The “HACK4YOUTH” Hackathon, July 21-23rd, was an inspiring collaborative event where participants shared information, ideas and skills to unlock the potential of technology with creativity and develop mobile app solutions that would change the way the youth understood reproductive health.
The Hackathon was organized by UNFPA’s Innovation Fund and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and took place in Sheraton Hotel, Kampala. The 3-day Hackathon brought together over 80 young people from all over the world, along with innovators, developers, and partners to combine talents, push boundaries and spark bright and innovative ideas along with the challenge to develop mobile solutions that promote young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The participants worked in groups of 7 and thought of innovative possibilities for new solutions that can be used to improve young people’s health. After three days, the participants presented their prototyped developed applications to a panel of judges that evaluated the solutions and selected the winner.
The innovative project, which judges and the public praised for its exceptional potential was the application “Tri Givia” presented by the Team “Put it On”’, which stands for 3G(Tri), Giving(Givia). It took the individualized experience and skill-set of each team member to create a winning solution and our employee Jordan Atanasovski was part of the winning team. The winning idea ‘TriGivia’ is an Incentive quiz/game with points to inform young people about SRH and to break through myths/misinformation, specifically targeting the EECA region. It gives a free internet incentive every time one completes the quiz.
We’re very proud of Jordan’s win here at Axeltra and glad to have such promising talent on the team.
His success motivates us to invest in our employees, encouraging them to take time off from their everyday job to develop innovative ideas and find new ways of thinking that will change people’s lives and improves our society.
Axeltra strongly supports the Hackathon events where great ideas that surprise and delight are born.
The “HACK4YOUTH” Hackathon was all about connecting creative minds, sharing knowledge and ideas, learning from each other’s, tackling challenges and delivering applications that would make genuine differences to the young people’s reproductive health community.
Axeltra has always believed that the culture of collaboration and freedom to think outside the box and experimenting keeps the innovation alive!