As Singapore’s demand for emerging tech skills rise, the month-long hybrid hackathon aims to mobilize developers, designers and entrepreneurs across the island to build impactful solutions for the most pressing social and environmental challenges.
AngelHack, a developer ecosystem reaching out to more than 300,000 software developers, has announced the launch of hacksingapore, the nation’s annual flagship hackathon supported by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), which will begin in May 2023.
Partnering with Alibaba Cloud, Meta, VMWare, Mercedes Benz, Heineken, and Trust Bank, the month-long hackathon comprising physical and virtual events will conclude with a finale at Asia’s flagship tech event organized by IMDA – Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG).
The winner of the hackathon will clinch the grand prize of S$50,000.
As bridging the tech skills gap is a national focus, the hackathon aims to infuse aspiring tech talents with skills that tech organizations need, as well as guidance, and drive action to use tech for good.
Emerging tech trends such as 5G, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to influence high demand for workers skilled in these areas in the next three to five years, according to the Jobs Transformation Map (JTM) for the information and communications workforce.
hacksingapore will convene trained or aspiring technology professionals from across the island to work on projects using these emerging technologies that can have a meaningful impact on Singaporean lives and communities.
“For Singapore to be on track with its digital transformation roadmap, it is imperative to build a future-ready workforce, which is why having annual events such as hacksingapore plays an important role in advancing talent,” said Derek Wang, General Manager of Singapore, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
“It is thrilling to be able to support tech enthusiasts and developers at this event and see the creation of innovative and exciting solutions to pressing real-world problems first-hand. The next generation will drive the future of the digital world we live in, and it is important that they have access to the right opportunities and tools to use tech for good.”
Damian Kim, Managing Director, Meta Singapore, concurred: “We are proud to support AngelHack’s program and bring Singapore’s developers, designers, and entrepreneurs together to collaborate on ideas that have the potential to help solve some of our biggest social and environmental challenges.”
The challenge statements provided to the participants will be guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fall under 3 key blanket themes:
- Financial inclusion
- Digital empowerment
At a granular level, hacksingapore will consist of HackSocials, two in-person events for participants to connect and interact with like-minded individuals and learn from tech experts. It will also feature innovation workshops and mentor office hours which will provide participants with greater training and resources to help bring their ideas to fruition.
More than 1,000 developers in Singapore are expected to join the hackathon. The concept will also travel to other cities in the next phase, such as Saigon, Seoul, Bangalore, Mexico.
“We are looking forward to doing what we do best at AngelHack as we bring together changemakers, technopreneurs and code creators to devise solutions for pressing real-world problems. The tech industry needs newer approaches to attract, compensate and upskill talents with specialized skills, and a concerted effort is needed to address these areas and lower skills mismatch. Through this annual hackathon exercise, we intend to energize the developer community in Singapore through in-demand skills and mentorship, while creating exciting innovation opportunities for the tech sector through co-creation and collaboration,” said Justin Ng, Head of AngelHack.
For more information and details on how to participate in this year’s hackathon, please visit: https://hacksingapore.com/