CodeTheCurve Hackathon launched to support young innovators, designers

Staff writer

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with IBM and SAP to launch the CodeTheCurve Hackathon, which will support young innovators, data scientists and designers across the world to develop digital solutions to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organised in two phases the CodeTheCurve begins with a video competition for ideas, which will be followed by a Hackathon among 40 selected teams. The Hackathon will run until 30 April 2020.

One of the three main themes participating teams will work on include, among others, ensuring continued learning, data management and information, and the present and the future: societal and health issues.

The selected teams will be able to benefit from a series of webinars and activity kits offered by partner organisations, such as IBM, SAP, FOSSASIA, and iHackOnline. 

"Solving this unprecedented global crisis will require the collective expertise and imagination of all of us," Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, said.

“Empowering youth with tech skills, entrepreneurial zest, professional development, and mentorship is really the secret sauce for inspiring the world to transition from consumers of technology into creators, makers, and doers empowered by technology,” said Melissa Sassi,  Global Head for IBM Z Global Student Hub and IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator.

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