Dubbed the Sanitation Hackathon, the event began on December 14 to and ends today December 16 and was facilitated by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and ICT department in partnership with Smile Communication Uganda, and Nokia.
This is not the first the Sanitation Hackathon in Kampala, in 2011, a Water Hackathon was organized by the World Bank. Uganda developers led the rest of the world in creating seven working Water Hackathon mobile apps from the nearly 1,000 registered IT professionals from ten global locations Some of the winning applications are already being used and developed for scale-up.
The deadline for registration of IT developers was December 7. December 14 was held as a brainstorming session for IT developers and sanitation experts and the Sanitation Hackathon began December 15 to December 16.
The Sanitation Hackathon mentors included Victor Miclovich, Rehema Baguma, David Gonahasa, Boaz Shani,Elijah Kitaka and Abdu Ssekalala. Today awards will be given to the winners
The global event is also being held in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Cape Town (South Africa), Dakar (Senegal), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Helsinki (Finland), Jakarta (Indonesia), Lahore (Pakistan), Lima (Peru), London (UK), Pune (India) and San Francisco, New York and Chicago (USA).
A global sanitation hackathon will take place in January 2013 and Uganda has been selected to host it .
The global gathering of sanitation experts and IT developers next month will consist of an intensive weekend dedicated to developing innovative solutions to challenges facing the sanitation and hygiene sector. According to reports, while up to 90 per cent of those in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to a sanitation facility, only around 12 per cent are using safe facilities that protect health and wellbeing. The growing local IT community and developers around the world have the potential to develop solutions to help increase and track access to improved sanitation.
In preparation for the hackathon, sanitation experts are working with stakeholders and local communities to define pressing challenges that can be resolved with the use of information communication technologies. Programmers, software engineers and data specialists will then team up during the marathon weekend event to develop software applications that can be used to solve the identified challenges.