As access to mobile phones across the continent increases, more local developers are creating applications that aim to solve the challenges that face the continent. The <Br/eak> Poverty Hackathon is an event sponsored by Devs Without Borders that will bring together developers from both Toronto and Nairobi from November 6th to 8th. In twenty-eight hours, these innovative techies will design innovative and sustainable solutions for emerging economies with a wide-range of issues from education to business to agriculture
The Hackathon will also include talks and workshops to inspire developers and will provide opportunities for participants to learn new skills, network with other developers, and create apps that can change the world. Food will be available all day at the Toronto event, while dinner will be provided in Nairobi. For Canadians, the event will cost between $15 to $30 USD, whereas the Nairobi event will be free as participants will be teleconferencing.
Judges include Timothy Quinn (The Sentinel Project), John Paul (iHub), Deveney Bazinet (Free The Children), Levi Goertz (VOTO Mobile), and Aashni Shah (U of T Hacks). The winning team will be implemented by Free the Children in rural Kenya, will have access to four months of incubation and mentorship, and will receive a Silver Plan with GitHub, Kobo eReaders, and particle kits.