Brain-drain is a big issue with respect to the development of emerging economies. Skilled people are known to leave their countries of origin, looking for better paying wages and higher quality of living, often times this is to the detriment of the developing countries which require human capital to develop.
Using Nigeria as a case-study, this hackathon will focus on four key areas: Finance, Health, Agriculture and Education. We have also raised some questions to be addressed:
- Finance- How can we leverage remittance opportunities for development? Can we bridge the funding and investment gap by introducing viable, safe and trusted investment opportunities in Nigeria and other emerging economies to the UK using technology?
- Health- In a pool by NOIPolls, over half of the 72,000 doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) work in the diaspora. How can technology help make their skill relevant in Nigeria?
- Education- How can diasporans in emerging economies facilitate education in their home countries using technology?
- Agriculture- How can the diaspora help create more opportunities in this area?
Technology has been used to solve many problems in the world; can we use technology to curb the effects of brain-drain? We think we can!
We are looking to get design thinkers, developers, UI/UX pros, economists, business and political leaders, and enthusiasts to work together over 2 days and come up with practical solutions that address this modern-day problem.
Techies and non-techies – everyone is invited.
Saturday, 3rd of August 2019 9am - 6pm
Sunday, 4th of August 2019, 10am to 6pm.
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WHO CAN ATTEND?
BTNG Hackathon series is open to anyone 18 years or older who is interested in working on creating fun, cutting-edged Apps for solving the problems of brain drain in emerging economies.
IS THIS EVENT FOR DEVELOPERS ONLY?
While developers are necessary for each team, anyone is welcome. UX/UI designers, marketers, biz dev, or even if you’re just interested in trying a hackathon for the first time anyone can participate and be a part of a team
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE ON EACH TEAM?
Teams can have a maximum of 5 people
HOW DO YOU JOIN A TEAM?
You can arrive solo and meet up with others to form a team at the event, or you can build your group beforehand and come to the event as a team. For that, you have to agree to join our Slack channel during registration
WHAT CAN I BRING INTO THE EVENT?
A laptop is a must and any other devices or equipment required to work on your project. Be sure to bring any dev tools that you use on your laptop or USB drive
WHAT ABOUT FOOD AND DRINKS?
We will provide food and drinks throughout the event
WHO OWNS THE IP?
Participants will own the rights to their work. Sponsoring companies may have their own terms and conditions for proprietary technology or content
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE ORGANIZER WITH ANY QUESTIONS?
First Prize - For each team member;
- Mentorship and Spring boarding by Bethnal Green Ventures – Europe’s leading Tech for Good accelerator and investor in businesses using technology to tackle social and environmental challenges.
Bethnal Green Ventures is an early stage investor in Tech for Good. Over the last six years they have invested in over 110 businesses using technology to tackle social and environmental challenges and build a vast network of tech for good founders, mentors and impact investors.
- Bragging Certificates
- One book from our hottest five must-read selection
People's Choice For each team member;
- £30 worth Amazon vouchers
- Bragging Certificates
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Venture Capitalist & Founder @ Amoo
Senior Software Engineer @ Glint
Lawyer & Business Partner
CEO @ Oakam
Director of Advice - Institutional Team @ SEI
How original is the idea? How creative has your team been in solving the challenge? Did they come up with a radical approach, or did they follow existing patterns and solutions?
How well designed is this solution, from front end through to UI/UX? Did your team think about the user interface(UI) and user experience(UX)? How well designed is your demo? Is it easy to use or does it require a lot of training to understand the demo?
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Is the solution relevant to the theme?
How impactful will this solution be for its target audience? Is it scalable, feasible and provide economical and societal value and sustainability? This can be looked at as the business model.
How well executed is this solution from start to finish? Does the hack work? Is the hack testable, and can the team show the minimum viable product? The hack does not have to be perfect or production ready, but does the idea come to live with your demo?
A good pitch, for example, can get you a job, promotion and investors. It can also convince customers to buy a new product or service. Therefore, your team will be judged if they were convincing enough, was it short and to the point? Enthusiasm?