After a challenging 72 hours of hacking and building prototypes by over 74 young people (innovators& developers) from over 20 countries of the different World Regions who gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in a collaborative hackathon over 7 web and mobile apps that help young people access sexual and reproductive health rights thru leveraging ICT’s.
At the end of the 3 days hackathon an expert panel of judges selected the winning prototypes during the awarding ceremony at Lion Center in the Gardens at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday.
The jury comprised of Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Kenneth Paik Research Scientist at MIT and Director of Operations Sana, Mr. Bruce Campbell UNFPA Global Coordinator Data for Development platform, Dr. Dorothy Okello, WOUGNET Director and Ms. Maureen Agena, citizen journalist and blogger.
Out of the 7 teams , 3 winners were selected and are each going to be supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to see their apps availed to the masses and these were the winners at the 2015 Hack For Youth Hackathon.
Team Put it On (Overall winner & People’s Choice)
Developed Trigiva an incentive quiz game that awards users’ points while informing them about social reproductive health issues in order to break myths while unqualifying misinformation for example when you wash your genitals with Coca Cola you don’t get pregnant, it also teaches how to put on condoms& femidoms a good excuse to learn the socially awkward while earning freebies like free MBz(data).
Team Olympians for Tulumbe
Olympians for Tulumbe (O4T) developed SafePal a mobile app (Android & Windows) that allows young girls’ report sexual harassment issues anonymously and also allowing them share issues and concerns on beyond the pale subjects like sexual assault the team is also prepping a real-time “anti-rape” feature that uses GPS location to enable girls report rape assaults in real-time through shaking the phone conscientiously to alert emergency helpers. The team has also developed a dashboard showing a heat map of dangerous zones.
Team ASRHiCA Second Runners-up
This is a game to prevent child marriage targeting parents and adolescents 10-14. A time machine ages a selfie of the game palyer and you move through real life scenarios.
It’s a mobile game that revolves around the player taking a “selfie” while the app takes him through real life scenarios of a girl life whirls around a time machine with different scenarios on sexual reproductive issues like early marriages during game play like in CandyCrash the player is given incentives like freebies like coupons, free song downloads and free data.
Image Credit: UNFP