INNOVATING THROUGH THE URBAN RESILIENCE HACKATHON CHALLENGE

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INNOVATING THROUGH THE URBAN RESILIENCE HACKATHON CHALLENGE

KRCS (Kenya Red Cross), ICHA (International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs) UN Habitat and Partners for Resilience partnered to host an Urban Resilience Hackathon. The hackathon which was conducted from 28th-30th May, 2019 ran under the theme “Driving Innovations for Better Cities”.

 

The humanitarian impacts of disasters, both natural and man-made, are increasingly concentrated in urban areas. Tools for sustainable urban management and development such as waste management, city planning, land and housing regulations, public services and community organization are often overlooking the impact the youth can have in driving this agenda. This hackathon offered an opportunity for young people to generate innovative solutions for improved community resilience.

 

It is estimated that by 2050 more than two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, up from about 54 percent today. There is an urgent need to advance ideas towards the challenges that cities face and find alternative innovative solutions to Environmental conservation and water use as well as use of public spaces and business models that would create employment for youth. The thematic areas of the hackathon included.

  1. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND WATER USE

Amid a changing climate, population growth, rapid development and pervasive urbanization, an unprecedented threat to environment and water supply is more apparent than ever before. Climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources has had negative impact on the environment resulting to land degradation \ and large scale pollution which has to poor social and economic performance of communities.

  1. OPEN AND PUBLIC SPACES

Public spaces have historically often been overlooked and undervalued by urban authorities but is increasingly being considered the backbone of settlements. Public spaces are sites which are accessible and enjoyable by all without a profit motive and take on various spatial forms, including parks, streets, sidewalks, markets and playgrounds. Good public spaces enhance community cohesion and promote health, happiness, and well-being for all citizens, especially in urban areas.

  1. INNOVATIVE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS FOR LIVELIHOOD AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

To solve youth unemployment in a bid to create livelihood for communities in urban areas innovation and entrepreneurship is fundamental priority areas. The country’s landscape is undergoing major break in terms of new products and technologies driven by youth innovators who are up in exploiting immense opportunities in technology. Therefore solutions, designs and scalable business ideas are key to unlocking youth potential in Kenya.

 

When the #UrbanResilienceHackathon challenge came to a close. The winners were:

 

Category: Environmental Conservation and Water Use

  • Eco-Burn youth team with their innovative solution: A website and mobile app that connects businesses with surplus food to those in need while at the same time helping businesses to effectively manage food waste.

 

 

Category: Public and open space

  • Ganadores youth team with their solution to address urban challenges in Public and Open spaces creating a safe space in public areas to promote breastfeeding, menstrual hygiene management and overall women's health.

 

 

Category: Innovative Business Solutions

  • Agrinnovators Youth team with their solution: Hydroponic farming: a technology where plants are grown without using soil