Tongan software engineer wins prize in Pacific ICT Hackathon Competition

Finau Kaufusi received 3rd area in the Pacific’s initial-at any time Hackathon Competiton to locate an ICT primarily based option to ‘Amplify Pacific Voices’, held very last thirty day period in Fiji.

The Tongan-Sydney based mostly application engineer formulated the ‘Pacific Civic Modern society Hub’, which the judges explained had good operation, user interface with a submission aspect that stood out, when scrolling throughout different pages.

He explained, a panel of five judges shortlisted the major 3 finalists ranking winners from initial to third spot. Every single was awarded prize funds with first acquiring USD 5K, USD 3K for next and USD 2K for 3rd put, in the competitors held by the Pacific Islands Chapter of the World wide web Modern society (PICISOC), in affiliation with the Pacific Island Association of NGOs (PIANGO) and partners.

Mrs ‘IIolahia, Government Director of PIANGO, stated they looked forward for options that complemented and improved the way they are currently operating.

“I am happy with the consequence of the judging, specially with even further insights provided by the other judges that enabled us to come to a ultimate determination,” she said.


The Hackathon competition held on 12-13 April attracted 120 application developers from 24 member Pacific countries. Some joined pretty much from throughout the area such as Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands and further than. Other individuals attended the occasion in person at the College of South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus.

Most of the contributors have been in groups with an common of four members just about every with around 18 project submissions.

The winning venture ‘Talanoa” was created by a Samoan a staff of 4 developers, Hilton So’o, Charlie Don Reed, Billy Chan Ting and Ainsof So’o. 

In next, was a different group of Samoan developers with their undertaking ‘Toloa’. They ended up Alesena Lealofi Eteuati Jr, Andre Westerland, and Chia Chen Lin. 

The level of competition was held by PICISOC, in association with PIANGO, the European Union Funded UNDP Public Finance Management Task with supporting associates CERT NZ, Samoa Data Know-how Association (SITA), Tonga Gals in ICT (TWICT) and Oceania Cyber Protection Centre (OCSC).

PICISOC enlisted Pacific-based mostly mentors, judges and in-country coordinators. 

Finau who is an ex-student of Tupou College or university Toloa and Tupou Tertiary Institute, is a licensed engineer in PHP programming and Licensed developer in Drupal.

He is at present working as a software package engineer for Soccer Australia in Sydney.

In addition to that, he founded Utupoto Technologies, a Tongan registered software organization that supplies a range of software package enhancement providers this kind of as Cell App to World-wide-web software and Desktop Application.

Through his occupation, he has been occupied functioning as a total stack software package developer to a number of providers in Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.