Thursday, 20 April, 2017

A group of thirty young people got together to design solutions to achieve sustainable development goals 4, 3 and 10 related to education, health and inequalities. 
Coming from different backgrounds they were guided by design and coding experts to develop concrete ideas through software projects applications and analysis. 
After the 48 hours Hackathon, the following ideas were presented by young people themselves.

The world of sounds based on SDG4 and SDG10 "Reducing Inequalities” and “Quality Education”. The proposal outlines the development of an application for android to inform and educate citizens about people with special needs and abilities.
Open Books based on SDG4 "Quality Education". The proposal was to create an application to donate books targeting various age groups especially those coming from vulnerable communities and families. 
Cyberpeer based on SDG3 "Good Health and Well - Being". The proposal was to create an online platform to consult with the family doctor, fix appointments and medical check-ups. 

Education Eye based on SDG4 "Quality Education". The proposal was to create a web application where anybody can report school –related issues such as teaching, discipline, corruptive practices and other irregularities. 
SalutApp based on SDG3 "Good Health and Well - Being". The proposal was the creation of an online platform which can be used as an OpenStreetMap to locate nearest pharmacies, health clinics and hospitals, using open source data. 
One of the ideas-the SalutApp will be further modified to serve young people who are interested in information related to reproductive health. This will be achieved through a dedicated 2 day Bootcamp. 
The Hackathon was supported by UNDP and UNFPA and falls within Outcome 3 of the UN Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development which focuses on Economic Growth, Labour and Agriculture

The use of the Hacathons is an innovative way of involving youth in designing solutions for societal challenges. In addition, such hackathons represent a new and challenging way to translate SDGS in concrete actions impacting people`s lives.