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Oracle, HackMakers launch two hackathons

Oracle confirmed that it has entered into an agreement with HackMakers to release two hackathons in April and June.

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021
Oracle, HackMakers launch two hackathons
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Oracle has announced that it is teaming up with HackMakers, experts in hosting hackathons, to undertake two virtual hackathons in April and June. The hackathons hope to reveal some of the prominent threats and solutions for smart cities and Sustainable Development Goals.

The first hackathon, dubbed the #WorldInnovatioDay Hack, is expected to take place between 16 and 19 April to coincide with World Innovation Day and will focus on sustainable development. The second hack, the #SmartCities Hack, seeks to overcome the issues of urbanisation, globalisation and climate change, and is to be held from the 4 to 8 June. Winners of the hackathons will be decided by their codebase, video presentations and any non-compulsory additional documentation.

Chairperson for HackMakers, Steve Nouri, noted that the events not only support innovation, but actively help to improve livelihoods.


Oracle notes that the events are open to students and professionals from anywhere in the world.

Those undertaking the hackathon will be given access to Oracle’s cloud tools, such as the Autonomous Database and Oracle Analytics Cloud.

“Our core focus is on innovating for impact. Our role is to bring together the global ecosystem comprising business, government, startups, and individuals, to collaborate to bring about meaningful change. In this sense, we see these hackathons, not just as an opportunity to connect and undertake rapid development, but to achieve so much more. We’ve worked with Oracle a number of times now and there’s been some great results that have come out. We’re looking forward to seeing the outcomes as participants use their skills creatively to generate solutions for health and wellbeing, economic growth, decent work and quality education,” Nouri said.

Guillermo Ruiz, head of developer rations at Oracle, demonstrated that the hackathon pulls together people from across the world.

“Previous challenges we have participated in with HackMakers around AI and also security have had tremendous participation from a multitude of countries – from India, the Middle East, Pakistan, Australia and across the breadth of Asia and Europe. They have also produced some really inspiring results. Given the nature of these challenges and how relatable they are, we are really looking forward to seeing what comes out and how our open, integrated cloud-based developer services are leveraged to help harness data and build and modern, intelligent applications.,” Ruiz concluded.

Chung Heng Han, SVP systems and alliances, channels and ISVs, Oracle JAPAC, noted that the event will support the growth of innovation online.

“We have a vibrant partner community across the region, many of whom are actively working with our customer base to help them accelerate digital innovation and meet their business and customer needs and helping the solve a wide range of challenges these hackathons address. For those of our partners that want the opportunity to get hands on with Oracle Cloud and put their skills into practice. I can’t wait to share the winning solutions, which I am sure will showcase the truly transformative nature of our cloud services,” Han concluded.

[Related: Oracle selected to provide sovereign cloud services]

Liam Garman

Liam Garman

Liam Garman is the editor of leading Australian security and defence publications Cyber Daily and Defence Connect. 

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra, with a thesis on postmodernism and disinformation operations. 

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