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254 COVID-19 VIRTUAL HACKATHON

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BACKGROUND

The Health Sector in Kenya continues to face many challenges notwithstanding the continued focus on the need to improve health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for enhanced transparency and accountability in management of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya has particularly been in sharp focus after media reports on alleged corruption in procurement processes for COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) through the Action for Transparency (A4T) project implemented with support from Fojo Media Institute, developed a COVID-19 Aid Tracker to help citizens track use of COVID-19 resources. The COVID-19 Aid Tracker seeks to enhance transparency and accountability in the use of COVID-19 resources by disseminating information on how much resources have been mobilised and utilised by different public institutions to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic at national and county level.

A Rapid Assessment Report on Transparency and Accountability Measures by County Governments in Response to COVID-19 in Kenya however highlighted some of the transparency and accountability gaps in dealing with the pandemic. One of the gaps highlighted was the inadequate availability of information on use of public funds in the COVID-19 Response measures at both National and County level.

Enhanced avenues for enhancing citizens access to information on utilisation of public resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic such as the COVID-19 Aid Tracker therefore remain an important aspect of improving transparency and accountability. Journalists, community leaders, civil society activists and local civil servants will be empowered to effectively monitor government funds and report suspected mismanagement of resources meant for dealing with the pandemic.

WHAT? – KENYA COVID-19 VIRTUAL HACKATHON

The Kenya COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon seeks to engage web-based software developers in further developing the COVID-19 Aid Tracker using a functional prototype to enhance data visualisation and track corruption cases on COVID-19.

CHALLENGE I
How can we better visualise data on the COVID 19 Aid Tracker?
CHALLENGE II
How can we crowd source and present (Figures & Stories) on COVID 19 corruption cases?

WHO? – PARTICIPATION IS OPEN TO TEAMS OF KENYAN SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS & WEB DESIGNERS

WHEN? - 28TH JANUARY - 12TH FEBRUARY 2021

  1. Applications will be open from 28th January – 6th February 2021
  2. Successful participants will be notified on 7th February 2021
  3. A Hackathon Conference will be done with the participants on 8th February 2021
  4. Hacking will go on from 9th – 11th February 2021
  5. Judging will be done on 12th February 2021
  6. Winners will be informed and awarded from 12th February 2021

HOW? – VIRTUALLY

  1. Apply online through the Media-Tech Hub –Innovation Lab

  2. Successful applicants proceed to the Hackathon Conference

  3. Create a Slack account for your team

  4. Submit a functional prototype + pitch (Presentation)

AWARDS? – PRIZES FOR WINNERS

CHALLENGE I

COVID-19 AID Tracker Visualisations of Data

Grant Kshs. 200,000

CHALLENGE II

COVID-19 Corruption

Grant -Kshs. 200,000

OTHER BENEFITS

  • Giveaways (Branded giveaways from partners)
  • Reimbursement for internet costs to participants
  • Participation in showcasing activities
  • Free training opportunities
  • Join a network of Techies for Social Change
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Possible engagement (Volunteer, Intern, Consultancy opportunities)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE MEDIA-TECH HUB

The Media-Tech Hub (MTH) is an initiative being implemented by Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) and Fojo Media Institute (Fojo). This initiative developed from working with journalists under the Action for Transparency (A4T) project which uses a combination of media and technology to empower citizens including journalists on monitoring the use of public resources in Kenya.

The Media-Tech Hub Platform is an online innovative space for positive social change using all forms of media. It brings together social change software developers/innovators and journalists to develop and harness the use of innovative solutions leveraging on use of technology and data to bring about transparency and accountability. Here, Journalists can meet and brainstorm with innovators/software developers and jointly develop innovative solutions to address the gaps in achieving effective reporting on accountability issues affecting people’s everyday lives.

Innovative solutions and tools from the Media-Tech Hub will be used for data mining, analysis and dissemination to provide ready content for use by journalists, activists and social change actors. The solutions are geared towards promoting good governance, transparency and accountability in different sectors and at different levels of governance from within communities, nationally and regionally.

PARTNERS

Transparency International Kenya,  Fojo Media Institute, Magamba, Technosol Africa, Innovation For Change, IREX, African Voices

Putting the Power of Tech in Journalists’ Hands

Media promoting good governance, transparency and accountability in different sectors and at different levels of governance from within communities, nationally and regionally.

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