What is Code-a-thon?

Code-a-Thon is a learning-intensive hackathon experience where beginners and experienced coders, designers and business people alike come together to develop application prototypes. The theme for Code-a-thon 2018 is Learn and Earn.

Code-a-Thon is running for the second year, and is an extended online learning and hackathon experience that is beginner-friendly. Our goal is to empower young people to become co-creators and international collaborators with technology.

Last year, #codeathon 2017 impacted 6 ASEAN cities (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Manila, Hanoi and Jakarta). Watch highlights from the #codeathon 2017 Video!

Submission deadline: October 21 2018, 23:59 (GMT +8). You can register your entry on Devpost now.

Terms and Conditions of our hackathon are as seen here.


Why take part?

  • Code for change!
  • Build your portfolio and learn new transferable skills with industry mentors!
  • Receive feedback from esteemed judges!
  • Win prizes and/or media mention!
  • Stand a chance to win an exclusive paid-for impact + learning + travel trip (CodeNomads)!


Who can take part?

Whether you are a complete newbie or a hacker, you can compete in teams of 1 – 5 with the following criteria:

  • Anyone in the age range 18 – 35
  • Anyone from the ASEAN region (Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei)
    • Anyone outside of this region can also take part, but you will be ineligible for the CodeNomads prize due to funding restrictions, until further notice.


What problems will we be solving?

1. The transition from student to working life is a major change in one’s life. It is not only a change in routine but also involves greater responsibilities and independence. Faced with the added burden of paying off student loans, doubts in career choice and social pressure to fit in, the new graduate will need to have long terms plan around lifelong learning, stress management, career progression, finances and relationships.

How might we facilitate learning to earning transition?

2. While still not widely adopted, companies are moving away from the traditional recruitment process. Creative methods are being tested with the aim of more effective screening on the basis of values, motivations, personality and cultural fit. These attributes add up to one’s reliability in the workplace, which is a common challenge to evaluate. Very often, teams only tackle this retrospectively and end up with time and resources already spent on the individual.

How might we verify a candidate’s reliability?

3. Companies looking to hire for tech roles can be matched with a growing remote working and freelance workforce. But recruiters face a knowledge gap on rapidly changing technology skills and tools. Résumes have proven to be inaccurate representations of a candidate’s competency and experience profile.

How might we assess skills accurately?

4. Remote working touches on important engagement factors for teams: camaraderie and collaboration. Compounded with cross-cultural differences, the social connectivity that employees experience in a workplace can never be entirely replicated in the online environment, no matter how many video conferences are made. This can lead to low engagement and overall performance over time.

How might we collaborate effectively in virtual teams?

5. Women suffer from career and education penalties when they get pregnant and take time off for child-caring responsibilities. Working women who take a leave of absence either switch to a different role when they return, or have to search for work in a new company. Their work experience prior to the leave is frequently discounted, the longer they are away from the workforce. Eventually, they return to lower paying or lower level jobs.

How might we make possible more flexible working opportunities?


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