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AWS Hackathon Encourages Youths to use AI and ML


MaGIC Cyberjaya, was the location for the latest hackathon by Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS). The annual hackathon called AWS Hackdays 2018, will provide developers with opportunities to enhance their skillsets by building innovative AI and ML-based solutions. Using AWS, developers solutions will be used to contribute to social and economic efforts in the region, and inspire future developers to take up the challenge. AWS Hackdays is being held in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand starting from 27 June 2018.

Nick Walton, Managing Director for AWS ASEAN says that in the last ten years, they 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. He added that the AWS Hackdays underscores their 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. He gave an example where an insurance startup technology company called Sunday Insurance, used AWS to run machine learning software to provide customized and real time insurance for customers, and increase human productivity. He expressed his excitement in finding out how -participants will use AI and ML services to bring their ideas to life.

The hackathon will last a duration of 12-hours where participants will have access to AWS services including Amazon SageMaker to build, train, and deploy ML models, use Amazon Polly to build speech-enabled applications and Amazon Lex to build chatbots.

Participants will form teams of two to four people, and build solutions around the topics of Transportation, Media & Entertainment, e-Commerce, and FinTech. They Participants will need to solve real-world issues with practical ideas using AI and ML solutions with guidance from AWS Architects

The winning team of each country get to travel to Jakarta to compete in the grand finale of AWS Hackdays 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19–20 September 2018. Criteria for the judging include –

  • Innovation and feasibility
  • Potential impact of the application in solving problems
  • Its ability to integrate 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


Prizes offered for the winning teams are

  • 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)


And finally 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.