Call for Hackers: GS1 US Hackathon to Address Supply Chain Flexibility and Resiliency

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Participants to Create Solutions That Will Improve Supply Chain Adaptability and Compete for Cash Prizes

GS1 US will host Flexible and Resilient: Future-Proofing the Supply Chain, a virtual hackathon from August 31 to September 20, 2020. The hackathon provides an opportunity for developers to leverage technologies like blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to build an innovative solution that can solve highly relevant supply chain challenges recently exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel of judges will award a prize pool of $30,000 across multiple categories, and the winners will be announced October 2, 2020.

WHO: The hackathon is open to developers, designers, entrepreneurs or supply chain managers with interest in supply chain application development, data science, AI, machine learning, blockchain and various coding languages such as JSON, XML and JavaScript.

WHAT: With COVID-19 as the backdrop, the GS1 US Hackathon will challenge developers to create solutions for manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, distributors, governments and other supply chain participants leveraging GS1 Standards and emerging technologies to help “future-proof” the supply chain. Each entrant should address a challenge in one or more of four areas: food, consumer packaged goods (CPG), healthcare or create their own unique solution that addresses the theme of the event. Solutions could enable more compatibility between the retail grocery and foodservice supply chains, predict spikes in CPG product demand, locate and authenticate personal protective equipment (PPE) in the healthcare industry, or other examples of challenges recently experienced during the pandemic.

WHEN: The second annual hackathon will take place August 31, 2020 through September 20, 2020. Winners will be announced on October 2, 2020.

WHERE: This is a virtual event. For more information and to register, please visit

About GS1 US: GS1 US®, a member of GS1 global, is a not-for-profit information standards organization that facilitates industry collaboration to help improve supply chain visibility and efficiency through the use of GS1 Standards, the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world. Nearly 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading partner collaboration that optimizes their supply chains, drives cost performance and revenue growth, while also enabling regulatory compliance. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). For more information, please visit

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