Challenge Call: Australia - South East Asia Climate Smart Innovation Hackathon


Through the Australia – South East Asia Climate Smart Innovation Hackathon 2022, you will receive technical training in using Earth observation (EO) technologies to develop products, tools and approaches that support governments, businesses and communities to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change for markets in South East Asia.



Monday 25th – Friday 29th July, 2022
Applications close Thursday 21st July, 2022

What this opportunity offers

This event is part of the new Earth Observation for Climate Smart Innovation in South East Asia initiative, led by Geoscience Australia (GA) and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. The hackathon event provides a unique opportunity for Australian geospatial practitioners and South East Asian counterparts to work together to explore opportunities related to the development of industry-driven geospatial products and services.

The hackathon will support participants to develop pathways to market for Climate Smart use cases using Earth observation and cloud computing technology. Participants will have access to networking, business and commercialisation mentoring, plus technical workshops to learn how to use CSIRO’s Earth Analytics, Science and Innovation (EASI) platform, which offers scalable, cloud-based access to EO data and analytics.

Download the top-line Program Summary here.
What comes next?

Australian individuals and organisations with ideas that can make a difference will get the chance to meet and network with South East Asian businesses, end users and organisations, to collaborate to make real change together. Following the hackathon, viable concepts will have access to a range of exclusive business and technical support measures, including the potential to showcase products and additional assistance to develop lasting partnerships across the region.

Businesses based in South East Asia will have the chance to explore ways to improve business efficiency, profitability and sustainability using innovative, geospatial technology with experienced Australian geospatial experts.

Upon completion, participants will be invited to submit an overview of their developed prototypes. Three winners will be selected to progress to the next round of the program from early August 2022, where they will receive additional technical and business support to advance concepts towards prototype, commercial-ready products over several months, including interactive co-design workshops with applicants and end-users.

Hackathon Challenge Areas
Developing Economy
Natural disaster damage, Involuntary migration, Climate Impacts on Agriculture, and Sustainability Development Goals
Liveability & Workability
Water availability, Natural disaster impacts & recovery, Increased pest & disease risk, Location of population centres
Regulation and Environmental Management
Deforestation, Carbon credit integrity, Fishing, Oil spill monitoring and clean up, Insurance claim verification
Physical Assets/ Infrastructure
Population growth, Natural disaster damage assessment and valuation, Insurance premiums and claims, Sea level rise and inundation, Impacts of energy mix change
Natural Capital
Natural resource inventories, Paris Climate Agreement obligations, Habitat preservation, SDGs, Tourism, Agricultural land use change, Sea surface temperature rise
Food Systems/Water Security
Water availability, Pest and disease increase, SDGs, Sea surface temperature, Agricultural land use change, Rural workforce shift
Note: The above is not a definitive list of potential themes and challenge areas, and alternative proposed themes and challenge ideas will be accepted if the proposal aligns with the objectives of the hackathon.
Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, hackathon attendees will need to be:

    • A current Australian individual looking to establish a business (or already established business)/organisation that uses Open Data Cube (ODC) technologies (e.g., Digital Earth Australia) and/or Earth observation product developers looking to work in the South East Asian market; or
    • A prospective collaboration partner from South East Asia* (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and/or Vietnam) with:
      • knowledge of local markets and conditions, and the ability to provide tailoring, extension services and value-added support; and/or
      • an interest in using EO to increase business efficiency and profitability and create impact in climate response; and/or
      • an interest in establishing a product or service using the Open Data Cube for a geographic region or market segment or an interest in increasing the uptake of your existing Open Data Cube capabilities as an established operator.
* Applicants based in countries outside those listed will require a special application which will be assessed by program organisers. Please submit your Expression of Interest using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Project Leads

Geoscience Australia: Ms Emma Luke (A/g Director, National Planning and International Relations) | CSIRO: Dr Amy Parker (A/g Director Centre for Earth Observation)

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Information Webinar and Q&A Session July 13 2022

Geoscience Australia and CSIRO, in partnership with FrontierSI, are offering a rare opportunity to collaborate with the South East Asian business community to investigate entrepreneurial ideas for climate innovation with the The Australia – South East Asia Climate Smart Innovation Hackathon 2022. If you would like to know more, watch our Information and Q&A session below, which took place on Wednesday 13 July 2022.

Get Involved

To REGISTER for the South East Asia Climate Smart Innovation Hack 2022, please submit your details here. Applications close Thursday 21st July, 2022.