Civic Hackathon 2020 | Code for Pakistan

Civic Hackathon 2020


Civic Hackathon 2020, presented by Code for Pakistan and Telenor Velocity, VIRTUALLY taking place Dec 4-13 2020, will bring together a mix of technologists, designers, urban planners, social scientists, NGOs and CSOs, and government, to approach and solve social and civic problems in a new way, using technology, data, and digital tools. If you

  • have a great idea that can create a positive impact in your community and address pressing social challenges,
  • have skills in web or mobile development, design, mapping, data analysis, research, subject matter expertise in the civic space,
    then apply to attend, for FREE, by filling in this form. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email.

During this year’s VIRTUAL hackathon, you will work in teams to create solutions, learn open-source hacking for social good, receive mentoring and input from domain experts in government, local and international organizations, and have opportunities to network.


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The top ten teams will pitch to a panel of judges on Dec 13, for a chance to win prizes.

1st prize

PKR – 300,000

Ghirasti [Team Satisfire]

2nd prize

PKR – 200,000

Team BioBeing

3rd prize

PKR – 100,000



This year we have chosen the following themes for the hackathon



For further details about participating in the Hackathon, including rules, guidelines and judging criteria, please go to the Civic Hackathon 2020 Devpost page.

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Highlights from SDG Hackathon 2019


Raymond Muhula

Designation: Governance Program, World Bank

Jehan Ara

Designation: President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association & Founder of The Nest I/O

Syed Ahmad

Designation: CEO, DPL (Pvt) Ltd & Chair (IT Sub-Task-Force), Prime Minister’s Task-Force on IT & Telecom.

Mohammad Ali Ibrahim

Designation: VP Corporate Communications at Mobilink Microfinance Bank

Areej Khan

Designation: VP Digital, Telenor


Dr. Cedric Aimal Edwin

Designation: Chairman Dpt. of Management Sciences, Cecos University Peshawar
Topic: Entrepreneurial Development: A Design Thinking Approach

Tim Unwin

Designation: Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D
Topic: Making Money and Doing Good: Challenges in Hacking Education for the Most Marginalized

Arsalan Dilawar

Designation: Github Campus Expert
Topic: Let’s Gitit

Saad Hamid

Designation: Developer Relations team, Google
Topic: How to make a winning pitch


Domain experts in government, local and international organizations

Haroon Kanth

Designation: Head Global Consulting Centre at Teradata
Expertise: Technology

Ayesha Razzaque

Designation: Education Consultant
Expertise: Education

Sara Hayat

Designation: Lawyer And Social Activist, Climate Action Pakistan
Expertise: Environment

Ehsan Gul

Designation: Head of Experimentation, UNDP
Expertise: Environment

Dr. Stephen Lyon

Designation: Professor, Agha Khan Institute London
Expertise: Environment

Noor Rahman

Designation: Gender Specialist, World Bank
Expertise: Public Safety & Security

Maliha Javed

Designation: Director Content, Knowledge Platform pvt. Ltd
Expertise: Education

Farah Nisar

Designation: Software Professional, PWiC Sweden
Expertise: Technology

Muazma Zahid

Designation: Principal Engineering Manager, Microsoft Azure/PWiC
Expertise: Health

Shmyla Khan

Designation: Director Research, Digital Rights Foundation
Expertise: Public Safety & Security

Dr. Zafar-ul-Hye Gondal

Designation: Assistant Professor, Bahauddin Zakria University
Expertise: Food Security

Naureen Hyat

Designation: Co-Founder, Tez Financial Services
Expertise: FinTech

Huma Hamid

Designation: Program Manager CISCO, Co-Founder PWiC
Expertise: Education

Dr. Bushra Anjum

Designation: Data Analytics Manager, Doximity
Expertise: Health

Myra Zafar

Designation: Senior Product Designer,
Expertise: UI/UX

Madiha Parvez

Designation: Head of Corporate Innovation, Telenor
Expertise: Education

Dr. Munawar Kazmi

Designation: Country Manager for Pakistan, ACIAR
Expertise: Food Security

Huma Imdad

Designation: Technical Advisor, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Expertise: Food Security

