Calling all digital innovators! Join us for two days of hacking to create solutions that address supply chain issues related to visibility and traceability.
More and more, consumers are demanding access to the full story of the products they purchase and are expecting a new level of transparency from brands and retailers. For brands, traceability is essential to building trust with consumers, and it also enables quick responses to recalls or issues at any point in the supply chain.
When and where were the ingredients or components of a product created? Did sensitive ingredients or components experience unsafe temperature fluctuations? What supply chain path did this product take? Is this product being recalled and how quickly can the brand react? Were regulatory and compliance requirements met? The answers to these and similar questions can only be determined with accurate, verified data that is traceable along the entire supply chain.
These demands have created new challenges for companies of all sizes from a wide variety of industries including retail, healthcare, transport and logistics, and food service.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
Thank you for being a part of the first ever GS1 US Trace-a-thon! As a participant we encourage you to join in on the conversation on social media. To make your participation as easy as possible we have provided this Toolkit for your use.