BongoHive, Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub, has announced it will host Africa’s first-ever Fishackathon, a computer coding and tech-intensive event to create apps, systems and tools for sustainable fishery issues.
Zambia, like most African countries, has challenges with its rivers, fish and fisheries, and Fishackathon Zambia 2016 seeks to find tech-based solutions to these challenges.
The event will bring together coders across Zambia to develop mobile and technological solutions to the aforementioned real-world problems.
To come up with workable and usable solutions, a team of volunteer coders and technologists will take a weekend-long challenge to consider problem statements from fisheries experts around Zambia.
A local panel of judges will select the most outstanding solutions presented by the coders, with the winner(s) eligible for worldwide grand prizes.
Fishackathon Zambia 2016 will take place on April 22-24, 2016 at the Hive in Lusaka. Interested coders, designers, developers, project managers and fishery experts should register to attend (tickets sale ends on April 21).
Fishackathon, launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, brings together volunteer coders to create tools to address challenges in sustainable fishing around the world.
The pilot Fishackathon brought together coders in 5 cities around the States, and the second instalment last year expanded to 12 countries worldwide, including hackathons in Asia, Europe and Latin America.