The Presidential Hackathon is an initiative designed by the Taiwanese government to demonstrate its emphasis on open data and innovative data use to address the needs of national development and social needs. The event aims to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaborative learning among data owners, data scientists and field experts by bringing together the collective wisdom and experts from across government, industry and private and civil society. Ultimately, it strives to accelerate the optimization of public services and encourage proactive innovation from public servants to upgrade government services by enabling a ‘hacker culture’, promoting the well-being of the people and creating global partnerships.

Launched in 2018 by the Taiwan Presidency as a domestic challenge, the Taiwan Presidency then expanded the initiative to include an international track in 2019 where participants from around the world were invited to propose open data solutions for delivering a better and more sustainable environment worldwide.




Challenge Theme: Sustainability 2.0 – Climate Action

Climate Action

Climate change is affecting people on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives.
After rising steadily for decades, global carbon dioxide emissions fell by 6.4%, or 2.3 billion tonnes, in 2020, due to the reduction in economic and social activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, hopes for climate benefits from the slowdown are likely to be dashed quickly once the global economy begins to recover from the pandemic.
Saving lives and livelihoods requires urgent action to address the climate emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic is a good opportunity to change course toward Climate Action, one of the Sustainable Development Goals supported by the United Nations.
In this year’s Presidential Hackathon, we would like to invite civic hackers around the world to submit and develop your ideas for accelerating green recovery, enabling green transition, and for fighting climate change, and for building transnational partnership to solve cross-border climate issues.
In particular, we are looking for proposals that emphasize on climate mitigation or climate adaptation.

Challenge Topics

Here are some challenges you may be interested in solving:

  • How to increase natural disaster preparedness?
  • How to build, or improve disaster early warning systems?
  • How to improve existing disaster recovery management systems?
  • How to achieve net-zero carbon emissions?
  • How to facilitate resilient urban development
  • How to accelerate clean energy transformation?
  • What are the better ways for water resource management?
  • How to promote equality during the green transition?
  • How to ensure government transparency during the green transition?
  • Your Mission

    We want your best ideas on how to use open data and technology to help ensure the delivery of Climate Action. We challenge teams to generate, analyze and prototype.
    You should address at least one or more of the following:

    • Generate: Can you create new or better open data sources on Climate Action?
    • Analyze: Can you find new or improved uses of existing open data and tools that support social innovation in Climate Action?
    • Prototype: Can you create new or better tools for open data to enable Climate Action?



    Through this Presidential Hackathon, you will be able to:

    Propel your innovation ambitions.
  • Get dedicated support in advancing your innovation. Create actionable data, analysis and tools through a dedicated Climate Mitigation or Climate Adaptation that will help you achieve your ambitious Climate Action.
  • Learn globally, change locally.
  • Become a change agent in the Climate Action space. Learn from global innovators and practitioners on what works and which mistakes to avoid in generating, analysing and prototyping Climate Mitigation or Climate Adaptation locally or globally.
  • Join a community of innovators.
  • Connect with experienced peers who have led successful innovation projects and overcome similar challenges. Be part of an active community and network that can help change global, regional and national norms.

    Anyone can apply. We encourage teams from academia, business, civil society, government, media, or a combination of roles. What matters is that you have an open data vision for solving a specific problem, whether it is at global, regional, national or sub-national level.

    Your team should recommended consisting of 3-5 members. Successful teams will consist of at least three key roles:

    • A Policy Navigator who understands how government systems, market mechanisms, processes and reforms work.
    • A Technical Navigator who can navigate data or build tools; and
    • A Partnership Builder who can navigate and build buy-in to influence change in stakeholders, but does not have to be from the government.

    For teams planning to

    • Generate open data, you will need a developer who can combine multiple sources and create machine-readable data;
    • Analyse open data, you will need a data analyst with data cleaning and analysis skills;
    • Prototype, you will need a developer who can build the target product on top of your chosen open data.


    Make your project sparkle in Taiwan! Prizes for winning teams include:

    • Award cup
    • The opportunity to present your live demo in the Taiwan Presidential Office.
    • An invitation from the Taiwanese government for future collaboration.

    Travel arrangements and reimbursement will be announced once when approved by the Organizer.

    The Organizer reserves the right to alter the format of the Finalist event, award and prizes at any time without prior notice to the participants, in which case they will make reasonable effort to inform the participants prior to the date of the event.

    Start your application here Application Revision


    We are looking for proposals that:

    • Cover global or regional development issues;
    • Have the potential to deliver high impact
    • Includes cross-sector/cross-country collaboration; and
    • Have short-term deployment potential (for post-hackathon regional collaboration).
    • Are aimed at optimizing public services and public sector innovation
    • 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 solution in generating, analysing or prototyping over mitigation or adaptation to deliver the Climate Action?
    • Is your approach more effective than the existing solutions?
    • Does this unique innovation achieve its goal effectively and efficiently?

    Impact (40%)

    • Does the solution address a high priority area within the SDGs relevant to climate action?
    • Will the solution deliver significant impact?
    • Is the solution replicable or transferable?

    Feasibility (30%)

    • How fully has the idea been developed? Is the use case and solution clear?
    • How complete is the solution?
    • Have all the required documentation and deliverables been provided? (e.g. system architecture, draft data, action plans etc.)
    • How much has been done to generate buy-in or support for this solution?
    • Have the relevant stakeholders been identified and engaged?
    • How robust are the post-hackathon project development strategy and action plans?
      • How will this contribute to adoption or implementation?
      • How quickly can it be implemented?


     Application close:August 4, 2021 (GMT+8 15:00)
     Acceptance announcement:August 16
     Finalist events:August 19 - October 14
     Award Ceremony:Early December

    The Organizer reserves the right to alter the format of the Finalist event, award and prizes at any time without prior notice to the participants, in which case they will make reasonable effort to inform the participants prior to the date of the event.


    Presidential Office


    Executive Yuan

    Supporting Partner

    Ministry of Foreigner Affairs
    American Institute in Taiwan


    Ministry of Economic Affairs


    National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises