Theme: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-13; Taking action to combat Climate Change and its impacts through Innovation & utilization of open data

Makerere University School of Public Health – Resilient Africa Network (RAN) in collaboration with AidData Center for Development Policy  (AidData – USA); a Partner Development Lab under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) and National Information Technology Authority  Uganda (NITA – U )invite you to the 3rd Annual Hackathon that will take place on Friday, 22nd July 2016  from 7:30am – 6:00pm at the RAN Innovation Space (Plot 30 Upper Kololo Terrace opposite Kololo Airstrip). The hackathon will bring together developers, innovators, Entrepreneurs, Designers, Social Scientists and students from different disciplines and backgrounds to co-create solutions to climate change and its impacts through cross-disciplinary collaboration and mentorship.

Problem: Climate Change is expected to have a significant effect on the livelihoods of people living in poor communities. Globally, seasons are shifting, temperatures are rising and sea levels constantly fluctuating and due to climate change disasters such as landslides, floods, disease epidemics, famine, drought, are increasing in frequency and severity. Significant investments of development aid, government revenues and innovative interventions will be necessary to reduce these negative effects and provide effective options to combat climate change and its impacts on livelihoods.

The objective of this hackathon is to use data and other open geospatial data sources to explore climate change vulnerability and adaptability so as to develop novel solutions that address climate change and its impacts.


Participants will be challenged to use geospatial data to develop maps, mobile applications, visual aids and to leverage a variety of technology tools to create innovative solutions to address climate change and its impacts. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to hone their skills in innovative problem solving, geospatial research, program/policy design, to contribute towards development.

Join us and be part of the solutions!