Pacific Island Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) to Coordinate First Ever Regional Hackathon

Press Release

Suva. 7 December 2021
 

The Pacific Island Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) have been awarded a grant from the UNDP PFM project to host the first ever regional hackathon. The hackathon which is expected to take place in February 2022, will bring together techies, innovators, problem solvers from the region to explore digital solutions for Pacific parliaments.   “We are equally excited to take on this challenge to host the first ever regional hackathon. It has been a challenging year for us all and we hope this event will elevate the need for digital solutions and also welcome this opportunity to showcase the technical talent and capabilities of the Pacific” Cherie Lagakali – PICISOC Board    To pull off such a feat, UNDP’s PFM project and the Parliamentary project are combining efforts to seek solutions that will eventually contribute to increased citizen engagement and the overall transparency and accountability principles that have been promoted by both projects. “A few Parliaments have expressed their keen interest to partner and engage in the hackathon process. Its all very new, but they are intrigued with the process and are keen to adopt this as an avenue to find the much-needed digital solutions” Hassan Khan – UNDP Parliamentary project. PICISOC (Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society) is a non-profit, non-government organisation with members who have an interest in the Internet in the Pacific. It focuses on local issues and developments in the Pacific region and seeks to provide impartial advise to governments and the public on Internet-related matters that are relevant to Pacific Island people. PICISOC will work closely with interested Parliaments to co-design the problem statement which will be announced with an open challenge and invite for participation. Individuals/Teams can then sign up to take part in the first ever regional hackathon. Those that are keen to learn more, can find out more by emailing picisocboard@gmail.com, website link coming soon! For more information, contact Marine Destrez the UNDP PFM Project Manager on marine.destrez@undp.org  

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