Taiwan Can Help! Presidential Hackathon Shows Achievements on Open Data of Taiwan
(Source: Office of the President)
The topic of the 2nd Presidential Hackathon was ‘Smart Nation’. There were over 100 proposals from government ministries, local governments and individuals using Government’s Open Data to make creative and meaningful application and analysis. After three months of intense competition, five outstanding teams were selected from the ten finalists on the July 27 finals and be congratulated by President Tsai Ing-wen.
For the first time, the "International Track" of the Presidential Hackathon was held this year. There were 23 teams from 15 countries, including ‘Mentadak’ from Malaysia and ‘CoST’ from Honduras who won the competition.
The 2nd Presidential Hackathon was consisted of diverse teams. In addition to teams consisted of single ministry or purely individuals, there were cross-ministry teams and teams composed of both public and private sector. In her speech, President Tsai indicted that the public service and civil society have gathered wisdom and energy to truly solve the government's problems. President Tsai encouraged civil servants to do their work bravely and do not afraid of making mistakes, ‘President supports reform’ as long as the country can be better.
The president said that in the future, she will continue to share with the international community the efforts and achievements of Taiwan in the field of open government, and also use more specific actions to let the world know ‘Taiwan Can Help.’