Defys Hack the Regular – from Africa for Africa Hackathon: Get to know the profitable improvements for sustainable residing, wholesome residing and monetary options in Africa
Hack the Normal is designed to help advance Africa-led projects designed to ensure the sustainability of trade, natural resources and life on the continent. (Image: Supplied)
Between March 5th and 7th, Defy, a leading manufacturer of home appliances, partnered with ATÖLYE to host the Hack the Normal online hackathon to inspire and facilitate the development of new ideas and projects to make people’s lives easier.
With the support of Defy’s sister company, Beko, the participants in the hackathon had the opportunity to develop new products, services and business models with potential for commercialization and to overcome existing challenges Sustainable living, healthy living and financial solutions.
The hackathon focused on the individual, social and material implications of a more sustainable approach to energy, water, food and trade. The aim was to develop solutions by creating a fertile and digital environment that brings together different disciplines such as design, technology, sociology, psychology, human resources, management and communication.
During the two and a half day hackathon, the participating teams were trained in various areas, including problem finding and solution development, prototyping and storytelling. They also had the opportunity to refine their concepts with the help of experienced trainers and mentors from the fields of business, technology and design. In addition to the tutorial, Hack the Normal hosted a public program of keynote speakers, panels, and discussions that were open to both attendees and the wider community.
Teams from 52 countries came together with 294 mentors and coaches to find ways to navigate effectively and adapt to the common challenges prevailing in Africa. Teams and projects were selected from a pool of over 1,000 applicants with projects in various stages of development (idea, prototype, ready-to-use product, pivot product, etc.).
The winning ideas in the “Sustainable Living” category were a reliable and durable stove that uses biogas energy. a platform to create customizable, multifunctional shoes in localized supply chains for low-income households; and a platform to connect and support volunteers.
Successful projects at Financial Solutions included solutions that allow customers to use products as services through subscription, a web-based solution that collects, compares and presents transfers for individuals and SMEs, and a blockchain-based solution for fast and secure trading without Third.
Healthy Living winners included a product that serves as a container and filter for rural communities to carry large volumes of filtered water, a healthy food delivery service that offers personalized nutritional solutions, and an application that allows patients to provide feedback on their hospital experiences can give. This is then used by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify trends in discrimination.
“Our main goal is to improve the quality of life for all Africans: from our employees to our loyal customers to those who, like us, believe in improving society, the environment and the continent,” said Evren Albas, CEO of Devices Challenge. “Defy is more than a company, it is a large ecosystem of innovators who are motivated to make positive changes to our consumers’ lives and to improve the state of our world. With Hack the Normal, we have developed a collaboration platform to discuss sustainability issues, healthy living and new financial technologies and to support growth in Africa. It is very encouraging to see such strong interest from innovators around the world. I congratulate all the winners and hope that these innovations will have a real impact on people’s lives. “
After the hackathon, selected project teams will receive a total award of $ 30,000 and have the opportunity to work with Defy to further develop their projects. Winners will receive promotional support and access to customers through sub-Saharan Africa channels, as well as access to opportunities, investment networks, acceleration and incubation programs, and ultimately access to Defy users and the ecosystem.
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