Hackathon seeks solution to human trafficking, others
Some 70 application developers gathered at a first hackathon in Lagos, in search of future technological solutions to the growing trends of human trafficking and related vices in Africa, seventy
The Hackathon was convened by Booking.com, IamtheCode.org and Chowberry Inc and also aimed to empower participants with opportunities and reduce the risk of them been trafficked.
The developers were meant to ideate and develop technological solutions that will assist in tracking human traffickers.
Yimika Fagbenro, senior account manager, Booking.com (Nigeria & West Africa), expressed confidence that applications from the coders will meet world standards and scalable to solve societal problems. “We are really excited about the knowledge and skills of Nigerians.
On her part, Marieme Jamme, founder of I Am The CODE, UK, said hackathon was part of the Initiative’s plans to grow one million women and girls coders around the world, but for Nigeria they are focused on addressing sustainable tourism. Jamme continues to say that Artificial intelligence can stop girls being trafficked as we now have the data”
“We are in Nigeria to organise a Hackathon with Booking.com on Sustainable Tourism.. I Am The Code is on the mission to grow one million women and girls coders- around the world by year 2030 and Nigeria should be part of the global data. So, we are here to engage with coders- to look into the back/front ends coders, test their skills on JAVA, Python; to be part of this global network where we are building Africa’s largest database of coders. The plan is to fill the skills deficit we have across Africa. A pioneer in Tech in Africa, Marieme Jamme is a coder herself, having not gone to school but learnt 7 coding languages in under 2 years”
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