A hackathon using real data sets taken from industry supply chains to develop solutions which address tools and applications to capture data on fishing vessels, conceptualize feasible data sharing options and develop creative ways to define data formats that support interoperability amongst seafood traceability systems.
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Is your seafood traceable?

Hackathon Location

Rangsit 1 at the Centara Grand Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)

Directions: After entering the lobby, take a left and continue past the ballroom until you reach a staircase. Take the staircase down a level. Rangsit 1 is on the left, just past the reception area.


Do you know what's in your fishstick? Was that salmon caught in Alaska and processed in China? Do you know the story of how your tuna was caught, canned and then made its way to your dinner table?

Global Dialogue members (fishers, processors, and retailers) are shifting the market towards traceability systems that enable tracking seafood from vessel to plate. They are developing industry standards in a pre-competitive environment that include solutions for small- and large-scale actors alike. The key element is linking traceability systems so they can seamlessly communicate with each other. Interoperable traceability will mean we know when, where, how and by whom the seafood we consume is caught, processed and shipped.

We need your expertise in designing technical solutions to capture data, creative ways to share that data, and strategies to convert data seamlessly. Ultimately, with your help we will make progress towards connecting the seafood industry to make sure we can answer these questions accurately in the future.

Hacking Seafood Traceabilty

The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) brings the seafood industry together to design the standards for interoperable seafood traceability. Only when the industry has aligned on how to trace seafood along the supply chain and works in unison with a common standard that allows systems to communicate with each other, will you be able to answer those questions.

On 10-12 February 2019, the GDST is hosting a Seafood Traceability Hackathon (Seafood Trackathon). Its mission is to promote seafood traceability and interoperability by sharing the standards and methods developed by the GDST with the seafood industry's technical community. Interoperability requires communication between and among seafood companies, retailers, brokers, processors and IT system providers that support them.

Networking Opportunity

This hackathon offers a unique experience to interact with and learn from the seafood industry, traceability and technical experts, and of course coders, developers, data scientists and conceptual thinkers. Through knowledge sharing, interdisciplinary teams will use real data sets taken from industry supply chains to develop solutions which address tools and applications to capture data on fishing vessels, conceptualize feasible data sharing options and develop creative ways to define data formats that support interoperability amongst seafood traceability systems.

Teams will have the opportunity to work on challenges in the following categories:

#1 Data Capture: create web and mobile examples of data capture applications based on GDST Critical Tracking Events and Key Data Elements - output to a seafood pedigree file in GDST prescribed format. 

#2 Data Sharing: develop innovative ways to share seafood pedigree files, including decentralized ledger technology. 

#3 File Conversion Tools: develop tools to convert from spreadsheets, text files and paper records into GDST seafood pedigree files. 

#4 Catch Area Zero Knowledge Proof: develop an innovative, feasible technological framework for establishing location legality without disclosing actual geo-coordinates to unauthorized entities. 

#5 Non-GS1 Identifiers: develop intuitive, easy to use solutions for interoperability between GS1 and non-GS1 keys.

To help you with the development of your solution, you can select one of the problem statement as a specific application of your solution. Each problem statement addresses at least one of the categories above.

View full rules


All participants must RSVP using this form to be eligible for participation and to be able to submit a pitch.

GDST reserves the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate on any dispute at any time. If you are entering as part of a company or on behalf of your employer, these rules are binding on you individually, and / or your employer. If you are acting within the scope of your employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, you warrant that such party has full knowledge of your actions and has consented thereto, including your potential receipt of a prize. You further warrant that your actions do not violate your employer’s or company’s policies and procedures.

Only works created between the start time and end time of the Seafood Trackathon are eligible for prizes.


You need to design and develop a solution that addresses at least one of the above listed categories of problems we're addressing during the Seafood Trackathon. 

Submissions. The Challenge Post submission form for the Seafood Trackathon will be open on 16:00 (ICT) February 11, 2019 and closed on 16:00 (ICT) February 12, 2019 and must be submitted by 15:59 (ICT) on February 12, 2019 for consideration in the prizes. Only one submission per team is permitted. To enter the Seafood Trackathon:

  • For a submission to be eligible, the submission must be filed electronically to the Seafood Trackathon 2019 Challenge Post site by 15:59 ICT February 12, 2019;
  • Submissions containing the new apps must be submitted electronically via Github;
  • It is highly recommended that all submissions include a 3-minute video demonstration of the app / or solution (online version only);
  • Submissions must be entirely the original work of the entrant(s) - whether it is an individual or team;
  • Submissions must not contain any advertisement or solicitation;
  • Submissions must not contain anything that is or may be construed as: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right;
  • Submissions must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense; and
  • Submissions must otherwise comply in all respects with these Rules and the Policies.

Organizers of the GDST's Seafood Trackathon and their representatives will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse at its sole and absolute discretion, any entries that have been altered, tampered with, misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, whether due to Internet or e-mail server failure or otherwise. Proof of transmission of a submission shall not constitute proof of receipt. It is each entrant’s responsibility to keep the GDST and their representatives informed of any changes to entrant’s contact or other information during the Seafood Trackathon.

How to enter

If you would like to participate in the Seafood Trackathon in Bangkok, please register by filling out the following form. With this form you can indicate if you would like to participate in-person in Bangkok or if you would like to register a team to participate virtually. All entrants (both physical and virtual) must be registered using the link above. Entrants can make multiple submissions. Each entrant/participant must have an RSVP with the Seafood Trackathon to make a submission.