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SEMA hackathon in Dar next month

By Hudson Kazonta, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The University of Dar es Salaam and University of Twente from Netherlands will organize Sensors, Empowerment and Accountability (SEMA) hackathon at the Innovation Space on May 12-13th.

The venue will be at COSTECH and the goal is to amplify the voice of ordinary citizens and improve their capacity to directly influence public service delivery.

In this hackathon, participants will work on innovative solutions for connecting citizens to information systems in health and water, building on top of existing software from social media, crowd sourcing, human sensors, etc. For more details, see the SEMA Hackathon website.

According to the organisers, the hackathon is connected to the SEMA project, which stands for Sensors, Empowerment and Accountability.

In a Human Sensor Web, cell phones are integrated with online platforms to inform and empower communities on water services. Information is submitted via cellphones to central servers, where the data can be analysed and used to feed back to individuals.

The SEMA hackathon is open to anyone who has ideas on using software for connecting citizens to water and health information and would like to contribute to solutions that link software and data together.

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