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YOUNG CODERS “ASTOUND” JUDGES AT
MYANMAR’S FIRST-EVER “HACKATHON”
WINNING TEAM DEVELOPS SOPHISTICATED APP TO
NOTIFY FARMERS OF NEARBY PESTS & DISEASES
Monday 17th March 2014
Ooredoo Myanmar Office, MICT Park, Yangon
After an intense 48 hours, Myanmar’s first-ever “hackathon” finished at 6pm on Sunday night. The
hackathon, which was organized by Code for Change Myanmar, brought together 76 of Myanmar’s most talented young developers, designers and entrepreneurs.
th When the hackathon began at 6pm on Friday 14 March, the participants were presented with eight (8) problems from six (6) different NGOs. The problems ranged from how to help women manage birth spacing to how to make it easier for farmers to optimize irrigation.
The participants then divided into 17 teams and spent all weekend developing technology-based solutions to these problems. Many teams worked non-stop for 48 hours.
th On Sunday afternoon, 16 March, each team had just 3 minutes to give a demonstration to the Judging Panel of the app or website that they had built. The Judging Panel had a mix of skills and included judges with a deep understanding of social challenges in Myanmar and judges experienced in
technology. The judges were:
U Thaung Su Nyein – CEO, Information Matrix • Daw Hnin Hnin Pyne – Senior Human Development Specialist, The World Bank • Daw Aye Mya Hlaing – Principal, The SUN Institute • Mr Phil Morle – CEO, Pollenizer Global • The standard of work and presentation was extremely high. Mr Phil Morle, a veteran technology
entrepreneur and investor, said:
“I have participated in, judged and run hackathons all over the world and this was one of the best I’ve ever seen. What these young people achieved this weekend astounded me – and not just the winners.
The energy and talent of the Myanmar tech community is inspiring”.
After a lengthy deliberation, first prize was awarded to Team “NilBug”. They had built a sophisticated Android app that allowed farmers to share and receive alerts about nearby pests and diseases. The
team’s presenter Ko Arkar Min Aung said:
“This was a fantastic weekend. It was a great chance to apply our skills to address important problems in Myanmar. We learnt a lot, had great fun and built a cool product with the power of team spirit. The other teams did so well I can’t believe we won!” First prize was $1000 to share, as well as a SingTech Sapphire iTab Mini (a tablet device worth $180) and a copy of Mr Morle’s book StartUp Focus for each member of the team.
Proximity Designs was the NGO that submitted the problem that the winning team worked on. Daw
Debbie Aung Din, Co-Founder of Proximity Designs, said:
“This hackathon was a great opportunity to work with Myanmar’s technology community on real issues that farmers deal with. We’re very impressed with what the teams built. We’re looking forward to working with them to test their ideas and to develop them further”.
Second prize was awarded to team “Electage”. Their product, also an Android application, was designed for election monitoring teams to report on irregularities during the 2015 election. As well as a working Android app, they had prototyped an iOS application and a web platform. They won $500 to share and SingTech’s top of the line smartphone, a Sapphire Prime for each team member (worth $120).
Third prize was awarded to team “Mild Product”. They had developed a graphically engaging way of helping women manage their birth spacing. They won $250 to share and a SingTech iPure smartphone for each team member (worth $80).
The hackathon was organized by Code for Change Myanmar, a new initiative supported by Internews to harness the potential of the coming revolution in connectivity in Myanmar. Internews Senior Strategy
Advisor and Code for Change Myanmar Founder Mr David Madden said:
“The Code for Change Myanmar hackathon has shown that technology can be used to have real social impact in Myanmar. The technology community here has the talent to build innovative apps and digital services that will really improve people’s lives. We’re looking forward to organizing more events like this”.
In addition to Internews, Ooredoo Myanmar, Ideabox Myanmar, The World Bank, Singtech Myanmar, Nescafe and Red Bull supported the Code for Change Myanmar Hackathon. Ooredoo Myanmar CEO,
Mr Ross Cormack, said:
“Ooredoo Myanmar is proud to have supported the Code for Change Myanmar Hackathon. The apps that these young people built at this hackathon are a great example of the ways in which improved telecommunications is going to accelerate Myanmar’s development”.
Code for Change Myanmar / Internews:
David Madden Founder, Code for Change Myanmar Senior Strategy Advisor, Internews +95 942 113 6565 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Code for Change Myanmar After having one of the lowest mobile and internet penetration rates in the world, Myanmar is on the cusp of a revolution in connectivity. Code for Change Myanmar is a new initiative to try to harness the transformative potential of the opening up of Myanmar’s telecommunications market.
It is designed to help the technology community in Myanmar use their skills to help tackle some of the country’s pressing problems.
Code for Change Myanmar’s first program is a “hackathon” that will be held in Yangon on 14-16th March. Code for Change Myanmar is supported by Internews, an international non-profit organization.
