TBILISI, Georgia, 17 December 2019. The winners of the Hackathon for young people on child rights were announced today as part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The hackathon lasted for two days and included 14 Teams of young people of 16-24 years with the objective of working together, sharing ideas and experimenting with the latest technologies and innovations.
The three youth teams that found the best digital solutions were awarded by UNICEF Representative in Georgia Ghassan Khalil and the Executive Director of the National Statistics Office Gogita Todradze.
“Through the Hackathon we aimed to bring together young people from different backgrounds to collaborate and to build digital solutions in relation to specific problems facing children and young people in Georgia.” said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “Thanks to all young people who participated in this initiative and submitted their creative ideas and proposals”, he added.
The Digital Marathon "Hack Outside the Box” was organized with the support of UNICEF and its main goal was to encourage using digital solutions to solve problems related to the child rights issues. Hackathon united young people who had ideas, were interested in technology, and believed that innovative projects can change the lives of children for the better.
The hackathon participants worked on the following issues:
• Use of violent parenting methods
• Adolescent development
• Increased blood lead level in children in Georgia
The teams used data from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the National Statistics Office (GeoStat) with technical and financial support from UNICEF and the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC). Significant financial and/or in-kind contributions to the survey are also provided by SIDA, USAID, AFD, SDC, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO, the World Bank, and the Italian National Institute of Health. The hackathon was carried out by the NGO Democracy Laboratory.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/