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 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.