UNICEF selects final Winners of UNICEF Mobile Hackathon 2013
"We believe in the power of innovation to tackle major challenges and improve millions of children’s lives in Viet Nam," says UNICEF
Viet Nam, 2 November 2013 – UNICEF today concludes the UNICEF Mobile Hackathon 2013 with the Final Demo Day spotlighting the final event winners OCEAN 4 and Ga Trong, rewarded for their innovative mobile applications designed to tackle children’s issues in Viet Nam. The duo were selected after finalists from the UNICEF Mobile Hackathon in June were given an additional four months to further develop their applications with fully functional BETAs and testing with expected users.
The five teams competing in the Final Demo Day were selected from the first ever 36-hour UNICEF Mobile Hackathon, held in Ho Chi Minh City on 30 June 2013. More than 100 app developers, comprised of 31 competitive teams, competed in the event. The Mobile Hackathon focused on two key challenges. The first was to increase access to information, healthcare and nutrition for women during pregnancy through to the child's second year birthday and the second was to build a marketplace for socially responsible tourism that is beneficial to children. During the development phase, the teams received technical support from partners, Nokia, mLab and UNICEF, including business and presentation skills.
The winning teams are each expected to publish their application within two months to win final cash prizes totaling nearly USD10,000, to which Nokia contributed haft as developers' sponsor.
In Viet Nam, every day more than 100 children still die from preventable causes such as pneumonia and diarrhea, every hour a child dies from an injury as a result of preventable accidents – especially those related to drowning or traffic, more than three million children do not have access to clean water and more than two million children less than five years old suffer permanent physical and brain damage caused by malnutrition. Even one preventable child death is too many, and UNICEF believes that the number can be reduced to ZERO given that most of these causes can be prevented by low-cost, simple interventions. It is hoped that these mobile applications will contribute to reducing the incidence of child deaths due to preventable causes.
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