Code for Pakistan

This year Civic Hackathon by Code for Pakistan and Telenor Velocity, like all the events in 2020 will be held in a virtual setting. The goal of this hackathon is to help the country’s young generation find impactful societal solutions for our socio-economic issues through technology.

Civic Hackathon 2020, will be a ten days virtual event hosted place from 4 December to 13 December. There will be a variety of experts joining together specializing in the fields of technology, design, urban planning, social science, NGOs, and the government sector. The themes of this year’s hackathon are based on the edtech, fintech, health, environment, food security, and public safety.

In the pre-covid time Code for Pakistan’s hackathons was hosted in Islamabad throughout a weekend where the participants assembled and worked to develop a prototype and showcase their project to the judges.

Hamid Akhtar, the President of Code for Pakistan said; “The Civic Hackathon is a perfect opportunity to show your creative and technical skills, compete against the best and make a positive contribution towards uplifting and improving our communities, and potentially making a huge positive impact in the lives of our fellow and extraordinary Pakistanis.”

“Civic Hackathon 2020 is a platform for our youth to unleash their creativity and come up with ideas that make a lasting impact on society. The covid-19 crisis has demonstrated that we need digital solutions now more than ever and this platform provides that opportunity. With no geographical limitation to participation, I would like to encourage everyone who fits the criteria to apply and participate,” said Khurrum Ashfaque, Chief Operating Officer at Telenor Pakistan.

Civic Hackathon 2020’s sponsors include; Quixel (Gold Sponsor) and Bentley Systems (Platinum Sponsor). In addition to these other partners include; The World Bank, UNDP, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Pakistan, The Nest i/o, Pakistani Women in Computing (PWiC), Code for All, NOWPDP, NIC Pakistan, NIC Karachi, NIC Peshawar, NIC Quetta, NIC Lahore, Change Mechanics, TIE Islamabad, Foster Learning, Google Developers Groups, Women Techmakers, OPEN MIC, Startup Grind, Devenings, Code Girls, Women in Tech PK, Facebook Dev Circle, Microsoft Student Partners, NUST students clubs, and FAST.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes and opportunities for networking and mentorship from the organizing and partnering experts.

Source: Mashable Pakistan


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