HackaDev 3.0: Hacking for Sustainable Development Solutions

Apr 1, 2017

UNDP’s Youth Social Innovation Camp, HackaDev, held with the aim of facilitating meaningful participation of youth to find innovative solutions for current development challenges, recently concluded at the Dialog Axiata Head Office with 5 teams being recognised for their creative solutions.

Currently in its 3rd edition, the ‘HackaDev’ initiative was structured around 3 core challenges - Water, Disaster Risk Reduction and Peacebuilding with Volunteerism as a cross-cutting element. To ensure the sustainability of the solutions developed. the winning teams will have the opportunity to work with relevant stakeholders to prototype and develop their ideas further.

Through a partnership with Sri Lanka’s largest telecommunication partner Dialog and with the support of the Ministry of Disaster Management and the UN Volunteers Sri Lanka, HackaDev was held to find innovative and next-gen solutions to identified development challenges.

After a total of 70 submissions, 15 teams, comprising of 75 young people, were shortlisted to develop their solutions over a period of 2 days.  Team Sparkle from Informatic Institute of Technology who proposed an innovative resource network for the Disaster Management Centre emerged overall champions of HackaDev 3.0 whilst team ‘Indigo’ and team ‘xChord’ under the Water pillar were placed 1st and 2nd runner up respectively.

Commenting on the initiative, UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director, Mr. Joern Soerensen, stated “It is inspiring to see so many young people, from different geographical location and backgrounds, coming together to develop innovative solutions to development challenges in the country. The collaboration with Dialog is key to providing a techno-social platform to facilitate these solutions.”

Commenting on this partnership, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dialog Axiata PLC Mr. Supun Weerasinghe noted, “It is indeed a great privilege to work with UNDP the experts in sustainability & development. Bringing UNDP’s expertise in sustainability with our technology platforms & the capabilities of our young talent, creates a winning combination to enrich & empower Sri Lankan lives & enterprises

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