The exciting weekend is finally here! After an intense two days and a 24-hour hacking marathon to solve real traceability problems in the industry, we’ve finally arrived at the conclusion of the event. 

We hosted the Seafood Traceability Hackathon (Trackathon) together with GDST and USAID Oceans this weekend, 26-27 October 2019 in Seminyak, Bali. The Bali Trackathon was attended by more than 25 participants consisting of technology developers, data analysts, and big thinkers from around and outside Indonesia. All gathered to transform ideas into tangible solutions for challenges facing the industry. 

The participants were asked to solve at least one challenge from seven challenges covering four areas in traceability – key data element verification, interoperability using EPCIS, identifier technology, and blockchain integration. All seven challenges were put forward by different challenge owners who are industry practitioners and our partners – MDPI and WWF Indonesia – clarifying the issues in great detail so that the participants could come up with appropriate solutions. 

The participants then were teamed up, broken down into six teams and spent 24 hours developing new, creative tools using real datasets from the industry and Global Fishing Watch. By the end of the 24 hours, the teams presented their innovative solutions in front of our judging panels who are experts in seafood traceability, sustainability, and technology. The jury deliberated and made decisions based on five criteria: interoperability, impact, innovation, interface, and feasibility. Huge congratulations to: 

  1. Team Good Fish
    Good Fish developed a marketplace platform for traceable bycatch, connecting buyers to fishers directly using blockchain for data security and EPCIS for interoperability mechanism. 
  2. Team Fish Eye
    Fish Eye created an AI integrated tool to trace land use of shrimp farms, identifying whether or not farmed shrimp and fish are grown in ponds built on land converted from mangroves. Fish Eye also brought home a special AI prize from Microsoft Azure to develop their solutions.
  3. Team Fishtegrate
    Fishtegrate developed a tool to integrate multiple traceability data, allowing interoperability between different tools and data exchange which are huge challenges in the industry.

Photo: USAID Oceans/L. Bader

The winners were entitled to a total of 5,000 USD and 5,000 of VeChain credits. You can learn more about the winning submissions here. GDST and the challenge owners will take these ideas forward and explore more ways in developing them further. We are so thrilled by the amazing ideas arose from this event and hope to see them grow and create impact in the sector. 

Special thank you to our sponsors: DNV GL, Global Fishing Watch, KAIST, Metro, Microsoft, and Wipotec, for their generous support to this event.