We just wrapped up the Good Code Hackathon, which ended on 31 August and challenged hackers and web developers to find creative ways to help FSC conduct virtual audits of certified Chain of Custody operations. This was particularly useful during the global pandemic, where independent auditors are unable to conduct in-person audits, but it also helps to streamline the audit process to help FSC better maintain integrity in the system.  

With almost 600 participants from all over the world, choosing the winners was not easy! The winning teams demonstrated out-of-the-box thinking to combine DocuSign’s E-signature platform with FSC data to build easy-to-use apps that worked alongside each other. Some of them used ArcGIS data provided by ESRI to include georeferenced data. It was truly a collaborative effort.  

Prizes were awarded for the following five categories: 

  • Pre-Assessment App, $10,000: To allow companies to self-assess whether they would qualify for FSC certification. 

  • Virtual Audit Qualification App $10,000: Using FSC-defined criteria and  Esri geocoding data to help a certification body to verify whether they can move forward with a virtual audit. 

  • Virtual Audit App, $10,000: Using technology to enable virtual site visits, interviews, and document verification, as well as issuing the official certificate. 

  • DocuSign for the Greater Good, First place $7,000 and Second Place $3,500 Creating an app for a nonprofit of your choice that helps them take their processes digital and remote using DocuSign APIs

  • Bonus Prize: Best Use of Esri, $2500: For the best integration of Esri’s ArcGIS  geospatial data APIs, judged and presented by our friends at Esri. 

Click here to find out who won

Thank you to all the participants who took the time to develop these apps. These apps will help us advance our mission to promote responsible forest management worldwide. The next step is to ensure compatibility with our systems and begin to use parts of these apps!  

And from all of us at FSC, we would also like to say thanks to our friends at DocuSign who helped organize this hackathon. We are so grateful for the support you have shown us, and more importantly, for your commitment to protecting the world’s forests.  

Here’s to many more collaborations in the future!