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ASEAN-Australia Codeathon

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2018 ASEAN-Australia Codeathon

The 2018 ASEAN-Australia Codeathon will be held in Sydney on 14-15 March 2018, hosted by AUSTRAC, in the run-up to the March 2018 ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

On the morning of Friday 16 March, the Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, will announce the Codeathon event winners.

This event builds on the strong regional partnerships between financial intelligence units (FIUs) and industry, bringing together technology and innovation specialists to tackle regional challenges in the fight against terrorism.

Following the themes and challenges of the first International FIU Codeathon at the Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) Summit in Malaysia in November 2017, this event will bring together CTF subject-matter experts, financial institutions, software developers, programmers, analysts, designers, engineers and other skilled individuals from FIUs, and FinTech and RegTech communities.

Participants will be given 32 hours to solve challenges that will be unveiled on the first day of the Codeathon, with up to six participants per team. The outcomes of the Codeathon, which will be presented in various forms including live applications or prototypes, will serve as precursors in constructing new and innovative digital solutions to counter terrorism.

Developers, designers, analysts, subject-matter experts and other skilled people will collaborate to construct innovative digital solutions, to ensure the region's continued effort to integrate and maximise the benefits of information technology (IT) in countering terrorism financing.

Participants will enjoy the challenge of engaging in the event to develop their skills, network with peers or collaborate to solve financial intelligence challenges.

Codeathons have been common practice in universities and the technology sectors for decades, and have more recently become popular in the public sector as a way to involve industry in public-private sector innovation.

This event is supported by Thomson Reuters Australia.

Judging panel

The judging panel includes:

  • Tony Sheehan, Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
  • Dr Maria Milosavljevic, Chief Information Security Officer, NSW Government
  • Dr Alex Johnston, Head of Technology, Thomson Reuters Australia
  • Alex Scandurra, CEO, Stone and Chalk
  • Paul Xuereb, Secretary, Blockchain Association of Australia
  • Leanne Fry, Chief Innovation Officer, AUSTRAC
  • Dr John Moss, National Manager – Intelligence, AUSTRAC


Confirmed mentors include:

  • Code Like a Girl co-founders Ally Watson and Vanessa Doake
  • Associate Professor Patrick Walsh, Charles Sturt University
  • Mentors from sponsors, Thomson Reuters Australia and Accenture
  • 20 AUSTRAC Intelligence and Compliance Analysts

Celebrity MC

The event MC will be television personality, radio announcer, author and ambassador for mathematics and science, Adam Spencer.

Codeathon theme

Participants will solve complex challenges focused on the theme of ‘leveraging innovation to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and cyber risks’. The most innovative solutions could be operationalised by FIUs and law enforcement agencies to overcome current challenges in following the money trail of criminal syndicates around the region.


There will be several prize categories, to be announced at the awards ceremony early on Friday 16 March 2018.

Media registration

Media representatives wishing to register for the Codeathon should visit the ASEAN-Australia Codeathon Eventbrite page.

Please note that all media representatives must register their attendance prior to this event in order to be able to attend.

Contact the AUSTRAC Media team on (02) 9950 0488 or email media@austrac.gov.au regarding enquiries and interview requests for the event.

Please contact the AUSTRAC media team for details of the location of the event.

Registration now closed

Registrations for the ASEAN-Australia Codeathon have closed.

You can follow the Codeathon's progress on Twitter via #aseancodeathon. Although the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit is closed, you can also follow it on Twitter, via #ASEANinAus.

Why is the Codeathon important for regional security?

The Australian Government is looking forward to welcoming leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Sydney at the first-ever ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in March 2018.

The Codeathon contributes to innovation in national security and is very closely tied to the Prime Minister’s counter-terrorism (CT) agenda for Australia and ASEAN. It draws on the alliances between public and private partnerships and leverages them to deliver CT outcomes.

While the rapid integration of the region has brought new opportunities, it also demands greater cooperation on increasingly complex challenges, including the scourge of terrorism. The scale and transnational links between terrorist groups mean that we must work together even more closely, sharing information and lessons learnt, and cooperating to keep our citizens safe.

Participants in the Codeathon will collaborate with international stakeholders to innovate, inspire and address challenges. The Codeathon is one tangible way that Australia and its ASEAN partners can share challenges and resolve joint issues in innovative ways.

At the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, senior officials will convene at a dedicated CT Conference to discuss how Australia and its ASEAN partners can work together more effectively to combat this shared and rapidly evolving threat.

Last modified: 15/03/2018 15:11