Urbanization, globalization, climate change, demographic change are all public pressures on people’s quality of life, safety and security. This has put many city authorities in a challenging position to tackle problems, relating to these topics. To address this, we have developed a series of hackathons spread over three months, to challenge our partners and developers to seek new ways to connect, get better insights to foster a better environment and develop a smarter and safer cities. 

 This event is brought to you by the NSW Government Smart Places Strategy, Oracle Corporation, Slack and Oracle Partner Network. Below are some examples to kickstart your ideation process!

Digital Assistant & Data Analytics

This event is for participants who are familiar with developing digital assistants and implementing data analyses that optimize statistical efficiency.

Problem Statement

Given that most mega cities are being equipped with IOT and real time information, how do we make sense of the data to provide a better response and a sustainable cities?
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Challenge categories

50 teams will instantly score a data science and career building prize back worth over $250!

Once you have selected a event to join, you should select at least one of the challenge categories and problem statements to compete in per hackathon. Hover over each tile below to see a list of their potential problem statements.

When submitting your solution at the end of the respective hackathon, your team will need to incorporate or make a reference to least one prescribed dataset released by our Lead Sponsor. These datasets will be released during the opening ceremony.

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Smart Administration

Citizens’ are increasingly expecting higher quality services and responses to their needs; be it smarter governance, intelligence mobility or an overall safer city to live. The Smart Administration challenge category can cover solutions that help cities manage public administration issues.

Example Problem Statements

How government can make their administration of services more efficient? Can you build a system that streamlines government administration from publicly available data? Where would be the nearest place for me to get the vaccination?
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Safe cities

Safe Cities require an understanding of the need for security to evolve from a reactive to a proactive approach, with integrated response. The Safe Cities challenge category can cover solutions that help cities to manage public security issues as a city population and urbanisation grows.

Example Problem Statements

How do we ensure that the environment we live in is safe? How do cities response to criminal behaviour, natural disasters, terrorism and other phenomena? Can we build an environment or city intelligence tracking tool?
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Smart Transportation

A functioning transportation and logistics system, with the right accompanying infrastructure, is the backbone of a strong economy. The Smart Transportation challenge category can cover solutions that help mega cities manage their public and private sector mobility more effectively.

Example Problem Statements

How do we deal with food safety concerns particularly with concerns about perishability and the country of origin? How do we improve the safety of autonomous cars and taxis? How do we ensure that transportations and logistics deliver faster and more reliably to citizens?
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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & CHALLENGE JUDGES

Victor Dominello

Minister for Digital, Minister for Customer Service, NSW Government

About Victor

Victor Dominello is the Minister for Digital, Minister for Customer Service at NSW Government & Member for Ryde. He has held positions in the Department of Premier & Cabinet, NSW for over 10 years.

Rama M Kamaraju

Senior Consultant, NITI Aayog

About Rama

Rama M Kamaraju is a Consultant - Governance & Research at NITI Aayog. He was previously the Sr. General Manager at the National Institute of Smart Government, India. He has 25+ years of professional experience in Public Sector Consulting and Policy formulation.

Chee Kean Lim

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Ascent Solutions 

About Chee Kean

CK Lim is the CEO & Founder of Ascent Solutions Pte Ltd & the CEO of a fully owned subsidiary Borderless Hub, & the CEO of an IOT Blockchain Trade Financing company iTrust Trading. He is also the Chairman of the Singapore Smart Nation Internet of Things Technical Committee

Yudhistira Nugraha

Director, Jakarta Smart City

Indonesia

About Yudhistira

Yudhistira Nugraha is the Director at Jakarta Smart City. He has a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford in Cyber Security. He has 7+ years of experience in the Information Technology and security fields.

Steve Nouri

Head of Data Science & AI, Australian Computer Society

About Steve

Steve Nouri is a data science leader who has evolved the way people look at AI and innovations. He is an entrepreneur, author, academic and technical manager by profession.

Aylwin Tan

Chief Customer Solutions Officer, CapitaLand Group

About Aylwin

Aylwin is the Chief Customer Solutions Officer at CapitaLand Group. He is responsible for industry promotion & customer engagement. He is also the Chairman of AIRmaker and the Director of the Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab.

 

Ian Oppermann

Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government.

