Hack-diary: Day 2

Published by Ocean Generation \ February 9, 2019 4:51 pm

A world-class hackathon to innovate and design solutions to secure vital infrastructure for communities at risk of climate change is now LIVE!

Throughout Friday 8th February, remote tech teams in Lund have been hacking away while our Antigua and regional participants gathered again at ABIIT (Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology) to listen to a problem themed description panel and hear the rules and regulations of the hack weekend.

The problems that climate change pose for infrastructure were presented by Collin John Jenkins, sustainability consultant, and CJC + Associates IN. exploring the problems faced by housing under urban planning. He delivered an interactive overview of everything from infrastructure to the global contemporary threats climate change pose to Small Island Developing Nations.

The second talk was given by Salomon Doumith, Managing Director of Antigua Computer Technology, exploring the problems posed in securing internet communications for vulnerable communities. With over 30 years of experience, Salomon shared his first-hand experiences with various tropical storms that had left everything from his company’s power towers completely broken down to back up generators failing.

Both talks proved extremely thought-provoking for our teams, fuelling their minds with sustainable context and real climate threats to Antigua and the neighbouring region.

The hackathon welcomed teams of 1-6 people, aged 18 and over to participate to develop an idea or prototype for solutions to this years ‘infrastructure and resilience theme’.

Global experts are on site to offer mentoring sessions to local developers as part of the project, to help develop the local and regional tech community and inspire ongoing innovation. Mentors, including Royal Mail representatives will offer advice on how to pitch, green energy expertise, entrepreneurship, data science, and statistics, helping teams win the $5000 prize!

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