UNESCO, UNEP, and Hackmakers are proud to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Day as part of the United Nations initiative. This hackathon is dedicated to collaborating with, and encouraging people to creatively use their skills in generating new ideas and solutions for health & wellbeing, economic growth, decent work and quality education.
On #WCID, the world is invited to embrace the idea that innovation is essential for harnessing the economic potential of nations.
The world is undergoing an unprecedented time of crises in health, education, economy and the future of work. Millions of people have lost their lives or livelihoods amongst the deepest global recession the world has ever faced in modern times. This uncertain period affords us an opportunity to reset and correct the course of many meaningful objectives. This means that creativity and innovation, at both the individual and group levels, have become the true wealth of nations in the 21st century.
Check out details of the relevant UN Development Goals below.
The challenge statements for each category will be released in the Opening Ceremony: held at 17:00 IST/ 19:30 SGT / 21:30 AEST, Friday 16 April! Submissions will need to be in video format with accompanying codebase and optional documentation. Solutions will be judged along the criteria of consistency, originality, social value, quality/design and commercialisation opportunity
We have left some challenge clues for a headstart! Hover over each card to view the challenge category background.
Not available during the #WID weekend, or already have a working solution or previous hackathon project? No worries! We will be accepting completed and previous hackathon projects into the World Innovation Day Global Showcase Competition, from March 15 to June 15.
Chief Scientist & Chief Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada
Vik is the Chief Scientist & Chief Science Advisor at Natural Resources Canada. He founded the Synthetic Intelligence Forum. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto
President, GHD Digital
Kumar is President at GHD Digital. In 2016, he was named 2016 Digital Disruptors' International Professional of the Year. He's held global leadership roles at his previous firm, KPMG.
Global Head of Developer Relations, Oracle
Guillermo is the Head of Developer Relations at Oracle, and responsible for the Oracle Advocay program aimed to transform technological learning. He is also a technical writer and a conference speaker.
Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government
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.
Program Specialist, Digital Innovation and Transformation, UNESCO
Leads UNESCO's work at the global level in the field of artificial intelligence, innovation, and digital transformation. Coordinate a global team across UNESCO Sectors and Field Offices on emerging technology and digital governance
Managing Director | DATA & AI Europe Lead Accenture
She is the MD, DATA & AI Europe Lead and Global Lead for Conversational AI at Accenture. She has 20 years experience in consulting, at the C-Suite level for Fortune 500 companies.
National President - Young Professionals at UNAA
Vanessa is a CSR & Corporate Philanthropy Professional | Foundation Manager at GenesisCare | National President - Young Professionals at United Nations Association of Australia
Founder & CEO, Women in Tech
Ayumi is the Founder and President of Women in Tech & the CEO of Social Brain. She is a leading global expert and speaker on women empowerment and community building.
CSIRO, Tyro and XERO
David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation, Xero and Tyro Payments. He is also a Director of Ramsay Health Care, and Vodafone International Group (UK).
Global Infrastructure Lead: Infra, Government and Healthcare, KPMG
Liz leads KPMG’s Global Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare practices. Her work focuses on issues related to disadvantage, disability and vulnerability, covering the many and varied aspects of the sector.
Coordinator, UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force
David is the Coordinator of the UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force at UN Environment Programme. He's co-founded several initiatives within environmental sustainibility. He has a masters in science from Oxford.
Head of Data Science & AI, Australian Computer Society
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.
Chief Data Officer,
Pascal is a recognized 𝗴𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿 in the field of 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 & 𝗛𝘆𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
● 𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝟮𝟬+ 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 in digital transformations.
Chief Executive Officer,
Ashok is the CEO of the NASSCOM Foundation. A 30-year IT industry veteran, He has the acumen of investing in, building, and nurturing people, managers, and teams that hold up the organizations' vision.
Chief Executive Officer,
Richard is the CEO at INE, the premier provider of technical training for the IT industry. He's also the President of Mariche and a Forbes Technology Council Member
Vice-President, Worldwide AI Initiatives, NVIDIA Corporation
Keith is the VP of Wordwide AI initiatives at NVIDIA. He is also the Chair of the AI Compute Taskforce at OECD-OCDE. His expertise lies in technology, government and leadership.
Global Artificial Intelligence Lead, PwC
Anand is the Global Artificial Intelligence Lead at PwC & the Innovation Lead for the emerging technology group. He is a published academic, and frequently speaks on analytics, AI and innovation.
President & CEO, Women in Technology (WIT)
Penny is the President & CEO of 'Women in Technology'. She is a thought leader, board member of intellecutal property and philantrophic organisations, and an advocate for women in leadership.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Australian Parliament House
Tim is currently the Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications. He also serves on the Parliament's Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit and the House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.
Chief Information Officer, BUPA Australia & New Zealand
Sami is the Chief Information Officer at Bupa, ANZ. In 2020, he ranked #15 in CIO50 - Australia's most innovative CIOs. He is also a graduate member of the AICD.
Vice President, Trane Technologies
Rasha is the VP of Innovation, PM Excellence & Executive Director of the Centre for Healthy & Efficient Spaces. She specialises in product management, strategy dev, research at the intersection of technology, business & public policy.
