Interactive Hackathon: Public Policy for the Future of Innovation in Africa
As part of this year’s conference theme of enabling homegrown innovation, the Africa Business Forum is excited to host a non-tech hackathon titled: “Public Policy for the Future of Innovation in Africa”. This hackathon will engage participants in exploring policy solutions that will create an environment for innovation on the continent. The hackathon will gather 40 participants divided into 8 teams. Each team is expected to work on an idea for a policy in the sector of their choice (economy, education, culture, environment, etc.). Teams will be formed in advance and participants will have the opportunity to interact on their idea prior to the event on Hackerearth, an online platform where teams will have access to supporting materials such relevant articles, guiding questions and a guide for effective policy design.
Registration for the Hackathon is optional and free. When buying your ticket for the Africa Business Forum, you get the option to register for the Hackathon. You can also register later following a link on the confirmation email you will get with your ticket for the forum.
REGISTER HERE FOR THE HACKATHON
8:00 A.M to 9:00 A.M. Coffee and Registration for the Hackathon
9:00 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Hackathon starts: Collaboration on ideas
10:30 A.M to 10:50 A.M. Teams pitch their ideas
10:50 A.M. to 10:55 A.M. Judges evaluations
10:55 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Winners announced
The winning team will present their idea after the Policy Panel to the audience in the Africa Business Forum.
Mr. Ategeka is an entrepreneur, engineer, and futurist who has received multiple international awards for his work in sustainability and technology. He is a UC Berkeley alum and the founder and managing partner at UCOT, Inc, a community of global leaders that seek to bring awareness about the unintended consequences of technology on humanity. He is also the founder of CA Bikes, a company that manufactures and provides bikes and motorcycle ambulances to hospitals, and NGOs in Uganda.
Professor Zilberman is an Israeli-American economist, professor and Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 1979. His area of expertise includes the economics of technology, risk, agriculture, and the environment. He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, the USDA, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Ashley graduated from Berkeley Haas where she was the co-president of the Haas Fintech Club. She helped launch the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, a non-profit consortium that aims to « use blockchain and related technologies to make mobility safer, greener and more accessible. » She is a project lead for blockchain and distributed ledger technology for the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Ibata-Okalobe has worked as a scalability engineer for Apple, Yahoo, Salesforce, Adobe before joining Anaplan in 2017 with the mission to transform Anaplan's engineering culture with hackathons. He has also self-organized and leads the 2018 NASA SpaceApps Hackathon in San Francisco Bay.