Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Saturday presented awards to the five finalists at this year's social innovation hackathon, thanking them for sharing their ideas and solutions to societal problems in Taiwan.
Speaking at an awards ceremony for the Presidential Hackathon in Taipei, Tsai said the event represents a new chapter for open government in that it seeks to facilitate exchanges between members of the government, industry, and civil groups through the use of open-source data.
Changes are not only driven by the government, but also members of civil groups, she said, calling on everyone to work together to make Taiwan a better place to live.
Among the five award winners this year were Taiwan Water Corporation, which came up with a solution to identify underground water leaks using big data analysis and machine learning.
Another recipient was the Legal Aid Foundation, whose team members proposed a solution that leverages data analysis to identify legal aid gaps, facilitate cross-domain cooperation, and spark service innovation for disadvantaged people across Taiwan.
The three other winners were a team jointly formed by Taipei City and New Taipei City, the health department of Kaohsiung, and the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Kin Moy (???), director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), who also attended the awards ceremony at the Presidential Office, said he believes the hackathon is an ideal platform to combine ideas and solutions to social problems.
Registration and initial proposals for the Presidential Hackathon began in March, after which 20 teams were chosen to build on their ideas and present live demonstrations.
Two more reviews were undertaken on May 19 to narrow the field from 20 to 10. The final demonstration was presented to President Tsai on Saturday, after which five winners were announced at the awards ceremony that day.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel