Hackathon Concept Card Poster Paper Art Design with Outline Icons Include of Team, Gear and Telephone. Vector illustration (Hackathon Concept Card Poster Paper Art Design with Outline Icons Include of Team, Gear and Telephone. Vector illustration, ASC

Udugu Institute, the pioneers of Simba Savannah in conjunction with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Eight2Five will host a two day technological event dubbed COVID-19 fintech hackathon.

The local’s first ever fintech-focused virtual hackathon which will run from the 28th to the 29th of August 2020 will see winners walking away with USD$10 000 and an opportunity to showcase their solutions at the Global Hackcelerator in Singapore later this year.

The COVID-19 fintech hackathon is aimed at addressing critical financial services related to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants of the two-day intense virtual are drawn from technology enthusiasts, developers, product managers, designers and entrepreneurs.

Their primary task is to find solutions to the COVID-19 induced challenges on healthcare, digital payments, and economic recovery.

“This hackathon is meant to address critical financial services related to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. As expected, the hackathon will climax with a demo day where the participating teams will get an opportunity to pitch and showcase their ideas’ to a panel of judges,”
the organisers said in a statement.

“The winning participants stand a chance to win up to USD $10k in prizes and will be fast-tracked to showcase their solutions at the Global Hackcelerator in Singapore later this year. Participating candidates also stand a chance to get post-hackathon support from Eight2Five to grow their projects into actual businesses.”

Eight2Five is an Innovative Hub that partners with entrepreneurs to achieve a shared vision of solving real world and business problems through technology.

Other sponsors of the COVID-19 Fintech Hackathon include IDBZ, ZIMNAT, BOOST Fellowship, British Council, Empretech and ZimSelector.

Udugu Institute seeks to foster development through interactive and inclusive platforms that help develop and showcase local innovations -facilitating connections between various players in the innovation value chain through programs such as ‘Innovation Baraza’ and ‘Simba Savannah’ as a contribution to research in the field of
innovation.

For registration and further information, please visit www.hackathon.co.zw or send an email to [email protected]

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