Impact Hub Yangon (IHY) organized the Hackathon 2018, covering two cities simultaneously, one of the biggest digital competitions in the History of Myanmar co-hosted by UNDP and Ooredoo Myanmar.
Hackathon 2018 was held on 8th and 9th December 2018 at the Ooredoo Head Office in Yangon and also in Mandalay. Contestants from Mandalay virtually pitched their ideas via live stream to the judging panel in Yangon.
The Hackathon 2018 was a two-day long coding competition where 76 participants in Yangon and 20 participants in Mandalay came together to design and build a solution for a challenge. The objective of “The Hackathon 2018” was to provide a platform for Myanmar’s youth to showcase innovative ideas to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Myanmar through digital innovation. The theme of this hackathon was “Empowering women and youth in agriculture and food systems”.
IHY held fun information sessions at both Mandalay and Yangon – mainly at universities and international colleges. IHY also organized experts to give training sessions during the Hackathon. This helped participants to focus their ideas, work on a business model, prepare for the pitch, and other interesting topics. These presentations were well received and were very timely as teams grappled with the various challenges to create their solutions.
The teams were judged by a panel of three experts. Winners were declared at a special ceremony. The winners are Dica (Yangon) under the topic Agriculture(rural farmers), Divas (Yangon) under the topic (Women Empowerment) and Blind Hat under the topic of Agriculture (supply chain) from Mandalay.
Deca (Yangon) created the application “DecaFarming” which includes feed conversion ratio(FCR), quality management, disease information, vets contacts, waste management and market projections to help the rural farmers.
Divas (Yangon) created the application “To Lon May” to help in giving public awareness of the sexual assault and helping victims and families with the consulting services under the topic (Women Empowerment).
Blind Hat created the application “GROWTH” provided the rice cultivation methods, daily weather report and condition in each region, farming machinery and equipment rental market, knowledge about fertilizer and pesticides, and discussion and problem-solving between farmers to help farmers in benefits value and supply chain.
Ooredoo Myanmar will award 7,000,000 MMK to the winning teams to start their own business. UNDP also provided the six-day entrepreneurship training workshop. In addition, the winning teams will get the one-year office space service provided by Ooredoo Myanmar and IMPACT HUB Yangon -a thriving co-working space for entrepreneurs, creators and innovators located in Yangon to help the teams develop, incubate, and pilot their ideas.
Ooredoo and UNDP expressed great delight at the efforts by IHY to make the event very memorable and successful for all.
We (IHY) are proud of being a partner with them.