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Teams from India and Taiwan win this year’s Presidential Hackathon with projects on health procurement and social housing

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s Presidential Hackathon, an innovation challenge by the Open Contracting Partnership and the Taiwanese government. The winning teams from India and Taiwan have developed solutions that use open data on procurement to improve two critical social issues: housing inequality and access to health services. 

“We were blown away by the insights, passion and professionalism of all the teams. The diversity of proposals from around the world confirmed that accessible procurement data plays a key role in identifying solutions to critical development questions. The winning ideas showed that procurement is critical to improve people’s lives,“ says Bernadine Fernz, Head of Infrastructure at the Open Contracting Partnership.

The two winning projects are:

The teams pitched their solutions virtually to an international jury after a seven-week development and training phase. Both winning teams will take home $5,000 in prize money. 

The other finalists were teams from Central America, Colombia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, and Ukraine. All the projects proposed innovative solutions that use open data in public procurement to address specific problems to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Taiwan Presidential Hackathon is a global innovation challenge. It promotes open source, open data, and open government best practices to address governance, economic and social needs. Participants are encouraged to develop solutions that highlight how public contracts can inform the design of public policies that enable sustainable development.

Fernz adds: “Investment in infrastructure, goods and services such as schools, hospitals and roads, or medicines, energy or sanitation services are all critical to ensure better lives for citizens. There is a serious lack of open data and accessible tools to help track the progress of such projects, assess risks from external factors, identify the best solutions, and make decisions based on the best information. The Presidential Hackathon helps address this gap.”

About the Open Contracting Partnership

The Open Contracting Partnership is a silo-busting collaboration across governments, businesses, civil society, and technologists to open up and transform government contracting worldwide. We bring open data and open government together to make public contracting fair and effective. Spun out of the World Bank in 2015, we are now an independent not-for-profit working in over 50 countries around the world. We help make reforms stick and innovations jump scale, and foster a culture of openness about the policies, teams, tools, data, and results needed to deliver impact.

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