The UNDP Accelerator Lab Kyrgyzstan will organize an online hackathon #DevelopMyCommunity and will support IT specialists, development experts, civil society, and innovators to implement their ideas for the development of their communities. The event will take place from 10th to 14th March 2021.
This initiative is implemented by the UNDP Accelerator Lab Kyrgyzstan and the UNDP project "Digital skills and youth employment opportunities in the digital economy in the Kyrgyz Republic'' with the financial support of the Russian Federation.
The objectives of the hackathon are the generation and implementation of technological ideas with the aim of uniting people for co-planning, resource mobilization, and projects’ realization beneficial for the community development. The total prize fund of the Hackathon is 250,000 soms, which will be distributed among the three winners, who will be able to spend them on the further implementation of the announced projects. Also, the best projects will receive informational support from UNDP to better implement their ideas. In addition, the UNDP Accelerator Lab will consider the possibility of further cooperation with the winners.
The event consists of online seminars from the Accelerator Lab "Expanding citizen participation in the development of communities" and of the implementation of ideas stage. At the seminars, participants will learn more about the context of problems in the regions of the country and will be inspired by ideas for possible solutions through open discussions with experts from various fields. Online seminars will be held on March 10th and 11th, 2021.
Registration and seminar program are available here.
The second part of the event will continue with an idea generation phase, where participants will work for 48 hours on technological solutions that contribute to the development of communities. The hackathon will end with the presentation of ideas from the participants and the selection of the winners.
Both team and individual applications are accepted for participation. Participants can submit their applications at the stage of an idea, proof of concept, minimum viable product, as well as existing projects requiring further development.
The registration form and the Hackathon program are available here.
About UNDP Accelerator Lab
Accelerator Lab is launched at the initiative of the United Nations Development Program jointly with the Qatar Development Fund and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany. Accelerator Lab is designed to harness local innovation to create actionable insights and reimagine sustainable development in the 21st century. The Accelerator Lab Network is the largest and fastest-growing knowledge and development network of 92 Accelerator Laboratories in 116 countries, including a newly established laboratory in the Kyrgyz Republic.
As a member of the global knowledge network, the UNDP Accelerator Lab in the Kyrgyz Republic opened with internal UNDP funding at the end of 2020, will regularly share its discoveries and ideas arising from the analysis of the development problems of our country.
Communications Assistant, UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic