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.


Proposal and submission


Date Title


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:

  • Infrastructure refers to the set of structural elements that supports the day-to-day function and influences the direction of human society. Infrastructure includes physical structures such as roads, buildings as well as utility and now software-defined infrastructure such as electricity and Information Communication and Technology (ICT) infrastructures.
  • Sustainable infrastructure refers to designing, building, and operating these structural elements in ways that respect the social, economic and ecological processes required to promote and maintain social and environmental equity, inclusion and diversity.

Recommended Areas of Focus

We recommend participants to develop their solutions from the following perspectives:

  • Strengthen transparency and trust
  • Evaluate and deliver value for money
  • Improve decision support, risk mitigation and project/asset lifecycle management
  • Promote cross-domain or cross-border collaboration and partnership


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:

Wishing Pool from Taiwanese people


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.

  • Maximum 5 people per team.
  • Submission deadline is May 22, 2020.
  • Acceptance announcement is June 1, 2020


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 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 approach in solving a long-standing or previously intractable problem?
  • Social impact (40%)
    • Does the solution address a high priority area?
    • What is the expected social impact?
    • Is it replicable/transferable?
  • Feasibility (30%)
    • How fully has the idea been developed?
    • Does it achieve its goal effectively and efficiently?
    • How quickly can it be implemented?
    • Is the idea/solution scalable/replicable?


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


Acceptance announcement


4-days hackathon


Winner Demo Day & Award Ceremony


  • For Finalists
    • Travel arrangements for all selected finalists
      • Official invitation letter to Taipei, Taiwan for the 2020 Presidential Hackathon
      • 4-night accommodations in Taipei, Taiwan
  • For Winning Teams
    • Award cups for winning teams
    • Live demo in the Presidential Building
    • An invitation from the Taiwanese government for future collaboration


Presidential Office


Executive Yuan


Ministry of Economic Affairs
National Development Council


Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan
Open Contracting Partnership


Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Science
American Institute in Taiwan
Ministry of Transportation and Communications
National Palace Museum
Council of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Administration


National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises