Lagos hackathon promotes UN development goals

computersLAGOS, (CAJ News) – APPLICATIONS are open for individuals and firms interested in a global hackathon around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), set for Lagos in March.
The event set for West African country’s commercial city will focus on SDG 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure.
The Lagos hackathon is hosted by Passion Incubator, Ford Foundation, Microsoft, Printivo and Starta; and will be held at the Ford Foundation in Ikoyi.
For 48 hours over March 10 to 12, nine hackathons will be held simultaneously around the world, with each location hacking around one of three selected SDGs.
UK-based charity Influx Trust is hosting the global hackathon.
“For the first time in our history, we are at a point where we have the tools, ideas and technology to solve the world’s problems and have a real impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” said the trust.
“It has become commonplace thinking that government cannot and should not be expected to solve all our problems and it is up to us to work together to build the future we need and help the UN achieve its goals.”
The winning teams from each regional event will be given resources and support by the UN to hone, test and scale their ideas into sustainable businesses.
They will also have a chance to demo their solutions at the UN headquarters in New York in June.
CAJ News

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