The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), developed by the United Nations, have been globally adopted as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals are interconnected; in order to leave no one behind, it is important to achieve each of the 17 goals and related targets by 2030.
In line with the needs of the country's social development, the Taiwan Presidential Hackathon, launched in 2018, is an initiative designed by the Taiwanese government to demonstrate its emphasis on open-source, open data, and related best practices to address the needs of the country through social innovations and economic development.
This event aims to facilitate exchanges among data owners, data scientists, and field experts to tap into the collective wisdom across government, industry, private and public sectors. Ultimately, it aims to accelerate the optimization of public services and stimulate inclusive social and economic growth for all people.
In 2020, 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.
Infrastructure is where it is at: roads, bridges and airports connect cities and people to each other. Schools and hospitals provide vital services to citizens.
It is also where failure has been most evident. From crumbling roads to schools that collapse over children. An estimated $97.5 trillion in infrastructure investment is needed to meet the SDGs. However, oftentimes what is built often does not live up to the coverage and quality that we expect.
We need to design, build and operate this fundamental infrastructure more sustainably. This means respecting social, economic and ecological processes that promote and take into account social and environmental factors and are inclusive.
Furthermore, rapid advancement in technology will profoundly affect the societies in Asia-Pacific regions. How countries embrace and adapt to the coming technological changes will determine whether they meet the promise of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
Here are the definitions we use for sustainable infrastructure:
We recommend participants to develop their solutions from the following perspectives:
The Open Contracting Partnership, as the Challenge Sponsor of this year’s Presidential Hackathon (international track), challenges participants to propose solutions for building better and sustainable infrastructure; from infrastructure monitoring tools to safeguarding projects against corruption and enable or enhance the likelihood of achieving performance targets (such as green procurement, enhancing competition, boosting SMEs, etc.)
Here are some background information, data and examples:
Open Contracting Partnership
The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP), is a non-profit organisation that connects governments, business and civil society to transform public procurement so that it delivers better goods, services and works to citizens. Over 40 countries and cities across the world, including G20 countries Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Mexico and the UK, are already implementing open contracting.
This Challenge is open to teams (not individuals) that can offer prototypes of innovative solutions within the Challenge Scope.
Submission deadline: May 22, 2020
Acceptance announcement: June 1, 2020 (selected teams will be invited to Taiwan)
4-days Hackathon: July 27-31, Taipei, Taiwan
Winner Demo & Award Ceremony: July 30, Presidential Building, Taipei, Taiwan
Launch of the call for application
Deadline for application
Winner Demo Day & Award Ceremony
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