Team OCEAN 4 – the team that designed Travel Hero game we introduced in October – has won the UNICEF Mobile Hackathon 2013 in Vietnam together with team Gà Trống, both within their respective challenges. UNICEF Innovation Team congratulates the winners.
Vietnam, 2nd November 2013 – Today UNICEF concludes the UNICEF Mobile Hackathon 2013 with the Final Demo Day announcing the final winners, OCEAN 4 and Gà Trống, for their innovative mobile applications designed to tackle children’s issues in Vietnam. The winners were selected after finalists from the UNICEF Mobile Hackathon in June were given an additional four (4) months to further develop their applications with fully functional BETAs and testing on expected users.
The five teams competing in the Final Demo Day, were selected from the first ever 36-hour UNICEF Mobile Hackathon, which was held in Ho Chi Minh City on 30th June 2013. Over 100 app developers participated, making up 31 competitive teams. The Mobile Hackathon focused on two main challenges: 1) increasing access to information, healthcare and nutrition for women during pregnancy through her child’s second year birthday, and 2) building a marketplace for socially responsible tourism that is beneficial to children. During the development phase, the teams received technical support from partners, Nokia, mLab and UNICEF including business and presentation skills.
The winning teams are each expected to publish their application within two months in order to win the final cash prizes totaling nearly 10,000 USD, to which Nokia contributed half as developers’ sponsor.
In Vietnam, every day more than 100 children still die from preventable causes such as pneumonia and diarrhea; every hour, a child dies from an injury such as drowning or traffic accidents; more than 3 million children do not yet have access to clean water; and more than 2 million children under-five suffer permanent physical and brain damage caused by malnutrition. Even one preventable child death is too many, and UNICEF believes that the number can be reduced to ZERO given that most of these causes can be prevented by low-cost, simple interventions. It is hoped that these mobile applications will contribute to reducing the incidence of child deaths due to preventable causes.
We believe in the power of innovation to tackle major challenges and improve millions of children’s lives in Vietnam, says UNICEF.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Viet, UNICEF Viet Nam, Tel: 08 3281 9413. E-mail: ntviet(at)unicef.org
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, UNICEF Viet Nam; Tel: 04 3942 5706 ext 401. Email: ntthuong(at)unicef.org