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24 April - 24 May 2020
#HackForBetterDays

Join HERE Technologies’ 30-day virtual hackathon and use location and other disruptive technologies to build innovative solutions to respond to the current & future needs of society following the impact of COVID-19.

Submissions are now closed. Winners to be announced June 5th

Get involved

We are facing a challenging time - the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of millions of people and has changed the structure of societies and the way we do things in an unprecedented way. Doing things the way we once did is no longer an option. Our families, friends, colleagues and the broader community need solutions to adapt to our new changing reality.

As a call to action, HERE Technologies in Partnership with IBM and many other global and local organisations, are organising the #HackForBetterDays, a fully online, 30-day virtual hackathon across Asia Pacific!

We want enthusiastic and innovative individuals and teams to come together to use location and other disruptive technologies to build useful apps and solutions that can

  1. Respond to the needs of the society related to the issues currently being experienced;
  2. Improve the affected functions of society (e.g. school closures, gatherings restrictions, shops closing, etc) during the recovery process;
  3. Support governments and agencies to better respond to large scale disruptive events such as COVID-19 pandemic.

The society needs and issues to address may include but not limited to protecting the vulnerable population, helping the health care system, issues related to education, future of work, mental health and well-being etc.

 

You can participate in the hack by joining the following challenges:

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Build an App

Build a web or mobile app to address current challenges

Individuals or teams

2 rounds of judgement

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Build a Map

Help your community by building an informative interactive map

Individuals ONLY

1 Round of judgement

Whether you are an innovator, designer, software developer, data scientist, educator, or if you simply have ideas to help your community, we encourage you to get involved in the hack. We believe every person can have a role in this crisis and there’s an opportunity to cooperate with others to improve the lives of many.

 

Follow these steps to start making a difference:


  •  Step 1 – join the hack

Register to join the hack to get access to the hack community across APAC.

  • Step 2 – build your team

Interact with the community around you to bring the right people onboard your team to build your app.

  • Step 3 – Start building solutions

Start developing your solution

 

You don’t have a team? We have you covered! By joining the hack, you will have access to our Slack community and other resources to help you find the right people to work with.

Prizes

Build an App

  • First place – USD $5,000
  • Second place – USD $3,500
  • Third place – USD $2,000
  • Regional winners – Merchandise Prize pack from HERE Technologies and other partners
  • Partner Category prizes

Build a Map

  • First place – USD $1,000
  • Second place – USD $500
  • Third place – USD $500
  • Fourth & fifth places – HERE T-shirt
  • Partner Category prizes
Hack Timeline
Date Event

24 April

Opening Ceremony – 5:00pm Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

1 May

First touch point with participants

8 May

Second touch point with participants

15 May

Third touch point with participants

24 May

Submissions close

29 May

First round judging complete

4 June

Second round judging complete

5 June

Closing Ceremony and winner's announcement

Resources

The followings are some of the resources that will help you for #HackForBetterDays.

HERE Developer Support Slack

If you need technical support about HERE APIs and SDKs, access experts from HERE Technologies through the HERE Developers slack channel

Terms & Conditions

Make sure you read our Terms & Conditions document to further understand your eligibility and other requirements of the hack.

Partners

Proudly supported by IBM and the other Partners

Partners for event
If you wish to get involved in the hack as a partner, please contact us at hackforbetterdays@here.com
General rules
(subject to the official terms and conditions)
  • Anyone residing in the Asia-Pacific region is eligible to participate
  • You should be registered for the hack to be able to participate
  • Participants Must be at age of majority where they reside at the time of entry
  • Teams for the app challenge can consist of 1-7 people, the map challenge is an individual effort.
  • Each participant MUST NOT be a part of multiple teams
  • If you’re part of a team that’s building an app, you can still participate in the ‘build a map’ competition
  • Your submissions should address judging criteria for that challenge and through the announced submission channel.
  • Apps MUST be new and built for this hack. If you wish to use your previous code, it should be open sourced and publicly available to all other participants as of 24 April 2020.
  • Code review for winning teams may be required following the submissions.
  • To be eligible for partners’ category prizes, you should nominate your project for them during your submission.
  • Use of location services other than those provided by HERE Technologies is not permitted.

FAQ

Where can I find the official rules?

Refer to the terms and conditions of the hack. The process, judging, prizes, etc all have been explained in details.

What are the challenges I can participate in?

You can participate in either or both:

  • Build an App challenge – to create an app using location and other disruptive technologies to help your community.
  • Build a Map Challenge – to use HERE studio tool to build an informative and interactive map for your community to create situational awareness.

Can I participate in both Build an App and Map challenges?

Yes you can. However, remember Build a Map challenge is only for individuals. No teams are allowed in that challenge.

Can I use previously developed code for this hack?

No. Apps MUST be new and built for this Hackathon. If you wish to use your previous code, it should be open sourced and publicly available to all other participants as of 28 April 2020.

Do participants need to use HERE technologies to win?

Yes, your solution should have a location component and it MUST use HERE APIs and SDKs or data. You shouldn’t use other location services providers’ offerings in your code.

Where can I find information the hack partners?

The partner logos are all available on the hack’s homepage.

Do all members of the team need to sign up for the hackathon?

Yes – to ensure you’ve all accepted the terms and conditions of the competition and receive all the notifications, please all register and create a HERE Developer and Slack account.

Who can participate?

All developers, designers, domain experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are over the age of 18 or the age of majority in their jurisdiction, whichever is greater.

The Hackathon is open to individuals who legally reside in APAC (see the countries below) and are not prohibited from participating under the Disqualifying Criteria (see Terms and Conditions of the hack).

Countries:Brunei Darussalam, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China,  Guam,Hong Kong-China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos,  Macau-China,  Malaysia, Mongolia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paracel Islands, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spratly Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States Of Micronesia), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis, Futuna, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal.

Can I participate if I don’t write code or develop software?

Yes, most definitely! We have a mapping stream that you can participate in too. You can help the community by creating an informative map using HERE’s easy to use mapping platform, HERE Studio!

Also, you can join the competition as a designer, innovator, or a mentor, or someone who enjoys participating in discussions to help baking the ideas for the hack participants.

How can I find technical help or advice?

In addition to this list of frequently asked questions, you can connect with organisers and mentors in the #HackForBetterDays Slack community. They can provide answers on the competition rules and judging, point you to technical resources, and point you to the right place for general questions.

How is #HackForBetterDays judged?

The details of the judging process is available in the Terms and Conditions <provide link> document on the hack’s homepage.

How are submissions entered?

The details of the submission process is available in the Terms and Conditions document on the hack’s homepage.

Can I register after the start date?

Yes you can! You will have until 14th May to register for the event

How are teams formed?

Teams are created at the discretion of individual participants with a team being no more than 7 individuals. Options to find other team members are available through the #HackForBetterDays Slack community. You should join the hack to access the slack.

Do all members of the team need to be in the same region?

Yes. All your team members should be located in the same region (I.e. Oceania, Southeast Asia, North Asia Pacific, South Asia).

I’m outside of specified APAC regions, can I still join?

No, unfortunately you can’t.

I’ve never used Slack before. What do I do?

For those of you not familiar with Slack there's a good intro page on their website: https://slack.com/intl/en-au/resources/slack-101

Do I have access to any data sets?

Yes, there is a list of datasets you can access available on the slack of the hack. Please visit the slack to access it.

What are the prizes for the challenges?

The prizes details are available on the website of the hack. Also, join the #hackForBetterDays slack to get more information on the prizes.

How do I join the slack for the hack?

You need to join the hack by registering on the hack’s website. You will receive an email with the link to the slack and additional resources afterwards.