Hack The Goals is a worldwide movement of hackathons organised by Enabel, the Belgian development agency. The hackathons enable citizens to discuss, reflect on and identify innovative solutions for real life problems that help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At the end of each hackathon, the Hack the Goals teams will present their design concept that accelerates the achievement of the SDGs. The solutions presented should build on digital technologies, and commit to leaving no one behind.
In 2018, the first edition of Hack the Goals will be organised in Belgium and five partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation: Morocco, Niger, Palestinian Territory, Senegal and Uganda. In each country a jury of professional experts will select the winning design concept of the national competition.
The winning teams will participate in the international award ceremony that takes place in Brussels during an exceptional closing event in the presence of the Belgian minister of development cooperation and digital agenda, Alexander De Croo. The team with the best design concept in the international competition will be awarded a € 5 000 prize to further develop their design concept into a functioning prototype.
After seven hackathons in six different countries Hack the Goals will end in style on the 16th of November 2018 in Brussels (Belgium). Join us for an inspiring Digital for Development (D4D) knowledge sharing session and find out who takes home the final prize during the award ceremony.
This day of capacity building on Digital for Development is open to all Belgian and European development actors.
On the 16th of November 2018, from 09:30 until 16:00 Enabel organises a full day with knowledge sharing and learning activities to support Belgian and European development actors.
During the first half of the day Enabel and its partners will present recent accomplishments and share promising practices in the area of Digital for Development.
In the afternoon a variety of digital technologies and services such as block chain, big data and mobile money will be discussed in depth so that participants become familiar with both the opportunities and constraints.
Interested to join? Register here.
Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
In the evening, Enabel invites everyone to the 'Hack the Goals" closing event. During this soiree in the magnificent Art Nouveau buildings of Atelier des Tanneurs you can meet the nominated teams and discuss their design concepts. Alexander De Croo, deputy prime minister and minister of development cooperation and digital agenda and Jean Van Wetter, managing director of Enabel will give keynote speeches on Digital for Development.
The final keynote speech will be delivered by Isaya Yunge, digital entrepreneur and honoree of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 young change-makers list.
A panel discussion on the future of Digital for Development, as either an accelerator for the SDGs or as an expensive trend, will be held. This exciting debate will be organised with high-level speakers such as Afke Schaart (GSMA), Ivonne Jansen-Dings (Waag) and Ibrahim Ouassari (Molengeek).
Afterwards, the jury will announce the international winner of the “Hack the Goals” contest and minister De Croo will hand over the prize of € 5 000 to the winning team during the award ceremony. The evening closes with a walking diner and concert.
Enabel invites everyone who is interested in sustainable development and who is interested in Digital for Development to join us for this exciting event!
Interested to join? Register here.
Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
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