Mobile app developers in Kenya and Canada have just launched a hackathon to create the best poverty alleviation apps in Kenya. The competition will be held from November 20 to November 22, 2015 for 28 hours on Skype.
Called the ‘’ poverty hackathon ’, the event aims to improve health, agriculture and access to education in rural Kenya. The best idea will then be implemented by Free The Children in 18 rural communities in Kenya in January. Free The Children is a charitable and educational organization, international partner of UN organizations, founded mainly with the aim of eradicating poverty in rural areas.
Canadian Danielle Thé, head of Dev Sans Frontières, a platform specializing in bringing together developers of innovative software and applications and social utility decided to support the event by mobilizing the resources necessary for the organization.
However, some stakeholders expressed strong pessimism about the event. “In the past, we have seen similar experiences where hackathon solutions are simply hackathon solutions,” Karijo, one of the stakeholders, told Reuters. “They are not applied everywhere or maybe not even at all. “, He adds.