About the Hackathon

Code for Change Myanmar organized Myanmar’s first-ever hackathon. It was held on 14-16th March 2014 at MICT Park in Yangon. The objective of the hackathon was to use technology to tackle some of the country’s most pressing challenges.

The problems for the hackathon were supplied by NGOs in Myanmar. They ranged from reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS to helping farmers optimize their irrigation. (For a full list of the problems please click here)

Seventy-six developers, designers and entrepreneurs participated in the 48-hour event. They were supported by a team of local and international mentors, as well as the NGOs who supplied the problems.

On Sunday afternoon the 17 teams demo’ed their solutions to an expert panel of judges. 1st Prize was awarded to Team NilBug. They had built a sophisticated Android app that allowed farmers to share and receive alerts about nearby pests and diseases. 2nd Prize went to Team Electage who built a crowd sourced election monitoring platform.  3rd Prize went to Team “Mild Product” who built a highly engaging app to help women manage their birth spacing.

The Hackathon was funded by the The World Bank and Internews. It was supported by Ooredoo Myanmar and Ideabox MyanmarSingtech Myanmar, an affordable mobile device maker also sponsored the event, as well as Nescafe and Red Bull