MOPT continues quest for national digital solutions

HACKATHON 2019 Ready … Set … Go

Hackathon 2019 was launched on Thursday November 28 at the Arthur Chung Conference Center (ACCC).  As it was in 2016 and 2017, the Hackathon’s chief purpose is to identify the many ICT talents all over this country, and to encourage them to create digital solutions for challenges within their communities and even nationally.  The Hackathon is another way to advance the speed of business and the quality of public services.

The eight (8) competing teams are made up of mostly young software developers, graphic designers, business owners, videographers and other IT experts.  They are going to work non-stop from Friday midday to Saturday evening designing digital software to address either of these two challenges:

  1. Crowd Sourcing Platform for gender-based Violence and Crime
  2. A National e-Library and Digital Repository

The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday December 1.  They will earn a paid contract to develop the prototype of their product, as well as cash prizes.

Minister Hughes, in brief remarks, said, “I hope you have been paying attention to all that the Ministry has been doing since its inception in 2015 when we put Wi-Fi in Secondary schools.  We are currently upgrading the national ICT networks, and expanding into the Hinterland, to poor and remote communities across Guyana.  This is a special project that is connecting citizens to the Internet connections via satellite technology in villages as far away as Monkey Mountain in the Pakaraimas.

“There is a lot more work for us to do in the shortest possible time, especially considering that first oil is just weeks away.  Investors are here and we have to give them the level of service that they are accustomed to”.

The United Nations Development Programme is collaborating with the Ministry on the Hackathon.  Resident Representative, H.E. Jairo Valverde Bermudez, called attention to the “transformative work” the MOPT is doing, contributing to the ‘Leave no one behind’ objective of Agenda 2030 of the UN’s SDGs.  He listed some of the main deliverables for Guyana which include improved delivery of health, education, and security, and poverty reduction.

He said that the UNDP looks forward to continued partnership with MOPT “… in our quest to build a resilient nation”.

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