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Social good promoted via hackathon

Released at: 08:32, 28/09/2015

Social good promoted via hackathon

Competition for new technology products for the social good announced at Social Good Summit.

by Son Ho

The Social Good Summit in Vietnam was held on September 26 at HATCH! NEST, connecting social experts with technology developers, innovators, and other social activists.

The Summit’s global organizers are Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the UN Foundation, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). UNDP Vietnam partnered with the HATCH! PROGRAM in Vietnam to organize the summit, featuring a hackathon in the Social Good Information Session.

The conference presented the 17 sustainable development goals and provided specific problem statements in the hackathon where programmers are to develop products that can contribute to society. Programmers will have one month to prepare their products before joining the 48-hour coding competition on October 24 and 25.

“It is very important that young people like you, who want to do something good, who want to sharpen their skills in technology and business, who have solutions for the market, contribute to sustainable development,” Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, told the Summit.

According to Mr. Pham Quoc Dat, Director of the HATCH! PROGRAM, the participating teams, especially the top-ranked teams, will have the chance to attract investors at the HATCH! Fair on October 31 and November 1. The program for selected teams will be long-term and they can grow into a company.

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest, or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.

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