Civic Hackathon 2020, presented by Code for Pakistan and Telenor Velocity, taking place ONLINE Dec 4-13 2020, will bring together a mix of technologists, designers, urban planners, social scientists, NGOs and CSOs, and government, to approach and solve social and civic problems in a new way, using technology, data and digital tools.

You will have the opportunity to work on impactful solutions, network and learn from leading industry experts from local and international organisations, and win prizes (worth a total of PKR 600,000)!

This year, the Civic Hackathon 2020 will take place ONLINE!

  • You can participate from the comfort of your home or ANYWHERE you like!
  • You will also have MORE TIME to work on your projects.
  • The online Hackathon offers FLEXIBILITY, so you can work on your projects after work hours and/or classes.
  • The Hackathon is open to applicants from ALL OVER PAKISTAN, as well as to international applicants, and we welcome participants with diverse backgrounds and expertise, so apply now!

If you, 

  • have a great idea that can create a positive impact in your community and address pressing social challenges,
  • have skills in web or mobile development, design, mapping, data analysis, research, subject matter expertise in the civic space,

then apply to attend, for FREE, by filling in this form. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 27 NOVEMBER. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via email.

Over the course of a week, you will develop prototypes that tackle and address social and civic challenges in your communities related to the following six themes:

  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Fintech
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Public Safety and Security

ATTENDANCE IS FREE. All you need to do is bring your creativity, skills, and enthusiasm! We at, Code for Pakistan, will do the rest.



Hackathon Agenda

Problem statements

The list of problem statements can be seen by clicking on the link below. 


Judge: Raymond Muhula
Designation: Governance Program, World Bank

Judge: Jehan Ara
Designation: President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association & Founder of The Nest I/O

Judge: Syed Ahmad
Designation: CEO, DPL (Pvt) Ltd & Chair (IT Sub-Task-Force), Prime Minister’s Task-Force on IT & Telecom

Judge: Mohammad Ali Ibrahim
Designation: VP Corporate Communications at Mobilink Microfinance Bank

Judge: Areej Khan
Designation: VP Digital, Telenor



Speaker: Dr. Cedric Aimal Edwin
Designation: Chairman, Dpt. of Management Sciences, Cecos University Peshawar
Topic: Entrepreneurial Development: A Design Thinking Approach

Speaker: Tim Unwin
Designation: Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D
Topic: Making Money and Doing Good: Challenges in Hacking Education for the Most Marginalized

Speaker: Arsalan Dilawar
Designation: Github Campus Expert
Topic: Let’s Git-it

Speaker: Saad Hamid
Designation: Developer Relations team, Google
Topic: How to make a winning pitch



Mentor: Haroon Kanth
Designation: Head Global Consulting Centre at Teradata
Expertise: Technology

Mentor: Ayesha Razzaque
Designation: Education Consultant
Expertise: Education

Mentor: Dr. Stephen Lyon
Designation: Professor, Agha Khan Institute London
Expertise: Environment

Mentor: Sara Hayat
Designation: Lawyer and social activist, Climate Action Pakistan
Expertise: Environment

Mentor: Ehsan Gul
Designation: Head of Experimentation, UNDP
Expertise: Environment

Mentor: Noor Rehman
Designation: Gender Specialist, World Bank
Expertise: Public Safety & Security

Mentor: Maliha Javed
Designation: Director Content, Knowledge Platform pvt. Ltd
Expertise: Education

Mentor: Farah Nisar
Designation: Software Professional, PWiC Sweden
Expertise: Technology

Mentor: Muazma Zahid
Designation: Principal Engineering Manager, Microsoft Azure/PWiC
Expertise: Health

Mentor: Shmyla Khan
Designation: Director Research, Digital Rights Foundation
Expertise: Public Safety & Security

Mentor: Dr. Zafar-ul-Hye Gondal
Designation: Assistant Professor, Bahauddin Zakria University
Expertise: Food Security

Mentor: Naureen Hyat
Designation: Co-Founder,Tez Financial Services
Expertise: FinTech

