GS1 US Trace-a-thon Enlists “Hackers” to Uncover New Product Traceability Solutions

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Developer community to apply advanced technology to create supply chain visibility solutions that build consumer trust through transparency.

The GS1 US Trace-a-thon provides an opportunity for developers to leverage technologies like blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to build an innovative solution that brings visibility to the supply chain.

GS1 US® will host a hackathon on October 19-20, 2019 in San Francisco, CA focused on solving the challenges associated with tracking and tracing products in the supply chain. The GS1 US Trace-a-thon provides an opportunity for developers to leverage technologies like blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to build an innovative solution that brings visibility to the supply chain. A panel of judges will award a prize pool of $20,000 across multiple categories, with the winning idea receiving $10,000.

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

WHAT: At the Trace-a-thon, members of the developer community, with support from mentors from various industries who are versed in supply chain standards, will create solutions that address critical supply chain issues related to product visibility and traceability. As consumers expect a new level of transparency from brands and retailers, traceability is essential to building trust and enabling quick responses to recalls or issues throughout any point in the supply chain. The winning solution must document the stages a product moves through in the supply chain using GS1 Standards, and demonstrate interoperability of external data management systems, i.e. both a small supplier company with limited technology experience must be able to use it, as well as a large corporation with sophisticated systems.

WHEN: Saturday, October 19 (8:00am to 12:00 am) and Sunday October 20, 2019 (8:00 am to 6:00 pm)

WHERE: Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway St. San Francisco, CA

Additional Details: GS1 US® is a neutral, not-for-profit information standards organization that drives industry collaboration through the use of GS1 Standards – the most widely-used supply chain standards in the world. The U.P.C barcode, the most recognizable example of a GS1 Standard used to power commerce, is scanned more than 6 billion times per day globally. GS1 US brings together industries to advance product traceability through trading partner collaboration based on GS1 Standards.

For more information and to register, please visit https://gs1us-traceathon.bemyapp.com.

About GS1 US: GS1 US, a member of GS1®, is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. More than 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). For more information, visit http://www.gs1us.org.

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