Youth in the Digital Transformation of Myanmar


Yangon, Myanmar – Ooredoo Myanmar and UNDP Myanmar will co-host the second edition of its collaboration - The Hackathon from 18-20 October in Yangon and Mandalay, in partnership with Impact Hub. The Hackathon 2019 recognizes the tremendous potential of Myanmar’s young population for developing practical solutions to everyday development challenges through digital innovation and entrepreneurship. This year, Myanmar’s youth, start-ups, and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to compete and develop digital solutions under three themes: i) Rural Development; ii) Education; and iii) Climate Change.

The Hackathon 2019 is open to anyone who is interested in computer programming, design, communications, social welfare and loves to learn and build impactful solutions. Depending on the level of experience, participants will apply for either Junior Level or Advanced Level categories. 3 winning teams from each Level will be awarded with cash prizes and an invitation to an incubation programme supported by Ooredoo and UNDP.

We are keen to support Myanmar’s digital transformation and at the same time, we support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). After the great success of last year’s Hackathon, we are excited to organize this year's Hackathon together with UNDP. We hope for innovative and impactful ideas, inspired by those of last year's winners” said Mr. Rajeev Sethi, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar.

“The Hackathon is an innovative and exciting element of the UNDP-Ooredoo partnership in Myanmar. It aims to bring together the best and brightest minds in Myanmar and give them a platform to collaborate, explore and develop solutions for a better Myanmar. I am very happy that we are continuing this initiative in 2019 and look forward to engaging with the participants and seeing the ideas they will propose,” added Mr. Peter Batchelor, Resident Representative, UNDP.

The Hackathon is a special initiative of Ooredoo Myanmar and UNDP to promote and scale up digital innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the youth in Myanmar. It aims to provide a platform for Myanmar’s youth to showcase innovative ideas to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Myanmar through digital innovation.

For more information on The Hackathon 2019, please visit: www.thehackathon2019.com. Applications close on October 4, 2019.

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 was awarded a licence to operate in Myanmar in June 2013. Ooredoo becomes a leading provider of telecommunication services in Myanmar with an objective of “Enriching people’s digital lives”. Ooredoo Myanmar today has a range of life enriching services for consumers to enterprise, government and SME customers. These services provide a platform for human growth and empowerment and are designed to help people achieve their full potential and businesses run more efficiently. Ooredoo Myanmar is committed to enrich the lives of Myanmar people through its products, services and CSR initiatives.

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About UNDP

UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries, providing global perspective, local insight, 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 the 2030 Agenda and implementation of the SDGs by bringing in global best practices and international standards. With partnerships and tested approaches established by the UN system, we are building capacity of the Government and people of Myanmar by providing support to collectively deliver on the 2030 Agenda across Myanmar’s development, economic, social and environmental priorities.

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