[CODATA-international] Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 - A Hackathon and Ideathon for Sustainable Africa

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Tue Mar 3 10:11:02 EST 2020

The IST-Africa 2020 conference, supported by the European Commission (EC) and the African Union Commission (AUC), addresses a series of societal challenges. The Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is a contribution to the joint efforts to solve these challenges. The hackathon addresses some of the key topics identified by the IST-Africa conference, such as agriculture, environmental sustainability, collaborative open innovation and ICT-enabled entrepreneurship.

The Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is one of the satellite INSPIRE hackathons. The hackathon is organised in the frame of the IST Africa 2020 Conference. The hackathon is a collaborative event organised by Plan4all, Club of Ossiach associations, GODAN, FAO, IST-Africa Conference, Makerere University, AfriGEO and EU projects including EO4Agri, STARGATE, RDA Europe 4.0, SIEUSOIL, DEMETER, SmartAgriHubs, NextGEOSS, EUXDAT, PoliVisu and AFarCloud.


The goal of the Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 is to continue to build and strengthen relationships between several EU projects and African communities that started in 2019 with the Nairobi INSPIRE hackathon<https://www.plan4all.eu/2019/06/nairobi-inspire-hackathon-2019-intercontinental-engagement-in-open-science-innovation-and-data/>. This was one of our most successful hackathons with more than 200 participants representing 26 African countries. The INSPIRE hackathons are not a competition, rather the main focus is building relationships, making rapid developments, and collecting ideas for future research and innovation.


The hackathon starts on March 2020 by creating hackathon teams addressing pre-defined challenges. The hackathon will then run remotely until an onsite hackathon at the University of Makerere, Kampala on 4th  – 5th May 2020. The final phase is on 8th May 2020 at 9 am in Kampala where the hackathon results will be presented within a workshop at IST Africa.

More details at https://www.plan4all.eu/kampala-inspire-hackathon-2020/

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