A.I.CKATHON 2018: AI Hackathon Southeast Asia

IskandarSpace, Unit 02-02,, Iskandar Puteri
From Nov 16th 2018
To Nov 18th 2018
See the website


The A.I.CKATHON is a first-of-its-kind AI Hackathon in Malaysia, with the ambition to reap and share the power of AI technologies with the decentralized student community.

Get involved and you will be joining hackers, product developers, marketers, and business innovators in creating a new wave of AI product that could the way humans live our life

In 48 hours, participants will discover, discuss and solve the problems in the modern industry by using AI technology.

What's this Hackathon about?

A mysterious API that will be introduced on the event day; however participants are not limited to use the API that we will provide. From Friday evening, participants will discuss, and work on building a functional prototype to be presented to the judging panels on Sunday noon. 

** We will update this description for more information, please check this event page from time to time.


(All prize are in MYR)

1st Place: $10,000

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,000

Superlative: Three (3) $1000 cash prizes delivered to superlative winners.


Smart Retail and Smart City

Technologies and API

To be announced and introduced on the event day

Who can participate? 

This year, we welcome 300 students from Southeast Asia to join this hackathon. If you are studying in Southeast Asia and have huge passion in coding or looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, learning specific skill sets, don't hesitate to join us!


We have invited a line of mentors who are experts in their own industry to help you with your idea. If you're keen to be in our mentor team, please send the request to a.i.ckathon@gmail.com, thank you.

Judging Criteria

Utilization of AI Technology (5 points): How well suited is the concept for our theme? Is there a clear need for the solution? How well is the implementation of API?

Creativity (5 points): How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge? Is the idea defensible or unique?

Impact (5 points): Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact? Is the idea feasible / if pursued could it actually work in the real world? What impact can it have on the world as a whole?

Scalability (5 points): What is the growth potential of this application? 

Technical Difficulty (5 marks): Is the project technically impressive? Complex? Does it seem remarkable that someone could achieve this hack in just two days?

Schedule (TBC)

DAY 1  4.00 PM: Registration and Check-In  6.00 PM: Dinner (food provided)  7.00 PM: Opening Ceremony  8.00 PM: API Introduction and Demo  8.30 PM: Hacking Starts!10.00 PM: Sharing Talk 1 (TBA)11.00 PM: Midnight Free Flow Snacks to feed your tummy and brainDAY 2  7.00 AM: Breakfast10.00 AM: Sharing Talk 2 (TBA)12.00 PM: Lunch  3.00 PM: Sharing Talk 3 (TBA)  6.00 PM: Dinner  8.00 PM: Pitching WorkshopDAY 37.00 AM: Breakfast9.00 AM: Hacking Ends9.30 AM: Judging Round 112.30 PM: Lunch1.30 PM: Judging Round 2 (Final Perfect Pitch)3.00 PM: Closing and Announcing Winners!4.00 PM: Closing and Networking

** Please make sure you're able to stay at IskandarSpace for at least one hour beyond the end time (in case of unforeseeable delays)

** This is a slumber party where all participants and organizers will be spending whole night together in the event space, either sleeping at the quiet zone or working overnight to produce the best product. We provide some beanies; however, for your comfort, we encourage to bring your own sleeping bag.


Participant must be a real student with valid student ID. Include undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Teams of size 3 to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must agree to the participation agreement to compete.

You may not begin your project until the competition officially begins. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win. No code is written before the hacking starts!

Teams have full ownership of everything they build during the event and are free to do whatever with it as they wish whether they win or not.

Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before the competition ends.

By participating in this event, you grant us the right to display your project online and in any media, including in the marketing for our future events.

IMPORTANT Registration Instruction (READ THIS before you register)

We will send a confirmation email for your participation (not the auto-generated reply by Eventbrite). We might select participants for our event based on the questions in this registration. Remember, your participation is NOT YET CONFIRMED when you register in Eventbrite successfully. We will contact you via email shortly.

Please register in a team, if you are keen to join but don't have a team yet, contact us at a.i.ckathon@gmail.com

Leader of the team please register the ticket for your teammates. If the team is 3 people, please buy 3 tickets at once. In future communication, we will only contact the buyer (leader of the team) to confirm. Thank you.

Brought to you by UM Department of AI, Iskandar Investment and Coqnitics Sdn Bhd.

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