ASU/AWS EduHackathon 2017

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When: Oct 10, 2017 - Jan 12, 2018, (All day)

Multiple locations: Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi

Check event timeline for dates and locations. 

The ASU/AWS EduHackathon 2017 is co-organized by Arizona State University, BUILD-IT Alliance and Amazon Web Services.

This Hackathon will focus on solving real-world problems that are present in Vietnam at the moment, and also present in many countries around the world. These include but not limited to: traffic control and reduction, e-government services, healthcare, leveraging open data.

Problem Statements:


  • Special Needs Voice Assistant
  • Emergency service system for the elderly


  • Traffic flow optimization by using public data sets and enriching those with a mobile app that understand driving behavior and could feed those back into a traffic light grid
  • Leverage Mobile Apps, IoT and public data sets to inform the public interactively about ongoing environmental conditions in their vicinities 


  • Smart Campus capability that can collect information on certain activities on campus and make planning decisions for the university (e.g. Library, Lockers)


  • Chatbot that can liaise with and assist local government in dealing with citizen requests; issues, new license, forms to be completed

Who should join?

Students from any of our BUILD-IT academic partner institutions and ready to:

  • Transform idea into prototype
  • Compete with other students throughout Vietnam and get certificates from Amazon Web Services.
  • Enhance knowledge in cloud computing and improve professional skills.

What you need?

  • Ideas of solutions to real-world problems like traffic control and reduction, e-government services, healthcare, leveraging open data, ...
  • Team of 3-5 people from the same institution
  • Register a student AWS Educate account for each member to receive free credits from AWS to be used in the competition
  • Attend the AWS Technical Essential Training Day in Danang (4 October), Ho Chi Minh City (3 October), Hanoi (6 October).

Download our HackEdu User Guide
for full information about this Hackathon, including: how to register a student AWS Educate account, sample statement suggestions, detailed requirements in each phase, etc.

What we will provide?

To help you realizing your ideas, we will be providing the following hardware on a first come first serve basis.

Amazon Echo DotRasberry PiPCDuino

Amazon Echo Dots (10 sets)        Rasberry Pi (10 sets)     PCduino board/parts with IoT chip (10 sets)

In addition, shortlisted teams will be able to register to use our two Maker Space at Danang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Maker space at Danang                  Maker space Ho Chi Minh City

       Maker Space at Danang                                 Maker Space at Ho Chi Minh City                                      

Event page timeline
Amazon Technical Essential DayOct 3Face-2-face Technical Essential Day – HCMC
Oct 4Face-2-face Technical Essential Day – Danang
Oct 6Face-2-face Technical Essential Day – Hanoi
Registration for proposal submissionOct 9Send out invitation for student to register for proposal submission
Proposal submissionOct 9 – Oct 273 weeks for proposal submission. Close date for proposal submission Oct 27
Proposal reviewOct 30 – Nov 102 weeks for proposal review
Result notificationNov 10Review completion and result notification
Technical online coaching sessionNov 201st technical online coaching session
Technical online coaching sessionNov 272nd technical online coaching session
Technical Q&ADec 81st technical Q&A
Technical Q&ADec 152nd technical Q&A
PresentationJan 8Presentation day – HCMC
Jan 10Presentation day – Danang
Jan 12Presentation day – Hanoi

1Registration Phase (Oct 9 – Oct 27)

When registration opens, you will be able to submit all the details of your team and the identified problem and solution that you are trying to solve into the online registration form.

2Build Phase (Nov 10 - Jan 7)

During this phase your team will begin to create and innovate on your solutions. You will have eight weeks to build out your solutions using any technology you can leverage that drives the solution. We will be providing AWS Promotional Credits to allow you to build out your AWS solutions that include IoT, Machine Learning, Virtual Servers and other cloud-based infrastructure. You can see the whole range of AWS solutions here.

As you begin to build your project, please bear in mind that the product will have to be demoed during the presentation phase (phase 3).

We will organize technical enablement and technical Q&A sessions during the build phase, where AWS solutions experts will present on the technologies that will be relevant for the Hackathon, and answer questions related to the building of your products.

3Presentation Phase (Jan 8 - Jan 12)

The structure of your presentation and pitch should roughly follow this template:

  • 5-10 Min Presentation/Pitch:

    1. Problem identification
    2. Solution Proposed
    3. Technology Used
    4. Unique Value Proposition
    5. Business Model
    6. Growth Areas
  • 5-10 Min Product Demo:

This is where you demonstrate the product and its capabilities.

  • 1st Prize

       $2000 AWS Promotional Credits
       1 x Kindle (per team)
       1 x Echo Dot (per team)

  • 2nd Prize

       $1000 AWS Promotional Credits
       1x Echo Dot (per team)

  • 3rd Prize

       $1000 AWS Promotional Credits


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Registration Information

Registration period: Oct 10 – Oct 27.

In order to participate in this competition, please form a team of 3-5 students and register by clicking the link below. 


Questions about this EduHackathon, please email Ms. Minh Ngọc at