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ASEAN-Australia Codeathon

ASEAN-Australia Codeathon

What is the ASEAN-Australia Codeathon?

The ASEAN-Australia Codeathon will be held in Sydney on 14-15 March 2018, hosted by AUSTRAC, in the run-up to the March 2018 ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

This event builds on the strong regional partnerships between financial intelligence units (FIUs) and industry, bringing together technology and innovation specialists to tackle regional challenges in the fight against terrorism. The Awards ceremony will be held early on Friday 16 March 2018.

Following the themes and challenges of the first International FIU Codeathon at the Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) Summit in Malaysia in November 2017, this event will bring together CTF subject-matter experts, financial institutions, software developers, programmers, analysts, designers, engineers and other skilled individuals from FIUs, and FinTech and RegTech communities.

Participants will be given 32 hours to solve challenges that will be unveiled on the first day of the Codeathon, with up to six participants per team. The outcomes of the Codeathon, which will be presented in various forms including live applications or prototypes, will serve as precursors in constructing new and innovative digital solutions to counter terrorism.

Developers, designers, analysts, subject matter experts and other skilled people will collaborate to construct innovative digital solutions, to ensure the region's continued effort to integrate and maximise the benefits of information technology (IT) in countering terrorism financing.

Participants will enjoy the challenge of engaging in the event to develop their skills, network with peers or collaborate to solve financial intelligence challenges.

Codeathons have been common practice in universities and the technology sectors for decades, and have more recently become popular in the public sector as a way to involve industry in public-private sector innovation.


There will be several prize categories, which will be announced at the Awards ceremony to be held early on Friday 16 March 2018.

Registration now closed

Registration for the ASEAN-Australia Codeathon closed on Friday 2 February.

You can follow the Codeathon's progress on Twitter by using #aseancodeathon. Although the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit is closed, you can also follow it on Twitter by using #ASEANinAus.

Download the flyer (PDF, 2MB)

Why is the Codeathon important for regional security?

The Australian Government is looking forward to welcoming leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Sydney at the first-ever ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in March 2018.

The Codeathon contributes to innovation in national security and is very closely tied to the Prime Minister’s counter-terrorism (CT) agenda for Australia and ASEAN. It draws on the alliances between public and private partnerships and leverages them to deliver CT outcomes.

While the rapid integration of the region has brought new opportunities, it also demands greater cooperation on increasingly complex challenges, including the scourge of terrorism. The scale and transnational links between terrorist groups mean that we must work together even more closely, sharing information and lessons learnt, and cooperating to keep our citizens safe.

Participants in the Codeathon will collaborate with international stakeholders to innovate, inspire and address challenges. The Codeathon is one tangible way that Australia and its ASEAN partners can share challenges and resolve joint issues in innovative ways.

At the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, senior officials will convene at a dedicated CT Conference to discuss how Australia and its ASEAN partners can work together more effectively to combat this shared and rapidly evolving threat.

Last modified: 16/02/2018 16:41