NEA Organises First-Ever Government-Led Hackathon [Press Releases]

April 17, 2013 by  
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Singapore, 17 April 2013 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) will be organising its first-ever Clean & Green Hackathon to encourage the use of ready data or information to develop environment-related apps for smart devices and even household devices in future which the community will find useful.

2 The three-day event, to be held at the National University of Singapore’s University Town (NUS UTown) from 26 to 28 April, with a pre-event workshop on 22 April at *SCAPE, hopes to bring together private sector companies, developers, interest groups, environment advocates and the general public, to collaboratively generate good ideas for mobile apps. These apps can then help NEA track, monitor or protect the environment and empower the public to play a role in safeguarding, nurturing and cherishing Singapore’s environment.

3 With an increased pervasiveness of smart devices and mobile technology in Singapore, NEA is looking to leverage technology through mobile apps to influence the community, drive behavioural change and make informed choices using over 80 environmental data sets on air quality, weather, energy-efficient appliances, the location of recycling facilities, and many more.

4 Through the Clean & Green Hackathon, participants will receive guidance from industry experts and mentors from academia and event partners, Amazon Web Service, Google Developer Group, National University of Singapore, Samsung and SAP. Participants will also be given the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology and receive valuable advice from experts with the necessary technological and commercial expertise. Winning prototypes may even get the opportunity of being developed for public use, over and above receiving prizes worth up to $2,000.

5 Said NEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Tan, “NEA’s Clean & Green Hackathon hopes to provide a good platform for interested app and software developers to work with these key technology partners to develop useful environment-related apps for the community that can be downloaded into smart phones and other devices in the future. It’s all about putting environment data to practical use in our daily life.”

Themes

6 This year’s Clean & Green Hackathon will revolve around two themes, “Safeguard Our Clean & Green Environment” and “Conserve Our Precious Resources”.

7 “Safeguard Our Clean & Green Environment” encourages participants to leverage the latest technologies to build green communities, report problems pertaining to their environment, support green projects and challenge one another to do more for the environment. The ultimate goal is to encourage everyone to reduce waste, create more green spaces and protect wildlife to make Singapore a green city.

8 “Conserve Our Precious Resources” spurs participants to use mobile apps and smart devices to drive behaviour and develop better eco-friendly habits. This can be achieved when end users are aware of the impact they create on the environment.

Events

9 The Clean & Green Hackathon will be a weekend of mentoring and innovation, with a pre-event workshop on 22 April at The Colony@SCAPE to give participants an overview of the datasets provided and to help them scope their project better.

10 The three-day Hackathon will begin on 26 April evening with talks from corporate partners. Participants will then form teams to work on their projects. The teams can comprise participants with various skills sets, such as programmers, software designers, marketers and environment advocates, and is not restricted to those who are technology savvy.

11 Day 2 of the Hackathon on 27 April will be an intensive full day of workshops and mentor clinics to allow teams to work on their prototypes. The Hackathon will culminate on 28 April with team presentations on their prototypes before the judges decide on the winners. The event will close with an awards presentation.

12 More details on the Clean & Green Hackathon programme can be found in Annex A.

Registration

13 Interested participants can register for the Clean & Green Hackathon at http://clean-green-Hackathon.eventbrite.com/. Registration is free-of-charge. The event is not restricted to those who are technology savvy, but is open to anyone who is passionate about the environment. For enquiries, please contact Newton Circus at satya.kothimangalam@newton-circus.com.

ANNEX A

Programme for Clean & Green Hackathon

Source: NEA

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