Theme: Japan hacking on the SDGs with iamtheCODE


In the first ever hackathon on the Sustainable Development Goals in Japan, Junction Tokyo’s main partner, along with iamtheCODE and Sahara Sparks, gives the hackers a unique chance to hack in the field of sustainability. This track will mainly focus on the following issues:

  • Climate action
    Climate change presents the biggest threat to our planet, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts burden the poorest and the most vulnerable. Urgent actions to combat climate change and minimize its disruptions are needed. As a country within the highest GDPs in the world, Japan has an important role in the task.
  • Gender equality
    Gender equality and women’s empowerment have advanced in recent decades. Girls’ access to education has improved, the rate of child marriage declined and progress has been made in sexual and reproductive rights. Nevertheless, gender equality remains a persistent challenge for countries worldwide, including Japan, and the lack of equal treatment poses a challenge for a socially sustainable future. 
  • Reduce food waste
    Of all the food produced in the world for human consumption every year, roughly one third (approximately 1.3 billion tonnes) gets lost or wasted. Wasting food means wasting also the chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides, which went into the production, and the fuel used for its transportation. Rotting food also creates harmful greenhouse gases. Tokyo alone produces around 6,000 tons of food waste every single day. 


The main objective of the challenge is to create solutions for the three issues described above. The form can be apps, services, data analytics, visualization or even hardware prototypes. For example:

  • Gamification of education of climate change
  • Citizen science data visualization of pollution
  • Forecasting food consumption patterns
  • Solutions to local production
  • Tackling exploitation and trafficking of underage girls
  • Empowering local LGBT communities

This track will be facillitated by iamtheCODE and Sahara Sparks.
To kickstart the ideation, in this track the hackers will have the chance to learn a popular design thinking framework for creative computing (info).



The best project based on the following criteria will be selected as the track winner! 

  • Design and feasibility
  • Meeting market needs
  • Elements of global thinking & attitude towards the issues and solutions.

PRIZE: 200 000¥ prize money

Staff from, iamtheCODE & Sahara Sparks  will be present at the event. Join to make a difference! For more examples of related past projects check out this & this page.


日本初、持続可能な開発目標をハッカソンで扱います。今年のメインパートナー企業であるDMM.comとiamtheCODE、Sahara Sparksと供に持続可能性分野をハックするユニークな機会を提供致します。このトラックでは以下の項目に焦点を当てていきます・





このトラックはiamtheCODEトSahara Sparksによって運営されます。アイデアソンに取り掛かるにあたって、デザインフレイムワークを学ぶことができます(詳細)



  • デザインと実現可能性
  • 国際的な観点と問題に対する姿勢

賞:現金20万円、imtheCODE、Sahara Sparksの関係者の方々もイベントにご同席いただきます。

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About DMM Group
The DMM Group is a Tokyo-based conglomerate holdings company with its portfolio of online and offline businesses that offer consistent value-add to its rapidly grower user base. Operating segments include: online content distribution, e-books and product rentals, online gaming, online English learning, 3D printing, affordable smartphones, solar power generation, robots, and more.

About iamtheCODE
iamtheCODE is a movement of direct action for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is working with governments all over the world to ensure that by 2030, more girls and boys have access to free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education, leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. Click here for the bio of the founder and CEO, Mariemme Jamme and contact her here.

About Sahara Sparks
Sahara Sparks Event 2017 is an Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event, which promotes early stage companies by providing them with the opportunity to be exposed, pitch and exhibit their products and services, to find investors and potential partners.

About Global Goals
In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
For more information check out the video and website:

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