved and the establishment of information systems has also been outsourced. The systems are projected to go online at the beginning of 2019. It is scheduled to pilot run in Taiwan's Orchid Island and Green Island before extending to other rural areas of Taiwan.


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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.




 Starting Date of Online Application Submission: 12 noon (Taiwan Time), March 17, 2019
 Public Question Submission Period: March 7 – April 5, 2019 (Wishing Pool for the Public)
 Starting Date of Online Application Submission: March 17 - April 21, 2019
 First-round Selection: April 22 - May 1, 2019
               (Public Voting and Judge Rating)
 Selection Results Announcement: May 7, 2018
 Online Partners Recruitment Period: May 16 - 19, 2019; Results will be announced on May 20, 2019
 Workshops and Training Sessions for Selected Teams: May 26, 2019
 Workshops and Second-round Selection (Demo Given):
     June 29 – 30, 2019
 Demo Day and Award Ceremony: July 27, 2019



 Personal Applicant Submission: May 8-15, 2019
 Personal Application Results Announcement: May 20, 2019

Applicants who submit Individual Applications are required to fully attend workshops, training sessions, and second-round selection session held on May 26, June 29, and June 30, respectively.

*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.
  • 3/17
    Starting Date of Online Application Submission
  • 4/21
    Submission Deadline
  • 5/7
    Selection Results Announcement
  • 5/8-15
    Personal Application Submission
  • 5/20
    Personal Application Results Announcement
  • 5/26
    Workshops and Training Sessions for Selected Teams
  • 6/29-30
    Workshops and Second-round Selection (Demo Given)
  • 7/27
    Demo Day and Award Ceremony


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

(1) Social needs fulfillment & Citizen Participation
(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

Selection Assessment

First-round Selection: Innovation, Feasibility, and Social Influence & Citizen Participation score points are weighed in the ratio of 40%: 30%: 30%. (Score points of judges and citizens are weighed in the ratio of 70% and 30%, respectively)
Second-and Final-round Selections: Innovation, Feasibility, and Social Influence & Citizen Participation score points are weighed in the ratio of 40%: 30%: 30%. (Judges only)

Citizens Express Preference via Quadratic Voting

Each citizen participant has 99 points.
Citizen participants can change and/or correct their scoring anytime during the voting period.
Citizens' voting deadline is May 1, 2019.


A participation award sticker label with Presidential Hackathon logo will be given to every team.
A limited edition Presidential Hackathon T-shirt printed with the team logo will be given to every member of 20 teams selected in the first round.
A limited edition Presidential Hackathon Exquisite gift will be given to every member of 10 teams selected in the second round.
5 teams selected in the final round will be personally awarded by the President with a trophy designed by local artists and will be able to have dinner with celebrities from the government sector.


Presidential Office


Executive Yuan

Supporting Organizer

Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan


Ministry of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Science
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Transportation and Communications
Council of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Administration
National Development Council


Institute for Information Industry

International Track

In 2019, in addition to seeking innovative, open, collaborative and data-informed solutions for accelerating national social development, we add an international track, inviting “civic hacktivists”, governments, companies and other organizations around the world to use open data to solve global or regional development challenges. The challenge theme is ENABLING SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE, and focus on global or regional development issues withhigh social impact.

This Challenge is open to teams (not individuals) that can offer prototypes of innovative solutions within the Challenge Scope.

Maximum 5 people per team.
Submission deadline is May 24, 2019.
Acceptance announcement is June 1, 2019

  International Track