Yangon, Myanmar: Ooredoo Myanmar and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will host its first hackathon on 8-9 December, 2018 at Ooredoo’s Yangon and Mandalay offices.

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

To participate in “The Hackathon 2018”, youth are encouraged 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”.

A committee will shortlist successful teams to participate at the hackathon at Ooredoo Head Office (Tower 1, Myanmar Centre, Bahan Township, Yangon) and Ooredoo’s Mandalay Office (No. 19/81, 35th Street, Between 54th and 55th Street, Mahar Aung Myay Township, Mandalay). Contestants from Mandalay will virtually pitch their ideas via live stream to the judging panel in Yangon.

The top 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 including, business simulation activities.

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 located in Yangon to help the teams develop, incubate, and pilot their ideas.

Mr. Vikram Sinha, Ooredoo Myanmar CEO said, “Ooredoo Myanmar cares for communities and the people. We will continually try to support their hopes and aspirations. 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. By empowering women and in the Agriculture sector we hope that there will be some very useful ideas that can be tapped to create a better environment for everyone.”

At the occasion of the partnership signing ceremony, UNDP Country Director Peter Batchelor said, ”Today we are launching a new partnership with Ooredoo Myanmar and UNDP, which 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”.

For more information contact:

Ooredoo Communication Team | +959 9733 33322 | mhan1@ooredoo.com.mm
UNDP Communication Team | +95 9 7916 39052 | yamon.phu.thit@undp.org  

About Ooredoo Myanmar

Ooredoo Myanmar is a leading provider of telecommunication services in Myanmar with a customer base of over 9 million as of May 2018. After having launched services in 2014, Ooredoo has a nationwide coverage of 3G and 2Gand has also set up the widest and strongest 4G network in Myanmar. Ooredoo was recently awarded as the fastest mobile network in Myanmar in Q2-Q3 2018 based on Speedtest Intelligence data from Ookla. It continues to expand its footprint of 4G covered townships which eventually stand at 285 townships as of September 2018.

Ooredoo Myanmar today has a range of life enriching services including mobile money, services to support farmers and agriculture, FTTH (Fiber to Home) and Supernet Wireless etc.  It also has a range of Business to Business products to help enterprise, government and SME customers grow their business to full potential. These include basic connectivity services such as Fixed and Mobile, along with the B2B solutions such as IPVPN. Ooredoo Myanmar is committed to enrich the lives of Myanmar people through its products, services and CSR initiatives such as “The more you speak, the more Ooredoo will donate”, Construction of Primary Healthcare Facilities Project with UNOPS and Clean Water project with Myanmar Red Cross Society across the country.

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About UNDP

UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries, providing global perspective and local insight, and technical assistance, policy advice and development support services. Our objective is to support countries to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In Myanmar, UNDP has been providing development assistance to the people of Myanmar since the 1950s. Today, UNDP in Myanmar is committed to the achievement of an ambitious agenda to support achievement of the 2030 Agenda and implementation of the SDGS by bring global best practices, international standards and working closely with partnerships, the UN system, Government and people of Myanmar to provide support to collectively deliver on the 2030 Agenda across Myanmar’s development, economic, and social and environmental priorities.

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