For more information please see:
www.CodeForChangeMyanmar.org www.facebook.com/CodeForChangeMyanmar https://twitter.com/Code4ChangeMM About Internews Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.
The story of Internews’ 12 years of work in Burma is one of unmatched innovation, consistent capacity-building and demonstrable impact achieved in one of the world’s most difficult environments for media development. Internews has been working with Burmese journalists since 2001 when it first opened its Burma program from its base in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since its first humble trainings of exile journalists working along the Thai-Burma border, Internews has gone on to develop responsive programming to almost every major development in the country. It equipped Burmese journalists with training and key support to cover the Saffron Revolution in 2007, Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the constitutional referendum in 2008 and the Burmese elections in 2010 to name but a few events. Junior journalists trained by Internews in the early days of the program have now gone on to become leaders of the media industry both inside Burma’s independent print media and within the media in exile.
Internews’ long history working in the country and deep knowledge of the actors involved, give it unparalleled access to journalists and key players working within the industry. Internews also has extensive experience in engaging the ICT4D community in Myanmar. Internews is currently partnering with MIDO to provide internet policy advice to inform new ICT regulations being considered by the government. Regionally, Internews has conducted Innovation Labs in such diverse locations as Kabul, Islamabad, and Beijing and has built a deep stream of expertise in wedding new technologies to the needs to civil society and media in developing countries.
About the World Bank Group The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It comprises five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Each institution plays a distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org/myanmar www.facebook.org/WorldBankMyanmar About IdeaBox IdeaBox is a community of entrepreneurs backed by Ooredoo in Myanmar and Indonesia.
Together, we are building the next generation of internet companies through inspiring events, new startup incubation and acceleration of existing companies.
IdeaBox Myanmar is a collaboration between Ooredoo, Pollenizer and Silicon Straits. The Myanmar story is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to help bring startups from ideas to product as we think deeply about solving problems for this previously untouched and unconnected market of 62 million people. We are proud to join the country and its people on the cusp of its digital revolution and accelerate its leapfrog into the future.
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential.
Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives and Indonesia. The company was named ‘Best Mobile Operator’ of the year 2013 at World Communication Awards.
Ooredoo reported revenues of $9.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2012 and had a consolidated global customer base of more than 92.9 million people as of 31 December 2012. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
Twitter: @Ooredoo Facebook: facebook.com/ooredoogroup LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/ooredoo YouTube: www.youtube.com/ooredoogroup Ooredoo Myanmar was granted one of the FDI telecommunications licenses by the end of January 2014. Following the announcement on June 27 that Ooredoo Myanmar had been successful in its bid for one of two mobile telecommunications licences in Myanmar, Ooredoo Myanmar has worked extensively establishing itself and laying the foundation for its business to become an integral part of the Myanmar community. In October 2013, Ooredoo Group announced the appointment of Ross Cormack to lead operations in Myanmar. Ooredoo Myanmar will offer a wide range of mobile communications services beyond voice and data to improve the lives of Myanmar consumers and help businesses run more efficiently. This will include the development of a comprehensive portfolio of life enriching services including mobile money services, a range of mobile health services, and services to support farmers and agriculture leveraging on its experience in launching those services in other markets.
Ooredoo Myanmar will roll out these services using a large distribution network which will quickly reach beyond Myanmar’s cities into the country’s rural areas. The Company will leverage this network in deploying innovative solutions across 3G networks using 900 and 2100 frequencies, bringing data services to where there has previously only been voice.
Ooredoo Myanmar is looking for people if you would like to join a fun and energetic team, please send your CV to email@example.com In March Ooredoo Myanmar, Internews & World Bank hold Myanmar First-Ever • “HACKATHON” event.
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In December 2013, Ooredoo Myanmar announces the opening of new office in MICT • Park.
In December 2013, Ooredoo Myanmar co-sponsored Mobile Fair 2013 at UMFCCI.
• In November 2013, Ooredoo Myanmar becomes official partner of Myanmar Football • Federation.
In November 2013, In partnership with Rakhine National Social Welfare Organisation, • Ooredoo Myanmar supported the education of the refugee children in Rakhine, Kachin and Myeikhtilar regions.
In November 2013, Ooredoo Myanmar announes its sponsorship to Myanmar Chinlone • Federation.
In November 2013, Ooredoo Myanmar takes main sponsorship at SQUAR Youth Festival • to show its continuous Youth Empowerment.
In November 2013, Ooredoo Myanmar announced its USD 5,000 sponsorship for 1st • Yangon Youth Forum at the signing ceremony held at Yadanar Ballroom 3, PARKROYAL Yangon hotel.
In October 2013, as a main sponsor, Ooredoo Myanmar meets Myanmar mobile • application developers at a brainstorming event in Myanmar ICT Park.
In October 2013, Ooredoo Myanmar announces its USD 50,000 sponsorship at Special • Olympics Myanmar National Games.
In late September 2013, Ooredoo and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to partner with • organisations in Myanmar to train 30,000 women as Ooredoo mobile retail agents.