Sep 23, 2014

Hack4SocialChange — the first event within the Innovation lab. The goal is — to bring together young people to jointly find solutions to the problems and challenges faced in Belarus.

The Hack4SocialChange was organized in the format of a Hackathon — for 48 hours participants will develop operating prototypes to solve social problems and challenges.

The focus is on three categories:

1. Healthy lifestyle: Create innovative ways to increase public awareness for HIV and Tuberculosis.

2. Environmental protection: Create an innovative way to promote 'green' lifestyle in Belarus. For instance encouraging consumers to buy products in recycled packing or include environmental principles into businesses practices.

3. Disabled friendly employment: Create an innovative way to encourage the corporate sector to include and meet the needs of employees and/or customers with disabilities.

The winners of the first UNDP Hackathon Hack4SocialChange have been announced in Business-Club Imaguru premises on the night of 21 September.

The main prize equal to 1,500 US Dollars and assisting in implementing the project by one of the UNDP Project will go to:

- Be Friends Team with Stereotypes Breaker application – in the nomination Healthy Life Style;

- Freelance platform for people with disabilities;

- GreenMap and Intelligent Plastic Bottle Processing Network shared the prize in the nomination Environment protection.

UNDP Permanent Coordinator in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha said while awarding the winners: “Today we went further than generating ideas. We turned ideas into concrete steps. I would like to confirm today that UNDP in Belarus will go on working in this direction if you provide us with this opportunity.”

Mr. Samarasinha also stressed: “The Prim-Minister of Belarus will meet the UN Secretary General in a couple of hours. I will inform the secretary General that historically  what happened today in Minsk is as much important than this meeting.”

UNDP in Belarus congratulates the winners and wishes them to successfully implement their projects for the good of the country.

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