Yangon, Myanmar: The award ceremony for the biggest Hackathon event in Myanmar where young programmers and business entrepreneurs were involved in developing mobile based applications, was held on 9 December at Ooredoo’s Myanmar Office, Myanmar Centre, Yangon. Out of 38 teams selected after a vigorous selection process, three top teams were declared as winners for their innovative and creative applications. The winning teams were Divas, Blind Head and Team Deca.

The ‘Hackathon 2018’ was organized by Ooredoo Myanmar and UNDP and facilitated by IMPACT HUB Yangon. It was held simultaneously in Yangon and Mandalay on 8-9 December. Experienced facilitators and mentors supported the participants to improve their business aptitudes and fine-tune their interpersonal skills.

The panel of Judges included well-respected figures in the local ICT industry and representatives from development organizations in Myanmar such as Tim Aye Hardy (Co-Founder and Executive Director of myME: Myanmar Mobile Education Project), Yan Min Aung (Managing Director of 360ed), Yin Yin Phyu (Co-Founder of Greenway/Greenovator Mobile Application), Nilar (Co-Founder of For Her Myanmar, Women Empowerment online platform), Lach Baniya (Founder of Gandawin Magazine, Women Empowerment online Magazine), May Moe Wah (WWF Myanmar, OD & Partnership Director), Khin Zarli Aye (Technical Consultant at the Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar) and Pem Chuki Wangdi (Programme Specialist, UNDP).

The three winning teams created applications in three categories: i) Women’s Empowerment, ii) Agritech in the Value Chain. and iii) Agritech directly benefiting rural farmers. The event recognizes the potential of the youth in Myanmar and critical advancements that digital innovations can make in facilitating the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Myanmar.

The top six teams will participate in a six-day intensive entrepreneurship training programme organized by UNDP with technical assistance from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) based in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop, using UNCTAD’s flagship Empretec training methodology is designed to strengthen competencies for becoming successful entrepreneurs and includes business simulation activities.

The three winning teams received a cash prize of MMK 7 million per team to help with business startup costs and office space for one year and commercial/ technical support from Ooredoo Myanmar and in-kind support amounting to USD 5,000 per team from UNDP.

Mr. Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar said, “I am very excited for this event because we saw clearly at “The Hackathon 2018” in which Myanmar youth have captured advanced technology and business ideas to help Myanmar digital transformation. We, Ooredoo is like a gardener and we are helping Myanmar youth to show their talent and at the same time, we are supporting digital transformation of Myanmar and implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We do thank our partners, facilitators, moderators, judges and all participants of The Hackathon 2018.”

“Innovations in digital technology are becoming increasingly essential for promoting sustainable development. It is very exciting to see young people leading the drive for Myanmar’s digital revolution. UNDP Myanmar is very happy to be contributing to this digital revolution as a key part of our partnership with Ooredoo Myanmar, and other key stakeholders, in supporting the achievement of the SDGs in Myanmar ” said Mr. Peter Batchelor, UNDP Resident Representative a.i.

Ko Phyo Thura Htay from Team Deca who became the winning team of Agritech directly benefiting rural farmers category said, “The farmers who do the farming for chickens, pigs and ducks are facing production problem. Therefore, we created a management system which can help better production which includes calculation method for from food to turn to better production and educational training for preventing seasonal diseases. The short term benefits for the farmers are to increase production and to gain better profit. Long term benefit is loal farmers can reach to the level as international farming companies.”

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