VAW Hackathon- A Tool to Develop the Tool!

The disruption in the Kathmandu valley due to bandh today could not stop the groups of enthusiastic developers, civil society organizations and experts to participate in the Violence against Women Hackathon. The program began with the welcome remarks from Mr. Bibhusa Bista, CEO of Young Innovations. In her opening remarks, Ms. Luiza Nora, Social Development Specialist at the World Bank welcomed everybody and expressed her view that it's exciting to see remarkably good participation despite the bandh today and hopefully the hackthon today will be worth all the effort. To proceed with the program, Mr. Anjesh Tuladhar, COO of Young Innovations briefed the participants about the day's agenda which was followed by the pitching session where a team leader from each of the 17 group, comprising of six to seven participants pitched their respective project idea.

A representative from one of the civil society organizations was of the view that Hackathon is a very good idea to engage youth force in addressing issues and challenges associated with violence against women because it mixes real problems with technology to come up with innovative applications which makes things move faster and in more efficient manner. With this spirit, the hacking has begun and will continue until late today where hackers are expected to develop smart and need-based tools and applications which will support the work of organizations working in the area of violence against women and ultimately address the real problems of women who have been victims of various kinds of violence for years.