The Code for Pakistan together with Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab (ICIL) conducted the second Islamabad Civic Hackathon, which concluded on 17th July, Sunday. The themes for this year’s event were health, education, social change, sustainable city, and poverty and development. Participants from all over the country attended the event with total enthusiasm and they were mentored by the experts from the fields of business, technology, and entrepreneurship.
What Is The Civic Hackathon?
The Civic Hackathon is an annual two-day competition in which all the civic-minded individuals like software developers, designers, students, and entrepreneurs participate and they come forward with their ideas and solutions to improve the public services of the country.
The event was sponsored by Telenor and Arbisoft. Other notable partners were Google Developers Group, Teradata, Invest2Innovate, Microsoft, and the Nest I/O.
Winners Of The Competition
The expert panel of judges included Ather Imran – CEO of Sybrid, Mansoor Malik – Chairman of Kamyab Pakistan, Yusuf Hussain – CEO of DM Ventures, and Shabana Atif Khan – CEO of LMKT. These judges concluded the following winners of the hackathon:
- First prize was got by Dastaweezat, which is an app to simplify and streamline the university application process. The team was rewarded with PKR 75,000.
- The second position was grabbed by Chote Ustad, an app which connects the students with online tutors for easy and improved access to education. They were rewarded PKR 50,000.
- Three teams got the third position. Bijli Pe Nazar, which is to collect data of household electricity consumption; Shafaaf Voting, a digital voting process app; and Baagh Baagh, a mobile app for gardening. All of them got a cash prize of PKR 25,000 each.
- The last award was the Audience Favorite Award, which went to No Food Wasted, an online website for tackling food waste by feeding the poor people.
The winning teams will also get assistance and guidance from Global Shapers, The Nest I/O, and the Invest2Innovate. They will also get access to different tools and services from the Microsoft and Google.
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