, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – More than 100 ‘techies’ and software developers from all over the region have converged in Nairobi this week for a challenge that seeks to find solutions to climate change and climate induced disasters that affect the people in the Greater Horn of Africa.
Dubbed the Hack4Climate2016, the competition organized by IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC), is challenging young people to come up with innovative solutions such as early warning systems to the public on natural calamities as a result of climate change and accelerate public knowledge and awareness about climate change and extreme climatic events.
“We want you to help us in thinking through innovation that can help us tackle problems that are domiciled in our region and that can help our resilient agenda. From how we can upscale early warning mechanism to how we can get to the communities faster,” said IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim at the opening ceremony.
Mahboub also revealed that IGAD and partners will establish a Climate and Innovation Hub so that the many ideas that come up can be pursued to the end and make this a long term project.
The solutions for climate change and climate-induced disasters will be judged based on their sustainability model, cost effectiveness, scalability of the solution and clarity of the implementation plan.
The winning innovations will receive start-up grants ranging up to USD 5,000 (Sh500, 000) to fund the pilot implementation of the projects.
Other partners participating in the challenge include United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Safaricom and Kenya Airways.