Dr. Akhtar Nadhman

Designation: Head of BioTechnology, CECOS University
Expertise: Food Security

Neelam Ejaz

Designation: Education Specialist, World Bank
Expertise: Education

Syeda Hadika Jamshaid

Designation: Climate Change Specialist, Ministry of Climate Change
Expertise: Environment

Umar Shahbaz Khan

Designation: B2B Lead Easypaisa, Telenor
Expertise: Fintech

Nida Farid

Designation: Chief Engineer, NRF Engineering
Expertise: Environment

Hannia Zia

Designation: Google
Expertise: Fintech

Habib Saqib

Designation: Head of Digital Lending, Telenor
Expertise: Fintech

Atique -ur-Rehman

Designation: Head Mobile Agriculture & Content Portfolio, Telenor
Expertise: Business Development

Wahib ul Haq

Designation: Lead Partner Engineering, Huawei
Expertise: Technology

Huda Baig

Designation: Lead PWiC, Karachi
Expertise: Education

Roshaan Sheikh

Designation: Sr, Product Designer, Affiniti
Expertise: UI/UX

Dr. Ayesha Khan

Designation: CEO, Akhtar Hameed Khan Resource Centre
Expertise: Health

Akbar Gardezi

Designation: Asst. Professor, Dpt of Computer Science, COMSATS
Expertise: Technology

Dr. Bashir Ahmed

Designation: National Climate Change Coordinator of Ministry of Food Security
Expertise: Food Security




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Who can participate in the hackathon?

Anyone around the world can participate. Prizes however, can only be awarded to Pakistani residents.

Do I need to pay to participate in the hackathon?

No, you do not have to pay. Participation is FREE. 

Are there any specific qualifications for participation?

No. However, since the hackathon is focused on solving civic problems in Pakistan, it would be beneficial to have knowledge of local customs and traditions.

Why do you need my telephone number?

During the hackathon, we will communicate with the participants through multiple channels; SMS is one of them, along with email and social media. Your information is safe with us and will not be sold to a third-party.

How do I submit what I have made for the hackathon?

Develop your solution on your own systems. Push the code to GitHub and submit it on DevPost along with instructions on how to compile / run the source code. 

Do we need to have the entire solution fully working?

No. We acknowledge that the duration of a hackathon may not be enough time to completely develop a solution. However, the submission should be functional so that it can be reviewed by the judges. Your competitive advantage over other participants is a complete solution. 

Does one have to be online and available for the entire duration of the hackathon?

No. Since this is a virtual hackathon, you do not need to be physically or even virtually present at all times. You have a week to conceive and develop your solution from the comfort of your homes / offices. Your submissions should reach us by the prescribed deadlines. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Is there any restriction on using a specific technology stack, or language?

No. There are no restrictions on using any language, technology stack, or libraries. Please note that your submissions will need to be hosted (for web applications) or staged on App/Play stores (for mobile apps). Desktop applications will need to be compiled and made available via a single executable file. 

Do I need to give a demo for the solution that I have built?

Yes. You will be asked to demonstrate your solution either virtually or physically. Your solution should be accessible over the internet, or installable on mobile devices as required. Alternatively, you can submit a presentation or video that demonstrates your solution, but note that it MAY be graded lower. In case you are shortlisted for the final jury, you will be invited to present your solution at a physical event, details of which will be shared with sufficient advance notice.

Is it acceptable to show only a prototype of the solution?

Yes. You can only present a prototype of your solution, but note that marks will be deducted for not implementing the proposed solution.

Who will own the rights to the solution?

You. Either individually or as a group, you own the intellectual property rights to the solution. However, all code needs to be open sourced with an appropriate license so that it can be evaluated by the jury.

What kind of support will the participants receive during the hackathon?

Throughout the hackathon, you and/or your team will have access to carefully selected Subject Matter Experts and Technical Mentors for guidance. You will be required to choose mentoring slots for virtual one-on-one sessions with each mentor, lasting no more than 15 minutes each. The organizers will also be available for guidance via Slack, WhatsApp, or Social Media

Should we be using a specific hashtag for the event?

Let the world know what you are working on! Please use tags #isbhacks #cfphacks #civictech #civichacking while tweeting or sharing on social media.