About Ian

Ian is the Chief Data Scientist at the NSW Government. He is also an industry professor, global digital economy thought leader, who is involved with several councils on technology.

Dr Supakorn Siddhichai

Senior Expert, Digital Economy Promotion Agency 

About Dr Supakorn

Dr Supakorn Siddhichai is the Executive Vice President at Digital economy promotion agency (DEPA), Thailand. He was previously a Research Assistant with National Electronics & Computer Technology Center (NECTC) for 16+ years.

Horng Shya

Managing Director, Oracle Singapore

About Horng

Horng Shya is the Managing Director, Oracle Singapore, where she is responsible for managing the company’s operations and setting Oracle’s strategy for growth, performance and profitability. Prior to joining Oracle, she led the Public Sector business at Microsoft Singapore.

Craig Chung

Councillor, City of Sydney             

About Craig

Craig Chung is the Councillor at City of Sydney. He was elected in September 2016. Prior to this, Craig served four years as a councillor on the City of Ryde Council. He is passionate about ensuring Sydney is digital-ready to become a Smart City.

Workshop & Event Agenda

Friday, 26 February

  • Hackathon Overview (3 Hackathon, 3 Challenges) – EK Goh
  • OCI Overview – Barry Cheung
  • Onboarding to OCI, Self Learning and Workshop Schedule – Swee Aun
  • Tips and Winning the Hackathons – Hackmakers
  • Smart Cities Solutions Sharing on OCI – Francis Han

Rodney Sowirono – Cloud Specialist, Application Development

  • Intuitive Developer Experience
  • Easy Page Design
  • World Class UI
  • Immediate Results 

Monday, 1 March

Ravi Pinto – Director, Product Management, SOA-Cloud

  • Pre-integrate connectivity
  • simplifies the creation of application programming interfaces (API’s)

Tuesday, 2 March

Kwan Wan – Cloud Specialist Director, Application Development

  • OCI Virtual Machine
  • Strategy to adopt cloud-native applications and technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, microservices and infrastructure as code

Ivan Ma – MySQL Principal Solution Engineer

  • MySQL Database Service provides a managed MySQL Database on OCI.
    The session is to enable developer to start using MDS in the following areas:
  • Provisioning / Terminating MDS – Using MDS Console
  • Connecting to MDS with tools / Languages (e.g. PHP, Java, Python, NodeJS and Workbench)
  • Uploading Data to MDS and Using Object Storage if needed
  • Troubleshooting

Wednesday, 3 March

Francis Han – Senior Director, JAPAC Solution Center

This session is an introduction to mentor effectively in a Hackmakers hackathon. We will go through:

  • The roles and expectations
  • Time commitment
  • Using Slack software
  • Other tips for reaching out and assisting teams.

Thursday, 4 March

Barry Hiern – Director, Product Management, Digital Assistant & AI

  • Creating new chatbots
  • Visual development tools
  • Built in bot analytics

Friday, 5 March

This session will announce the challenge categories, datasets and tips and tricks for attendees.

  • Janson Lim (Lead Product Owner, Australian Computer Society)
  • Scott Newman (Senior Director – Cloud Platforms, Oracle)
  • Craig Chung (Councillor, City of Sydney)
  • Ian Oppermann (NSW Government)
  • Steve Nouri (Chairman, Hackmakers)

This session is an introduction to match participants into teams, and teams with mentors. It will cover:

  • Who the Hackmakers staff is
  • Meeting other participants and mentors
  • Breakout sessions
  • Best practice tips and tricks for team creation

Frequently Asked Questions

The #Smartcities Hack is a series of separate competition events that will span across three different dates. Please note, all times are listed in Australian Eastern Time (AET).

  1. Running from 17:00 SGT March 5 to 17:00 SGT March 9, the first event is the rapid application development hackathon. This event is targeted at participants who have no or limited coding experience or above.
  2. Running from 17:00 June 4 to 17:00 June 8, the second event is the Digital Assistant & Data Analytics hackathon. This event is targeted at participants with at least moderate technical and programming knowledge.

Use the calendar sync function to keep yourself updated on all the updates, ceremony presentations and reminders throughout the hackathon series.

Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to build innovative solutions! There are few resources you can access.

