December 10, 2018 - Yangon, Myanmar: The award ceremony for the biggest Hackathon event in Myanmar where young programmers and business entrepreneurs were involved in developing mobile based applications, was held on 9 December at Ooredoo’s Myanmar Office, Myanmar Centre, Yangon. Out of 37 teams selected after a vigorous selection process, three top teams were declared as winners for their innovative and creative applications. The winning teams were Divas, Blind Hat and Team Deca.
The ‘Hackathon 2018’ was organized by Ooredoo Myanmar and UNDP and facilitated by IMPACT HUB Yangon. It was held simultaneously in Yangon and Mandalay on 8-9 December. Experienced facilitators and mentors supported the participants to improve their business aptitudes and fine-tune their interpersonal skills.
The panel of Judges included well-respected figures in the local ICT industry and representatives from development organizations in Myanmar such as Tim Aye Hardy (Co-Founder and Executive Director of myME: Myanmar Mobile Education Project), Yan Min Aung (Managing Director of 360ed), Yin Yin Phyu (Co-Founder of Greenway/Greenovator Mobile Application), Nilar (Co-Founder of For Her Myanmar, Women Empowerment online platform), Lach Baniya (Founder of Gandawin Magazine, Women Empowerment online Magazine), May Moe Wah (WWF Myanmar, OD & Partnership Director), Khin Zarli Aye (Technical Consultant at the Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar) and Pem Chuki Wangdi (Programme Specialist, UNDP).
The three winning teams created applications in three categories: i) Women’s Empowerment, ii) Agritech in the Value Chain. and iii) Agritech directly benefiting rural farmers. The event recognizes the potential of the youth in Myanmar and critical advancements that digital innovations can make in facilitating the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Myanmar.
The top six teams will participate in a six-day intensive entrepreneurship training programme organized by UNDP with technical assistance from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) based in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop, using UNCTAD’s flagship Empretec training methodology is designed to strengthen competencies for becoming successful entrepreneurs and includes business simulation activities.
The three winning teams received a cash prize of MMK 7 million per team to help with business startup costs and office space for one year and commercial/ technical support from Ooredoo Myanmar and in-kind support amounting to USD 5,000 per team from UNDP.
Mr. Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar said, “I am very excited at the sight of youth of Myanmar coming out in huge numbers to participate in ‘The Hackathon 2018’. The energy, talent and digital mindset displayed by these participants is exemplary. We feel proud to provide a platform like this to the youth to come forward to showcase their creativity and talent and facilitate the conversion of the creative ideas to transformational digital initiatives in the field of women empowerment and Agritech. These digital initiatives will go a long way in the on-ground support to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
“Innovations in digital technology are becoming increasingly essential for promoting sustainable development. It is very exciting to see young people leading the drive for Myanmar’s digital revolution. UNDP Myanmar is very happy to be contributing to this digital revolution as a key part of our partnership with Ooredoo Myanmar, and other key stakeholders, in supporting the achievement of the SDGs in Myanmar ” said Mr. Peter Batchelor, UNDP Resident Representative a.i.
Ko Phyo Thura Htay from Team Deca who became the winning team of Agritech directly benefiting rural farmers category said, “The farmers who do the farming for chickens, pigs and ducks are facing production problem. Therefore, we created a management system which can help better production which includes calculation method for from food to turn to better production and educational training for preventing seasonal diseases. The short term benefits for the farmers are to increase production and to gain better profit. Long term benefit is local farmers can reach to the level as international farming companies.”
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About Ooredoo Myanmar
Ooredoo Myanmar is a leading provider of telecommunication services in Myanmar with a customer base of over 9 million as of May 2018. After having launched services in 2014, Ooredoo has a nationwide coverage of 3G and 2Gand has also set up the widest and strongest 4G network in Myanmar. Ooredoo was recently awarded as the fastest mobile network in Myanmar in Q2-Q3 2018 based on Speedtest Intelligence data from Ookla. It continues to expand its footprint of 4G covered townships which eventually stand at 300 townships as of November 2018.
Ooredoo Myanmar today has a range of life enriching services including mobile money, services to support farmers and agriculture, FTTH (Fiber to Home) and Supernet Wireless etc. It also has a range of Business to Business products to help enterprise, government and SME customers grow their business to full potential. These include basic connectivity services such as Fixed and Mobile, along with the B2B solutions such as IPVPN. Ooredoo Myanmar is committed to enrich the lives of Myanmar people through its products, services and CSR initiatives such as “The more you speak, the more Ooredoo will donate”, Construction of Primary Healthcare Facilities Project with UNOPS and Clean Water project with Myanmar Red Cross Society across the country.
UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries, providing global perspective and local insight, and technical assistance, policy advice and development support services. Our objective is to support countries to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In Myanmar, UNDP has been providing development assistance to the people of Myanmar for more than 50 years. Today, UNDP in Myanmar is committed to the achievement of an ambitious agenda to support the achievement of the SDGs by bringing global best practices, international standards and working closely with the UN system, the private sector, Government and the people of Myanmar to provide support to collectively deliver on the 2030 Agenda across Myanmar’s development, economic, and social and environmental priorities.