Chief Marketing Officer, INE
Scott is the Chief Marketing Officer at INE, a premier provider of technical training for the IT Industry. He's also the Managing Partner at Core Analytics Consulting, and an Adjunct Professor of Business at American University.
Vice President & Managing Director, Oracle Australia New Zealand
Cherie is the Vice President and Regional MD at Oracle, ANZ. She has 19 years of experience in senior regional and global roles for leading organisations
Senior Vice-President, Oracle JAPAC
Christopher is the SVP for Strategy, Business Dev & Insights. He has a track record of converting emerging technology innovation areas into a ramped-growth start-up revenue stream
Chief Technology Officer, Strategic Accounts, Telstra
Saeed is the Chief Technology Officer - Strategic Accounts at Telstra. He lends his technological expertise to students and professionals as an industry mentor at RMIT university, and through his blog.
CEO, Minderoo Wildfire and Disaster Resilience
Adrian is CEO of the Wildfire and Disaster resilience at Minderoo. He has leveraged techonology for philanthropy and industry disruption, and serves on the board of digital and health organisations.
Chief Technology Officer,
Carlos is the Chief Technology Officer for Cisco’s $13B Customer Experience organization. He is charged with leading the CX innovation work and driving technology delivery standards for excellence.
Chief Information Officer, carsales
Jason is the CIO at carsales.com He leads the team that develops, operates & integrates the technology across the company to provide great customer experiences, and streamline business both domestically & internationally.
Non-executive Director, Center for Asia Pacific Strategy
Philip is the Non-executive Director at the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy, USA. He was also Executive General Manager, Corporate Services at Australia Post (AP). He is a well regarded & accomplished leader with vast experience working across business, government & the NFP sector.
We have an exciting lineup of workshops scheduled for this event. Sessions are being updated as we get closer to the Opening Ceremony, so stay tuned!
Monday, April 12
There are definite challenges in working this in kind of environment. Learn ways to get the best experience out of this event. This is a MUST for everyone participating as you can always learn something new. This is a live only session.
Tuesday, April 13
There are different methods to discover insights – from ML to visualisation. Learn about how to discover these insights with Oracle Cloud with Saurabh Gupta (Oracle ACE). The discussion will also include “Even though we have these insights, should we?”
How do you make an impact? How do we know that what we build is impactful? How do we know the impact we make is a good one? Learn more about making an impact in this session with UQ Ventures.
Wednesday, April 14
The first step in a hackathon is to come up with the idea you are going to work on.
This is often easier said than done. with some teams not being able to finalise their idea until the last day of the hackathon, leaving them little time to work on other things.
Find out what are the key thing to consider in an idea, and also how best to validate and ensure the idea works.
Learning technology normally starts with what is free or Open-Source. Learn about using Open-Source Software on Oracle Cloud and see how you can start learning.
Installing different tech stack for different datastores takes time. Learn about the ways that you can use Autonomous Database for different use-cases like low-code, graph, ML, JSON, REST-APIs and spatial.
Thursday, April 15
This session is an introduction to participants to effectively compete in a Hackmakers hackathon. We will go through the roles and expectations, time commitment, Slack software and other tips for reaching out and assisting teams.
These documents are advised to be reviewed prior to this session, with a apportioned time Q and A.
Our team look forward to catching up with all the registered participants.
This session is an introduction to mentors to effectively compete in a Hackmakers hackathon. We will go through the roles and expectations, time commitment, Slack software and other tips for reaching out and assisting teams.
These documents are advised to be reviewed prior to this session, followed by Q and A.
Our team look forward to catching up with all the registered mentors.
The difference between a good solution and great solution could be as simple as how you convey your story in your pitch. Learn about the art of storytelling and pitching at this QUT BANDS session.
Tech skills in IT are important. As businesses mature in their use of digital, soft skills in IT are more relevant and critical. Learn about these softer skills in this QUT BANDS session.
Friday, 16 April
The largest ever World Innovation Day hackathon will commence at 21:30 AEDT! Join thousands of hackers, hundreds of mentors and the largest suite of sponsoring tech companies in the world for the #WorldInnovationDay Hack of 2021.
This will be the first of two speed meet and greet sessions run by Hackmakers, to organise participants into teams, and for mentors to meet teams. The agenda is as follows:
The #WorldInnovationDay Hack 2021 will run from 17:00 IST/ 19:30 SGT / 21:30 AEST Friday, 16 April to 17:00 IST/ 19:30 SGT / 21:30 AEST, Monday, 19 April.
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.
Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to mentor innovative teams for this cause! There are few resources you can access.
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.
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.
The world is undergoing an unprecedented time of crisies in health, education, economy and the future of work. Many have lost their lives or livelihoods amongst the deepest global recession the world has ever faced in modern times. This uncertain period affords us an opportunity to reset and correct the course of many meaningful objectives. We have selected three challenge categories from the 17 UN Development goals which have the power and impact to change the course of humanity.
Check out the introductory video guide for a step-by-step breakdown of the Slack channels, and examples and templates to communicate with participants!
Once you have registered, you will receive a welcome email have access to our our resources, calendar sync and Slack space.
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$40,000 worth of prizes generously contributed by our sponsors and community partners.
More announcements about the prizes to come!
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