Kingston Hackathon for Girls aged 11-18

To help address the STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Arts and Design) skills shortage in the UK, and to inspire the next generation of young women, as well as push for economic empowerment and inclusion through technology, Unilever and are joining forces to host a series of events related to United Nations Sustainable Development Girls’ hackathons across the UK. The Kingston event will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of October 2018. The event will be held at Unilever House: 3 St James's Road- KT1 2BA

60 girls, aged 11 to 18 years from the most disadvantaged communities of Kingston, are invited to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, practice Design Thinking, explore the Kano Computer Kit, the iamtheCODE iDEA Curriculum, compete and create with technology and code. The event is aligned with Unilever’s vision of a new way of doing business – which is one that delivers growth by serving society and the planet. Preferably we would like teachers and parents to accompany the girls. All food and transportation will be provided.

Hackathon Objectives

By the end of the two days session, attendees will:

  • Decode the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and understand key indicators
  • Build solutions based on the Tracks and Challenges
  • Be educated and informed about the Global Goals and invited to take
    individual actions.
  • Use the power of Arts to design the Goals.
  • Get hands-on the iamtheCODE Design Thinking framework to build
    technology solutions: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test
  • Collaborate and co-create to build more tech solutions with local partners.
  • Work with marginalised communities to build apps, present or prototypes that
    can be presented on the day.

Prizes: Computers Kits, Tee shirts and other goodies

About iamtheCODE

Created by the award-winning Senegalese-born British technologist, Academy Member of the Global Teacher Prize and Young Global Leader, Marième Jamme, the iamtheCODE movement is designed to promote access in the area of STEAMED (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, entrepreneurship and design) in young girls and women and to collaborate with governments, philanthropic foundations, civil society and the private sector to invest in new technologies to ensure that by 2030 we have 1 million women and girls enabled through technology and digital literacy.

Recently recognized by the United Nations, iamtheCODE is the first African-led initiative to explore the potential of digital technologies to improve the lives of women and girls in marginalized and deprived communities around the world.

The organization is supported by many prominent organizations, including the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the UN High Level Panel of Women Economic Empowerment, Microsoft, UBS, Unilever, the Gates Foundation, and UNICEF. We are dedicated to empowering women and girls to achieve their full economic potential.

iamtheCODE enables young girls and women to participate in the digital revolution so that they can hold the jobs of the future in the technology industry. iamtheCODE relies on its unique global curriculum and its proven approach and methodology to develop these future digital leaders. We know the empowerment of girls’ fuels economies and supports productivity and growth. Committed to the vision of equality for all and enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, iamtheCODE works towards:

The elimination of discrimination against women and girls

  • Empowerment of women and girls through technology
  • Take action for women’s and girl’s economic right and opportunities.
  • Equality between men and women as partners and beneficiaries of development, rights of man, of humanitarian action, peace and security

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