GovTech Hackathon 2021 | Code for Pakistan

Whether you are creative thinkers, problem solvers, subject matter experts and/or coders, join us this October 8-10th at our GovTech Hackathon to think through and build innovative solutions to challenges that will transform Pakistan in the areas of Education, Health, Climate Change, Mobility, Travel & Tourism.

Hackathon Themes

GovTech Hackathon 2021 Schedule

Did I Mention We Have Prizes?

How It Works

This year, the GovTech Challenge will be held in Durshal -- a project of KPITB -- in Peshawar Pakistan. The Hackathon itself will be a HYBRID event, meaning you can participate virtually -- no matter where you are in the world -- or in person, provided you have proof of vaccination.

Our Hackathons bring together a mix of technologists, designers, urban planners, social scientists, NGOs and CSOs, and government officers 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 challenges or have skills in web/mobile development, design, mapping, data analysis, research, subject matter expertise in the civic space, then let us know you’ll be joining us. We’ll have all the mentors and experts lined up and ready to help you think through your solution.

Our Mentors

Domain experts in government, local and international organizations


Do I need to have a team?
We prefer you to form and participate as a team but you can also participate as a lone ranger.
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 developed 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.
How do I form a team?
We’ll figure that out together. We’re here to support you and we’ll make sure you’ve got the help and mentorship you need every step of the way.
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 #GovTech #GovTechInnovationChallenge #GovTechHackathon #civictech #civichacking while tweeting or sharing on social media.