Mentor: Huma Hamid
Designation: Program Manager CISCO, Co-Founder PWiC
Expertise: Education

Mentor: Dr. Bushra Anjum
Designation: Data Analytics Manager, Doximity
Expertise: Health

Mentor: Myra Zafar
Designation: Senior Product Designer,
Expertise: UI/UX

Mentor: Madiha Parvez
Designation: Head of Corporate Innovation, Telenor
Expertise: Education

Mentor: Dr. Munawar Kazmi
Designation: Country Manager for Pakistan, ACIAR
Expertise: Food Security

Mentor: Huma Imdad
Designation: Technical Advisor, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Expertise: Food Security

Mentor: Dr. Akhtar Nadhman
Designation: Head of BioTechnology, CECOS University
Expertise: Food Security

Mentor: Neelam Ejaz
Designation: Education Specialist, World Bank
Expertise: Education

Mentor: Syeda Hadika Jamshaid
Designation: Climate Change Specialist, Ministry of Climate Change
Expertise: Environment

Mentor: Umar Shahbaz Khan
Designation: B2B Lead Easypaisa, Telenor
Expertise: Fintech

Mentor: Nida Farid
Designation: Chief Engineer, NRF Engineering
Expertise: Environment

Mentor: Hannia Zia
Designation: Google
Expertise: Fintech

Mentor: Habib Saqib
Designation: Head of Digital Lending, Telenor
Expertise: Fintech

Mentor: Atique -ur-Rehman
Designation: Head Mobile Agriculture & Content Portfolio, Telenor
Expertise: Business Development

Mentor: Wahib ul Haq
Designation: Lead Partner Engineering, Huawei
Expertise: Technology

Mentor: Huda Baig
Designation: Lead PWiC, Karachi
Expertise: Education

Mentor: Roshaan Sheikh
Designation: Sr, Product Designer, Affiniti
Expertise: UI/UX

Mentor: Dr. Ayesha Khan
Designation: CEO, Akhtar Hameed Khan Resource Centre
Expertise: Health

Mentor: Akbar Gardezi
Designation: Asst. Professor, Dpt of Computer Science, COMSATS
Expertise: Technology

Mentor: Dr. Bashir Ahmed
Designation: National Climate Change Coordinator of Ministry of Food Security
Expertise: Food Security


  • Everyone with a passion for improving the community through technology solutions is encouraged to apply to this Civic Hackathon. We encourage diversity (gender, skillsets, backgrounds, both professionals and university students, etc.).
  • You do not need to have technical skills to participate. We encourage diverse backgrounds to apply, including open source developers, graphic designers, product managers, researchers, data analysts, civic innovators, subject matter experts in the fields of health, education, fintech, environmental sustainability, public safety and security, food security, etc.
  • Participation in the Hackathon is FREE, but admission to the hackathon is open only to those accepted from the pool of applicants. Please do NOT register here if you were not accepted.



When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to home page and click CREATE A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

  • Make sure your code is fully functional and deployed on the server shared by the organizers; it compiles and runs without any major issues.
  • Make sure to include good screenshots.
  • Write a clear, detailed description of your application.
  • Include the link to the public GitHub repo.
  • Include the link to the deployed product site.
  • We recommend not creating presentation slides, but instead focusing all your time on creating a functioning demo.
  • On the submission form, list all your team members by their DevPost usernames.

Hackathon Sponsors


PKR600,000 in prizes

1st Place

PKR 300,000

2nd Place

PKR 200,000

3rd Place

PKR 100,000

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Development
    Was the project developed entirely during this hackathon?
  • Relevance
    Is the solution relevant to the problem and targeted theme?
  • Innovation
    Does the solution employ innovative use of technology?
  • Effectiveness
    How many relevant people will be affected by this solution?
  • Sustainability
    Does the team have a plan for sustainability of the project?
  • Completeness
    How functional and complete is the developed prototype?
  • User Experience
    How is the user experience and feel good factor?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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