Hackathon to be held in Yangon, Mandalay on 8-9 December

Ooredoo Myanmar and the United Nations Development Programme will host its first hackathon at the former’s offices in Yangon and Mandalay on 8-9 December, according to a statement from Ooredoo Myanmar.

The objective of the event called “The Hackathon 2018” is to provide a platform for Myanmar’s young people to showcase innovative ideas to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Myanmar through digital innovation, the statement said.

Hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively on soft ware projects. The participants include graphic designers, interface designers and project managers.

Both organizers have encouraged young people to register online via electronic application http://bit.ly/hackmm2018.

The deadline to register is November 25, 2018. There should be at least three team members in each group who understand business administration and information technology. The theme of this hackathon is “Empowering women and youth in agriculture and food systems,” the statement added.

A committee will shortlist successful teams to participate at the hackathon at Ooredoo offices in Yangon and Mandalay. Contestants from Mandalay will virtually pitch their ideas via live stream to the judging panel in Yangon.

The winning teams will participate in a six-day entrepreneurship training workshop facilitated by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and UNDP. The workshop is designed to strengthen competencies for becoming successful entrepreneurs, according to the statement.

Ooredoo Myanmar will also award special prizes to the winning teams. In addition, the winning teams will have access to the services (supporting mentoring and expert advice) and facilities provided by IMPACT HUB Yangon -a thriving co-working space for entrepreneurs, creators and innovators in Yangon to help the teams develop, incubate and pilot their ideas.

“It cares for communities and the people. We will continually try to support their hopes and aspirations,” the statement quoted Mr Vikram Sinha, Ooredoo Myanmar CEO as saying.

“We are excited to see young entrepreneurs who understand about the twin concepts of business and technology in this year’s hackathon. We believe innovative creativity and technological solutions will come out from Myanmar youths across the country,” Mr Sinha was quoted as saying.

On the partnership signing ceremony, UNDP Country Director Peter Batchelor said, “It is our first partnership with the private sector. We will be using Ooredoo’s technological expertise to help the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Myanmar.”

“In this partnership, we will focus on solutions for rural development, agriculture, women empowerment, financial inclusion and mobile money. We hope to address a number of development challenges while reaching those who are most poor, most vulnerable and in the most remote part of Myanmar,” the UNDP Country Director said in the statement.

Source: Myanmar Times

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