Hackathon for Social Good - Competition to create technology innovation for the society

Monday, 26/10/2015 16:32

(CPV) - The 48 hour programming competition Hackathon  for Social Good, organized by HATCH! PROGRAM took place on October 24th and 25th, 2015 at NEST 14, 14th floor, 195 Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

As information and technology becomes an indispensable part of daily life, non-governmental organizations and investors are seeking and supporting for innovation that can solve social challenges.

Therefore, the Hackathon for Social Good is known to be a platform to promote those technology initiatives. The competition gathered 100 developers, designers, social activists to create products that can contribute to society.

Lately, on September 26th, 2015, the information session - Social Good Summit took place with the participation of representatives from the problem statements providers: UNDP Vietnam, British Council, Live & Learn.

The topic that raise the challenges for candidates include: SDG 8 - Decent work & Growth; SDG16 - Peaceful, Inclusive & Just societies, Creative economy and Risk Prevention of Natural Disasters and Climate Change.

“The Hackathon for Social Good is innovative and opens new partnerships to expand voice and space for the Sustainable Development Goals implementation in Viet Nam, ” said Dr Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam. “I hope that we will explore to further build on this contest, especially  using digital devices and mobile apps for social innovations and social entrepreneurship to deliver the Global Goals”, she also added.

Candidates can register from September 26 to October 19, 2015, at fair.hatch.vn/hackathon. In particular, candidates are encouraged to register in groups of 03 to 05 people and prepare ideas, knowledge and prototypes to bring to the competition.

After 48 hours of programming, 05 outstanding teams will be selected and have 01 week to refine the product for exhibition and presentation at HATCH! FAIR 2015, which take place on October 31st and November 1st, 2015.

In the final round, the teams presented their products to not only the judges, but also to national and international investors, advisors, policy makers. In addition to the awards from USD1,000 to USD5,000 for first prize, USD 500 to USD2,500 for 02 runners-up, 03 best teams got the chance to get incubation and supportation for 03 months at NEST 14 - HATCH! PROGRAM’s coworking space.

The contest was the platform for programmers, designers and people who work in the society development and innovation combine together to create products achieving social objectives and be able to commercialize.

Hackathon for Social Good was co-organized by HATCH! PROGRAM, UNDP Vietnam, SEATTI, Hivos, British Council and Live & Learn./.