Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a tech or data specialist?

Not necessary. We welcome people with different skill sets and would expect everyone to contribute to their respective teams. We may ask you to indicate what kind of participant you are at registration, so we know the mix. 

What is the focus of the hackathon?

The Grow Asia Hackathon is focused around giving smallholders in Indonesia’s oil palm sector better access to information, credit, and services, to help them boost profitability, productivity, and sustainability.

What exactly will happen during the Hackathon?

The Grow Asia Hackathon is intended to be a fun work event, where people volunteer their time and skills to work on their ideas in teams.

The Hackathon will begin on Friday night (20 April) where we will quickly recap the challenges, datasets, and tools available. You will have a chance to pitch your idea and get like-minded participants to join your team.
On Saturday (21 April), a range of expert mentors will be at hand to help you develop your idea and prototype. Most of this first Saturday consists of work time for the teams, so please bring your laptop and any other equipment or materials that you need to work on your idea / prototype. Food and drink are provided throughout.
You’re free to work on your solution between Saturday and Monday morning. On Monday (23 April), you’ll pitch your solution to a panel of judges, including representatives from key palm oil ecosystem stakeholders. 

Is there any age limit for participants?

There is no age limit. We welcome anyone of any age, so long as they have something to contribute. However, if you are below 18 years old, please let us know ahead of time, so we can prepare a parental / guardian consent form for you.

Are the participants free to use any technology or database?

Yes, you are free to use any technology. WiFi is provided, and please bring your own laptop. You are free to use any external datasets that complement or mash-up with the datasets released for this hackathon. You shall be responsible for the appropriate use of these external datasets, subject to the originators’ terms and conditions.

What is the closing date for the Hackathon?

We accept registrations up to the start of the Hackathon on Friday, 20 April. However, as space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. 

Do the participants need to be present throughout the Designathon days? Must participants stay overnight?

There is no restriction on your movement. Just make sure that all the team members work out your respective roles and responsibilities. The workspace will stay open until 7pm on Saturday, 21st April. You are not required to work overnight.

How do I get to LEVEL3?

Closest MRT
CC27 Labrador Park MRT
(Take Exit A and walk to Mapletree Business City)

Closest Bus Stop
After PSA Bldg (15041)
(Walk to Mapletree Business City through Alexandra Retail Centre)

Taxi / Car
Set drop off address at Mapletree Business City
(20 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 117439)

Free parking after 7.30PM and on weekends.