  1. The Participant Guide is a helpful resource for competitors to understand how a hackathon works, the main stages of the development process and a rundown of all the major channels. If you are already in a team, check out the Team Charter Guide.
  2. The Primer Pack is a folder of the best open source templates teams can use to map our their hackathon journey: Ideation tips, assumption mappers, Agile project management and presentation tips)
  3. There is also a dedicated playlist of onboarding video resources “Hackathon 101” available on our Youtube channel.
  4. If it’s your first time using Slack or hackathon software, check out the Slack and Software Guide for a rundown of the space, important channels and recommended tools.
  5. Finally, check out our Lead Sponsor’s series of Oracle technology primers that will help you set up the technologies that can help you become successful.

Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to mentor innovative teams for this cause! There are few resources you can access.

  1. The Mentoring Guide is a helpful resource for mentors to understand how a hackathon works, the main stages of the development process and a rundown of all the major channels.
  2. During the competition, the Primer Pack is a folder of the best open source templates teams can use to map our their hackathon journey: Ideation tips, assumption mappers, Agile project management and presentation tips)
  3. There is also a dedicated playlist of onboarding video resources “Hackathon 101” available on our Youtube channel.
  4. If it’s your first time using Slack or hackathon software, check out the Slack and Software Guide for a rundown of the space, important channels and recommended tools.
  5. Finally, check out our Lead Sponsor’s series of Oracle technology primers that will help you set up the technologies that can help you become successful.

Mentors and lead mentors will also be invited to dedicated mentor induction sessions, and be invited to the #mentors_private channel on our Slack space.

Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to judge innovative solutions for this cause! There are few resources you can access.

  1. The Judge’s Guide is a helpful resource for mentors to understand how a hackathon works, the selection criteria and other important details.
  2. There is also a dedicated playlist of onboarding video resources “Hackathon 101” available on our Youtube channel.

Judge’s are welcome to contact the organisers directly in a private channel in the Slack space.

Team formation is going to be happening in a number of different potential ways. You will be able to work out who is in your team before the competition starts however you won’t be able to officially register your team on the Hackerspace until the competition launches.

  1. The first way is to come in with an existing team of people that you already know and work with them. This is the best way to enter the competition.
  2. The second way is via Slack using the #find-team channel to post a quick description about yourself and your skills, while reading others participant’s blurbs.
  3. The third is through specified team forming sessions organised by Hackmakers through Zoom. This option will become available to participants to drop in/ drop out on the first day of the hackathon, from 14:00 – 16:00 AET. Sync your calendar for the session link.
Urbanization, globalization, climate change, demographic change are all public pressure to improve people’s quality of life, safety and security. This has put many city authorities in challenging position to tackle problems, relating to these topics. To address this, we have developed this series of hackathons spread over three months, to challenge our partner and developers to seek new ways to connect, new ways to get better insights to the environment and develop a smarter and safer cities.
 
More broadly, A hackathon (hack = solving a complex problem) (athon = marathon) is an intense sprint-style experience in which software developers, interface designers, technologists and product experts come together to rapidly develop software or hardware projects. 

Please find the rules and guidelines for both all the hackathons in the #Smartcities Hack series.

There is also a quick access FAQ guide that summarises answers for the major questions of the competition.

Once you have registered, you will receive a welcome email have access to our our resources, calendar sync and Slack space. 

  1. The resource pack will be a collection of short videos, templates and documents tailor made to help participants ideate, prototype and submit their solutions.
  2. The calendar sync link will be a method for all participants and mentors to receive the latest updates, ceremony presentations and timelines reminders throughout the hackathon series.
  3. The Slack channel will be where you can meet other competitors and the Hackmakers staff.

Hackmakers will organise, lead mentors, and mentors with hackathon experience will facilitate teams to maximise their experience. This includes helping match participants to team and skills, debug code, ideate, introduce to the resources and tools, and effectively present their solution.

We will have over AU$25,000 worth of prizes generously contributed by our sponsors and community partners. In every hackathon, the prizes will be distributed in the following method:

  1. First prize will receive $2,500 cash and $1,000 of in-kind prizes.
  2. Second prize will receive $1,500 cash and $500 of in-kind prizes.
  3. Third prize will receive $1,000 cash and $250 of in-kind prizes.

Winners and finalists will be distributed irrespective of the selected challenge category.

The full schedule can be found here.

If it’s your first time using Slack or hackathon software, check out the Slack and Software Guide for a rundown of the space, important channels and recommended tools.

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