$20,000 Prize Pool!

Calling all digital innovators! Join us for two days of hacking to create solutions that address supply chain issues related to visibility and traceability.

The Challenge

For this hackathon, how can you use technology to create solutions that address critical supply chain issues related to visibility and traceability? How do we make the supply chain more visible, take advantage of the data generated, and ensure that data can be trusted and shared from start to finish? End to end supply chain visibility requires technology interoperability to ensure solution choice and to avoid vendor lock in, and GS1 Standards exists to facilitate interoperability. As such, solutions should focus on leveraging the GS1 System of Standards to solve challenges like:

Engagement of upstream supply chain partners (growers, fishermen, raw material manufacturers) with limited technical capability and connectivity

Creating a mechanism that finds and connects all the parties involved in a supply chain path, since not all parties may even be aware of one another

Temperature and other environmental condition monitoring

Product transformation traceability

Manufacturing regulatory and standard practice compliance attestations

Solution Development

Technologies such as (but not limited to) blockchain, AI, and ML may be leveraged to build an innovative solution that brings visibility to the supply chain and makes traceability easy and simple for the consumer or business. Your solution should document the various stages a product goes through in the supply chain, from the average commercial fishermen with limited technology experience to the large corporations with sophisticated ERP systems. The solution must demonstrate interoperability capability.

Mentor Support

You will be provided with resources and support from mentors from various industries to help you create solutions that can help solve the traceability issues in supply chains, as well as bring more visibility to the life of a product as it goes from creation, to production to consumption. 

Who Should Attend

The Trace-a-thon is open to all developers, designers or supply chain managers with skills or interests in supply chain application development, data science, AI, machine learning or blockchain. Developers versed in various coding languages such as JSON, XML and Javascript are encouraged to register. This hackathon is a great place to show off your skills!

$20,000 Prize Pool!

Judging and Prizes

Your projects will be judged on the following criteria:  Innovation, Use of Technology and Best Presentation.  Is the project new and disruptive?  How has the team effectively utilized the available technologies?  How easy is the application to use?  How advanced is the prototype presented?

1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize


Additional category prizes will be awarded as well. Please note that projects that win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place are NOT eligible to win the category prizes.  The categories are Most Innovative, Best Use of Technology, and Best Presentation.  

Most Innovative:  $1,000

Best Use of Technology:  $1,000

Best Presentation:  $1,000

Random Drawing for all Qualified Solutions:  $1,000

The Hackathon Agenda

Day 1

Saturday, October 19

8:00 am

9:00 am 

9:30 am 

11:00 am 

12:00 pm 

4:00 pm 

6:00 pm 

7:00 pm 

8:00 pm 

12:00 am 

Registration & Badge Pick-Up / Breakfast

Kickoff and Introductions

Ideation & Team Formation

Crash Tests




Presentation Overview / Demo Tips 

Team Registration Due

End of Day 1

Day 2

Sunday, October 20

8:00 am

9:00 am

10:00 am

11:00 am

12:00 pm

2:00 pm

4:00 pm

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

Breakfast / Technical Support Resumes

Hacking Continues

AV Checks & Pitch Practice

Project Submission Due


Final Presentations 

Judges Deliberate

Winners Announcement

End of Day 2


Broadway Studios | 435 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 

Community Partners

About GS1 US

Driving commerce and growth through the power of GS1 Standards

More than 300,000 members across 25 industries turn to GS1 US® for help with improving operations, addressing industry challenges, and positioning their businesses to respond to changing market conditions by leveraging GS1 Standards.

We don’t do that for our members. We do it with them. As a neutral and not-for-profit membership-based organization, we are guided and governed by our users. In this unique role, GS1 US actively brings together the business community under our leadership to identify issues impacting their business or industry and build consensus around best practices using standards-based solutions.

We also work with individual organizations to help implement company-level solutions that use global standards to make supply chain business processes better.

For more information please visit www.gs1us.org.

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