INE, UN Team Up to Inspire Creativity, Generate Innovative Solutions to Solve Education, Health and Economic Crises
Cary, NC: In keeping with its commitment to lower educational barriers and provide broad access to information technology training around the world, INE is partnering with the United Nations and other global technology and education companies to host the 2021 World Innovation Day Hackathon. The event is an exciting venture hosted by virtual hackathon specialists, Hackmakers. It is designed to drive grassroot innovation to address some of the biggest challenges communities face in the areas of education, health, and the economy. “Our role is to bring together the global ecosystem comprising business, government, startups, and individuals, to collaborate and bring about meaningful change,” says Steve Nouri, Hackmakers Chairperson. “We specially partnered with INE to deliver some pre-event workshops and leverage their mentors during the hackathon to educate and guide the participants.”
The World Innovation Day Hackathon will be held across 50+ countries in celebration of UN World Innovation and Creativity Day. The global virtual event will bring together the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), high-level developers, top International government officials, and leading private sector companies to create solutions leading to inclusive and equitable access to quality education, acceleration in the eradications of health crises including COVID-19, and a global economy with a thriving GDP Per Capita Growth, rather than a shrinking one.
“At INE, we are working tirelessly to get the best technical training/education into the hands of businesses and individuals across the globe,” says INE’s CEO Richard McLain. “We are thrilled to find partners in the United Nations and Hackmakers who are equally dedicated to making quality education accessible to people around the globe.”
The Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, April 16th at 7:30am EDT. The hackathon will last 4 days, ending Monday, April 20th at 7:30am, and is open to students, working professionals, startups, freelance technologists, faculty, and IT service firms from across the world. During the hackathon, they will receive mentorship and advice from a variety of experts including INE experts. Challenge statements will be issued during the Opening Ceremony, and solutions will be judged on a criteria of consistency, originality, social value, quality/design and commercialization opportunity. Potential solutions include apps, dashboards, monitoring techniques, educational tools and anything participants can imagine and create! Winners will be awarded prizes contributed by sponsors including INE, and other community partners.