Hack for Big Choices - AFRICA
Starts: Friday, 20 February, 2015 06:00pm
Ends: Sunday, 22 February, 2015 06:00pm
JOIN ~ Hack for Big Choices and Hub Accra!!
Hack for Big Choices and Hub Accra are teaming up to bring the biggest hackathon series ever to West Africa! High impact and problem-solution driven - our hosts are putting together an awe inspiring progression of workshops, speaker and dialogue series, and meet-ups - all culminating in the biggest Hackathon to ever be held in West Africa. #HackforBigChoicesAfrica. Now is your chance to reserve your spot and give yourself the opportunity to do something BIG for Africa.
We are bringing along with us the support of influential and world renowned organizations, including:
Facebook is the #1 social media company in the world, connecting over 1 Billion people online.
Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access.
WordPress is one of the top blogging sites in the world for aspiring bloggers and writers.
Other sponsors include the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Government, MEST, UNICEF, and many more.
And you are invited!
This is an opportunity to spend a weekend where you can get free knowledge, free food and drinks, and the chance to meet amazing people, including the Facebook team! Tickets are free, but limited, so sign-up now!
We enourage the participation of every individual, at every skill level, to push the world in the right direction!!
The participants of our program will focus on finding solutions that can be executed locally and continue to be developed after the hackathon. Each key issue manifests itself differently in each region so we match up entrepreneurs in each region with their needed resources (mentors, coaches, training, education) - building a local infrastructure that can support innovation and entrepreneurial activities. This way we help people match their entrepreneurial intentions with opportunities!
“It’s not the supply of entrepreneurs that constitute the key bottleneck to economic dynamism, but rather the activities toward which entrepreneurial individuals channel their efforts” Levie and Autio (2011).”
Who is a hacker?
A hacker is an innovator. Hacking is a mindset. A hacker is a person who challenges the system to make it better. Our hackathon is open to everyone: computer programmers, doctors, politicians, designers, scientists, educators and all other professionals. What matter is not your profession but your ideas and desire to create a positive impact on the world.
What's a hackathon?
A hackathon is a competition where different challenges are solved using any method. We expect to see technology used to create innovative solutions that can be executed locally and continued to be developed after the hackathon. The challenges should be approached thinking that technology itself will not change the world, but the people using it. Technology is just a tool and you have the power to make it powerful.
Who can participate?
Our hackathon is open to everyone: computer programmers, doctors, politicians, designers, scientists, educators and all other professionals. The event is an active forum for people to come together and make a huge impact on the world.
What's the hackathon's focus?
We identify real global problems and let participants work on solutions that can be executed locally and continued to be developed after the hackathon. While most Hackathons cater only to tech professionals, we believe a multidisciplinary approach is needed to truly inspire and sustain change. We use a 3-pronged approach: issue challenges, call for local talent, provide speeches from world’s thought leaders and free access online to knowledge. The series hackathons address education, technology, and healthcare. Challenges includes food safety, specialized education, sanitization, STDs, international accreditation We expect to create change, build community empowerment, creative solutions, and international friendships.
You can find the full list of focus areas here: http://hackforbigchoices.org/focusareas/