Sustainability Hackathon 2020

SOLVING THE UNSOLVED: Challenging the Unknown with Imagination

Start on 20 November 2020 from 5:00 PM (Bangkok time)
Finish on 21 November 2020 until 6:00 PM (Bangkok time)

Where: Hybrid (Online) plus at the
Secretariat: AIT Entrepreneurship Center


The outbreak of the COVID-19 warns us about the consequences of irresponsible development and overexploitation of the natural resources. These unsolved problems need to be solved through knowledge, skills, innovation, and technologies. The Sustainability Hackathon 2020 is the 2nd Hackathon organized by the Department of Development and Sustainability, AIT. This year of the COVID-19 outbreak, we aim to achieve sustainability solutions to address the problems of Sustainability Living in the Face of Coronavirus from any aspect of development. The proposed solution (s) needs to relate to at least three SDGs.

Challenges to Hack

  • Knowing that we are facing the problems of climate change, overexploitation of natural resources, poverty, gender inequality, urbanization, and pandemic.
  • Knowing that SDGs could open up US$12 trillion of market opportunities and create 380 million new jobs, and actions on climate change would result in savings of about US$26 trillion by 2030.
  • Those who take up the challenge to change the world for the better, please propose a solution (s) that can solve any of the above problems using a combination of your skills, technologies, and the above impact market opportunities.



Each team must have 3-5 members. Students of the “Introduction to Development and Sustainability” must form a team of 3 classmates with (option) up to 2 more from outside. Students outside AIT are also welcome with 3-5 members per team.


Each team is encouraged to use available technologies and publicly available data as part of the solutions for measurable and transparent results. Coding skills are not required but preferred.


Pitch must relate to at least three goals of the SDGs and include impact investment and technology as part of the solutions. Pitch time is 3 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for Q & A

Criteria for Judging

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Sustainability Innovation
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Social Impacts
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Product Design
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Team Pitching


Hackathon Jury

Programme and Activities

November 20-21, 2020

20 November



Ms. Lareesha Sai Beeraka and Dr. Manjunatha Venkatappa

16:00 - 17:00

Safety Check, Registration, T-Shirt Collection

17:00 - 17:20

Sustainability Tech Talks

Ms. Yaowalak Thammanitichock

Mr. Krittithee Sitayoung

Ms. Analiza Diaz (Zoom) 

Commentator: Manju

17:20 - 17:25

Welcome Remark

Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal, SERD Dean

17:25 - 17:35

Your Ideas, Your Way to AIT-EC

Prof. Dieter Trau, SET Dean and Director of AIT-EC

17:35 - 17:45

Transferring Your Ideas through AIT Enterprises Alliance

Dr. Naveed Anwar, Vice President for Knowledge Transfer, AIT

17:45 - 18:00

Launching Remarks and Hacking Topics

by Dr. Eden Y. Woon, AIT President

18:00 - 18:30

Team Introduction

Dr. Manjunatha Venkatappa

18:30 - 18:50

Hacking Rules, Pitching, Prizes, Sponsors

Prof. Nophea Sasaki, Organizer

18:50 - 19:00


Dr. Manjunatha Venkatappa


Hacking begins

by Individual Teams and Mentors

21 November



Ms. Lareesha Sai Beeraka and Dr. Manjunatha Venkatappa

8:00 - 8:20

Logistics and Announcement

Dr. Manjunatha Venkatappa

8:20 - 8:40

Sustainability and Impact Investment

Ms. Ladaporn Khunikakorn, Regional Director, South Pole (Zoom)

8:40 - 12:00

Hacking resumes

by Individual teams and mentors (online teamworks)



Cultural Show

Traditional Costumes and Songs

Ms. Qinbin Yu (Chinese), NRM Student

Ms. Yadanar Myint (Burmese), NRM Student


Hacking resumes

by Individual Teams and Mentors


Pitch Deck Submission and Arrival of Juries

16:00 - 16:10

Tech Talk: Product and Pitching


Commentator: Ms. Ms. Lareesha Sai Beeraka

16:10 - 18:00

Pitching Competition

18:00 - 18:30

Judging Time

18:30 - 18:50

Winners Announcement and Prizes!

18:50 - 19:00

Closing Remarks

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe, Head of the Department and Course Instructor

Team Announcement

Winners and Prizes


Three Hackathon winners determined by Jury.

CSI Prize, HM Prince Prize, Bangkok Penguin Prize!


Two Hackathon winners determined by popular votes

Surya Prize, LEET Prize!

*Registered member can only one vote per team

CSI Prize

Team: The FIKS

HM Prince Prize

Team: Hire D

Bangkok Penguin Prize

Team: WE

Surya Prize

Team: RxT Synergy

LEET Prize

Team: WaitsFaster


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For details, please contact

Prof. Nophea Sasaki

Course and Event Coordinator

Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS)

Asian Institute of Technology

DDS Staff
Mr. Chaiwat Bootchai, (02-564-5607)
Ms. Agnes Pardilla, (02-524-5668)