The 2016 Asia Open Data Hackathon wrapped up successfully on Aug. 14 after two intense days of competition. Standing out at the event were six teams from Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia: The Urban Baker, Farmers Is Here, and Hello World won the Best Hackers Awards, while Pinky Power, Prowide, and Radya Playground won the Invincible Hackers Awards.
The Hackathon is held by the Industrial Development Bureau of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to promote open data. This year, it expanded its scope from last year’s event, which was held jointly by Taiwan and Thailand, to also include Indonesia. Joint sponsorship came from the Industrial Development Bureau of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Thailand’s Electronic Government Agency, and Data Science Indonesia.
This year, the event featured three major themes: public services, agriculture, and arts and culture. Contestants competed to demonstrate the most innovative applications of open data.
“Through these international exchanges, not only can we learn creative ideas from other, we can also help governments understand the status of open data. We truly hope this event can help more people learn the benefits of using open data,” Mr. Jiunn-Shiow Lin, deputy director of the Industrial Development Bureau, said in opening remarks at the event.
All winning teams were given awards at the Asia Pacific Open Data Summit held in Thailand on Sept. 7.