Hackathon gives exciting opportunity for youth to showcase technology use in Big Four Agenda 

Young people with ideas on how technology solutions based on mobile apps, databases and web portals can support the government’s Big Four Agenda have an opportunity to showcase their ideas at the upcoming “Hack-the-Big-4”mentorship forum, which kicks off this Saturday, 8 September 2018 at the HeriHub, National Museum of Kenya.

 

The hackathon is an innovation and mentorship platform that seeks to nurture ideas and technology solutions developed by youth and which centre on tangible economic and social impacts in the Big 4 Agenda.

Two hackathons will be on 8th and 15th September and after the youth take their ideas forward with their mentors, the solutions will be presented to an audience of ICT professionals in the public, development and private sectors, entrepreneurs, experts on the Big 4 Agenda and investors for review, feedback, validation and elevation to the next level.

The winning solutions will be awarded and supported to full development.

In Kenya more than one in every 5 Kenyans is aged between 15 to 24 years thus totaling to almost 10 million strong youth that are vital for Kenya’s future. As a result, about 10 million young people in the next decade are projected to enter the labor market which currently employs only 2.3 million in the formal sector.

The youth population continues to experience high levels of unemployment and underemployment – and thus the tech-solutions can not only solve the Big 4 issues, but also address this challenge of creating jobs for themselves and their peers. The developers therefore embark on leveraging the impact the youth have in the country to create long lasting and immediate solutions to the existing challenges and gaps in various sectors of the economy.

Youth interested in attending can register by emailing: ebby@ementoringafrica.or.ke. Media and other stakeholders interested in attending can also contact to find out more.