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Amazon Web Services Launches AWS Hackdays to Drive Innovation among Builders in Southeast Asia


Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an company, is helping to empower a community of ASEAN builders with skills in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) services on AWS, with the launch of its annual education and hackathon event, AWS Hackdays 2018. AWS Hackdays provide developers with opportunities to enhance their skillsets by building innovative AI and ML-based solutions. By harnessing AWS technologies, the solutions created can potentially contribute to positive social and economic results in the region, and inspire the next generation of developers. AWS Hackdays will be held in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand starting from 27 June 2018.

“For almost ten years, we have enabled the success of developers and the startup community across the region, by providing access to AWS Cloud Services to build innovative new products, services, and highly successful businesses such as Grab, iflix, Halodoc, Supahands,, and Amanotes. The AWS Hackdays underscore our commitment to give developers at startups through to large enterprises the tools and technology they need to create forward-thinking solutions that will enhance our quality of life, build real life problem solving solutions. For instance, Sunday Insurance, an insurance technology startup, uses AWS to run machine learning software to provide customized and real time insurance for customers, and increase human productivity. This year, we’re excited to see how participants will use AI and ML services to bring their ideas to life,” said Nick Walton, Managing Director for ASEAN, AWS.

During the 12-hour hackathon, participants will have access to AWS services including Amazon SageMaker to build, train, and deploy ML models; Amazon Polly to build speech-enabled applications; and Amazon Lex to build chatbots.

As part of this year’s competition, participants are invited to form teams of two to four people, and build solutions around the topics of Transportation, Media & Entertainment, e-Commerce, and FinTech. Participants will tackle real-world problems faced by industry players by creating practical yet innovative AI and ML solutions. AWS Solution Architects will be present to guide participants as they  build successful projects.

One winning team from each country will compete in the grand finale of AWS Hackdays 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19–20 September 2018. The pre-selection judging criteria includes innovativeness and feasibility of the idea, potential impact of the application in solving problems, and how well the proposed application integrates with AWS services.

AWS Hackdays will take place locally at the following cities. The application deadlines and event dates are also listed below:


City and Country Application Deadline AWS Hackdays Dates
Singapore 20 June 2018 27 June 2018
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 23 June 2018 30 June 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 26 June 2018 3 July 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia 30 June 2018 7 July 2018
Manila, Philippines 7 July 2018 14 July 2018
Bangkok, Thailand 10 July 2018 17 July 2018


At the end of the local AWS Hackdays, each winning team from respective cities will walk away with the following prizes:

  • First Prize: An all-expense paid trip to represent Malaysia at the AWS Hackdays Grand Finale in Jakarta and JBL Clip 2 (Portable Bluetooth Speaker)
  • First & Second Runner-Up: JBL Clip 2 (Portable Bluetooth Speaker)

The winning team of the AWS Hackdays Grand Finale in Jakarta will win a paid trip (including airfare, accommodation and re:Invent tickets) to AWS re:Invent 2018 in Las Vegas.