What is International FIU Codeathon?

The first Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) Summit in Sydney saw the gathering of Chief Information Officers from the region where a forum was held on the first day of the Summit to bring together technology and innovation specialists from participating organisations to discuss the changing nature of the environment and the need for closer collaboration.

Arising from this, a working group, International Community of Experts (ICE) Forum, was formed in April 2016 as one of the outcomes from the Summit. The working group aims to facilitate the advancements in financial, technological and Financial Technology (FinTech) sectors. These ideas are used to implement solutions that improve the information sharing and systems of the participating Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs). Currently, members of the ICE Forum consist of FIUs from six countries: Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand.

This year, the Malaysian and Australian FIUs, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) will be hosting the first International FIU Codeathon 2017 (the Codeathon). This inaugural event is organised in conjunction with the 3rd CTF Summit which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as part of the continuous effort to integrate and maximize the benefits of information technology (IT) in countering terrorism financing

The Codeathon brings together CTF subject-matter experts, software developers, programmers, analysts, designers, engineers and other skilled individuals from the FIUs, FinTech and Regulatory Technology (RegTech) communities, and financial institutions. This is to engage and construct innovative digital solutions to curb the emergence of terrorism financing. The participants are given 32 hours to solve challenges that will be unveiled on the first day of the Codeathon. The outcomes of the Codeathon, which may be presented in various forms including live applications or prototypes, will serve as precursors in constructing new and innovative digital solutions to counter terrorism financing.

Who can participate?


Financial intelligence communities from Malaysia, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and others


FinTech and RegTech communities, start-up companies

Financial Institutions

Banks and Financial firms

Private Individuals

Software developers, programmers, analysts, designers, engineers hobbyists or students

Why should you participate?

An opportunity to learn about new tools, skills, techniques and ideas to address terrorism financing and other tricky financial sector challenges.

A chance to showcase your skills and be part of the international community of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIUs), FinTechs/RegTechs, financial institutions and other partners.

A shot at designing and prototyping novel solutions to address emerging challenges and opportunities in the global financial system.

What are the challenges?

CHALLENGE 1(Key = ctfkl@1) CHALLENGE 2(Key = ctfkl@2) CHALLENGE 3(Key = ctfkl@3)

How do you take part?

The expression of interest for participation to the Codeathon is now CLOSED.

Subject to internal review, successful applicants will be notified and registration pack will be sent out by the organiser. Completed registration form must be returned to the organiser latest by the date specified in the confirmation pack.

Important dates

20 Oct 2017

Expression of interest will be closed

From 24 Oct 2017

Successful applicants will be notified by email

Based on date specified in confirmation pack

Closing date to submit completed registration form for successful applicants

18 - 19 Nov 2017

Let's code!

Winners of 1st International
FIU Codeathon 2017, Kuala Lumpur

Click HERE for official PRESS RELEASES

Champion - RM 15,800 ($5,000 AUD) : Overwatch - Blockchain Address Validation

1st runner-up - RM 9,500 ($3,000 AUD) : SocialHash

2nd runner-up - RM3,200 ($1,000 AUD) : LinkAI - The Network Miner

Best Performed Team - RM 1,600 ($500 AUD) and trophy : Dodge Index

“Spirit of CTF Codeathon” Winner - RM 950 ($300 AUD) and trophy : Elliot Ian Shepherd

“Spirit of CTF Codeathon” Runner-Up - trophy : Yudhitia Mustika Sari





Saturday, 18 Nov 2017

8.00 a.m.


8.45 a.m.

Opening remarks

9.00 a.m.

Unveiling of challenges

9.15 a.m.

Codeathon begins

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017

5.00 p.m.

Competition ends. All teams must submit their project pages, videos and codes by 5:00 p.m. This will be followed by the panel judging session and a group viewing of everyone's projects

6.30 p.m.

Prize presentation

7.30 p.m.