Now onto its fourth year, #codeathonX is your first step in designing digital solutions that can scale and impact our region. Sign up now!


What is #codeathonX?

#codeathonX is a flagship programme by Code for Asia – a social enterprise promoting inclusive digital innovations headquartered in Singapore since 2016.A learning-intensive and beginner-friendly tech challenge, #codeathonX invites young people from around ASEAN to be co-organisers and co-creators in applying technology for impact. With a strategic focus on Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 8 and 11, #codeathonX is a one-of-a-kind tech talent accelerator that aims to nurture and boost people aged 18-35 in creating change using technology.

Whether you are a business, a computer science or a design major, #codeathonX is a unique opportunity for you to join as an individual or as a team to submit online and stand an opportunity to be part of a lifelong learning community with access to expertise, funding, networks and resources to propel your personal growth. Selected, individual talents from #codeathonX will be able to join our annual product-building bootcamp called CodeNomad to receive intensive training and support as they get connected to partners, collaborators and even funding resources.

Always wanted to organise your own hackathon? Make an app that thousands, if not millions will use? Submit for #codeathonX and stand an opportunity to learn and travel this summer! Check out the links below to learn more about #codeathonX:

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How do you select winners?

  1. Empathy: Did the team identify a real, significant problem?
  2. Innovation: Is the submitted prototype fully functional and intuitive to use?
  3. Entrepreneurship: Is the solution desirable? is it addressing the right market?
  4. Storytelling: Is the overall pitch/story compelling?
  5. Diversity and Inclusion: Is the team reaching out to new/underserved audiences?

There are global, local and individual prizes to be won. We also care a great deal about whether the team and/or individuals demonstrate the willingness, commitment and capacity to make progress beyond the hackathon. We are looking for people who are collaborative-minded and passionate about applying technology for impact.


Do I qualify?

Whether you are a Coder, Designer, Entrepreneur or someone who’s just curious, #codeathonX is for you!

  • Aged 18-35
  • ASEAN citizen
  • Committed to continual learning and collaborating across cultures
  • Disciplined
  • Open-minded


Can I still take part if I do not fall within the above criteria?

Of course, though please bear in mind that we will likely not be able to consider you for any individual prizes.


What will I be solving for?

You can submit any software project alone, or in a team, addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 8 or 11. Solutions to emerging needs from COVID-19 that fall within these impact areas also quality.


Summary of Benefits:

If you make it through #codeathonX and graduate from our CodeNomad programme, you stand an opportunity to enjoy access to the following:

Personal Growth Network Effects Professional Development
Kickstart your web development or entrepreneurship journey for free Gain cross-cultural exposure Enhance your employability by gaining actual project experience
Access special templates and materials Be part of a ground-up youth community Supercharge your personal branding through resume reviews and recommendation letters
Exclusive discounts on all Code for Asia programmes (online, overseas bootcamps, etc.) Get in touch with industry insiders Get recognised for your work via articles and videos with boosted exposure through social media
Continuously up-skill yourself Build your professional and global networks in various disciplines Enjoy priority access to partner internships and full-time opportunities


Detailed Timeline

Date Timing Item
6/5/2020 12noon​ Challenge statements published
6/27/2020 7pm-9pm Workshop: Design thinking by May Sripatanaskul and challenge briefing​
7/4/2020 3pm-5pm Workshop: Rapid prototyping and a.i./AR/VR technologies
7/10/2020 12noon​ Deadline for registration
7/11/2020 12noon Deadline for team formation
7/13/2020 11.59pm​ Deadline for submission
Shortlisting and review.​
7/15/2020 12noon​ Notification of top 24 selected​
7/18/2020 3pm-5pm Semi-finals to select top 12 from 24 shortlisted (Evaluators from Accenture, Ashoka, Unilever, etc.)​
7/25/2020 3pm-6pm Mentorship (Executives from ByteDance and Dropbox)​
8/1/2020 3pm— Workshop: Storytelling for impact
8/8/2020 3pm— Finals: Top 12 teams pitch​


Is this the right programme for me?

If you have never been to a hackathon or an overseas bootcamp, #codeathonX is a super easy way to get started. If you are a seasoned hackathon participant yearning to contribute and/or make progress on an ongoing basis, #codeathonX is the right place for you. If you are a young leader who wants to experience digital innovation and bring it to your own community, come create the future of this network together with us.


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