Digital Inclusion Program organizes the first hackathon in the Amazon

CEDRO’s Digital Inclusion Program with financial and technical assistance from USAID organized the first Hackathon in the Amazonian town of Tarapoto, Peru from 12th-16th December. The event aimed to promote technology development for economic growth and social well-being in the Amazonian region.

This hackaton invited youth to enhance their leadership skills and use their knowledge to develop mobile applications that enhance the quality of living in rural communities. Topics such as agriculture, environment and entrepreneurism were targeted by the group. Additional support was provided by the Communications Faculty of the University of Lima, Information Systems students from the National University of San Martín and Cisco International.

The implementation of this innovation event is part of a broader program organized by CEDRO since 2012 to create telecenters for digital inclusion in the Amazon region. These centers teach digital skills and other learning opportunities for youth through access to ICTs with the support of diverse public and private organizations. Until now, more than 25,000 youth have participated in events organized in any of the 38 telecenters.

Sources: Diario Voces