Sustainability Hackathon 2021

Finish the unfinished:
Tackling the common problems for good

26 – 27 November 2021 in the hybrid mode.

Sustainability Hackathon 2021

Finish the unfinished – Tackling the common problems for good

As urban population continues to increase and natural resources continue to deplete, there are great concerns over the future sustainability and co-existence of mankind. Decades long problems of urbanization, over-exploitation of natural resources and social disparities are exacerbated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 and political instability in the region. In recent years, the concept of circular economy has been popularized to realize the sustainable future. Circular economy is not only limited to the material cycle, but also a more holistic change involving changes in life style, values, behaviors and thinking. Yes, we have had some progress. But still there is a long way to go – we need to keep pushing our effort to further our goals for sustainability.  

The Department of Development and Sustainability will organize its third Sustainability Hackathon 2021 “Finish the unfinished on 26-27 November 2021 in the hybrid mode. The aim of the 2021 Hackathon is to develop solutions toward achieving the world’s sustainability using a combination of in-classroom knowledge, real-world experience, global trends, international conventions, global agreements, sustainable financing, digital technologies, indigenous knowledge, and collective strengths. Participants need to form a team of at least 3 members in order to take part in this Hackathon. The actual topics for hacking will be announced on the day of the event launching. However, participants can begin to think around these important key phrases- urbanization, depletion of natural resources, social injustice and inequality, circular economy, nature-based solutions, vulnerability and exclusion, and SDGs as part of the preparation. As part of the academic evaluation process, certain rules will be applied to AIT students taking the Introduction to Development and Sustainability course. Instruction will be given by the instructor of the course soon.

As a general guideline, each team is required to develop the solutions in the forms of sustainability business concept, web and mobile technology platforms, startup, and the like. To accommodate the worldwide participation, the launching event and hacking time are expected at 5:00 PM Bangkok time on 26 November 2021 and the pitching will start at 3:00 PM on 27 November 2021.

Please mark your calendar. A detailed program will be announced shortly

Some useful links

Financing an inclusive circular economy:

Nature-based Solutions:


Blockchain and the Environment:

Industry 4.0 and a Better Planet:

Challenges to Hack

=> Will be announced at 5:00 PM on 26 November 2021 <=



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. The outsiders 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

Main Organizers

Hackathon Jury

Programme and Activities

26 - 27 November 2021

— To be announced soon —

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

Winners and Prizes


Three Hackathon winners determined by Jury.

HM Prince Prize, Bangkok Penguin Prize, Tree Pride Prize


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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)