The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16 • 14:00 - 14:45
EcoTech Moz: Hackathons to Leverage Young Local Talent and Multi-Skilled Collaboration to Solve Challenges in Mozambique LIMITED

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Mozambique is a country known world-wide for its vast natural resources and remarkable levels of biodiversity. However, in recent years, there has been a growing number of challenges that affect and put the country's environmental balance at risk, such as deforestation, illegal poaching, lack of environmental education, urban waste, among others.

Country policies and conventional conservation programs have been insufficient to ensure the protection of the environment and, as these challenges aggravate, Mozambique sees an urgent need for alternative and innovative means to achieve sustainable development, now and for future generations.

In light of this urgency, we have created a platform that leverages growing groups of young IT enthusiasts to focus their talent on solving some of the country's environmental issues. In the format of a hackathon - intensive working sessions to create solutions of technological base to a specific challenge - EcoTech Mozambique brings together talented IT developers and national and international experts in the areas of business development, marketing, technology and environment to create and develop whole-rounded, context-relevant and self-sustainable prototypes and/ or projects to Mozambique's environmental challenges. The solutions are then presented to decision-makers, from NGOs to donors, to public and private sector, in order to gather feedback for improvement and, in the best cases, ensure implementation.

Solutions developed so far range from: participatory waste management, illegal poaching citizen monitoring, data gathering tool for marine conservation, environmental games, to mention a few.

By creating this alternative form of developing context-relevant and market-driven solutions for environmental sustainability, we are not only coming up with successful ideas or improving existing ones, but also boosting young local talent and creativeness, the very nascent IT and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country and establishing the missing link between environment and technology that many environmental experts and interested parties are still unaware of.

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Erika Rodrigues

Project Manager, UX Information Technologies
Erika Rodrigues is a community engagement specialist and project manager, currently working in Mozambique with UX Information Technologies, a local start-up focused on boosting competencies and employability of the Mozambican youth through disruptive, context-relevant and sustainable... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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