June 24, 2020

TechWomen Alumni Organize a Hackathon for COVID-19 Innovation

Recently, TechWomen alumni Josephine Ndambuki (2013) and Chepkemoi Magdaline (2019) helped organize and execute “The Great COVID-19 Innovation Challenge” -- an international hackathon that challenged individuals, startups, and organizations to apply innovative tech solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya. Josephine served as the co-lead, and Chepkemoi worked as the project manader. The hackathon was hosted by Josephine’s employer, Konza Technopolis, as well as the Association of Countrywide Hubs, of which Chepkemoi’s company, EldoHub, is a member.

Over the course of 72 hours, the hackathon brought together 316 innovator communities from 47 countries to harness the power of technology and demonstrate how partnerships can solve leading challenges. Each hackathon group was tasked with addressing one of three challenges-- Kenya’s health systems, food systems or economy-- and finding ways to leverage technology for change. Submissions were judged by a distinguished group of panelists, including the British High Commissioner to Kenya, and three winning teams were chosen. “We congratulate our outstanding teams,” Josephine wrote. “We look forward to working further to make these homegrown brands.” The project also included other TechWomen alumni, Ruth Kaveke (2017) who served as a mentor, and Maureen Macharia (2018) who served as a judge.

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