Jazz SDG Hackathon 2018

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]500+ applicants…
109 selected ….
coached by industry specialists……
proposed solutions for 29 civic problems based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being
  • SDG Goal 4: Quality Education
  • SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG Goal 9: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG Goal 11: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The two and half days’ event, held from 7th to 9th December 2018 at the National Incubation Center, Islamabad is another feather in the cap of Code for Pakistan. The pioneer of Civic Hackathons in Pakistan, Code for Pakistan in partnership with Jazz and Open Islamabad brought together the finest minds from the twin cities. The winners of the event are:

1st Prize: Project Smart Bra for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Team Vixen developed a prototype i.e. a smart bra which detects the symptoms of breast cancer in early stages. Targeting SDG Goal 3, the team developed a mobile app which receives data from the sensors within the smart bra. In their three minute pitch to the judges, the team showed a demo of the prototype to the judges. The project was well received as every year 40,000 women die of breast cancer. It is a very cost-effective tool for early detection and is affordable with lower household incomes.
Vixen wants to start an awareness session throughout Pakistan in tandem with the complete development of the application in future. Project details and team members information can be found here.

2nd Prize: Liquid Impurity Detector Technology in 7 seconds

Team FIDeTech developed a prototype to detect impurities in water. One of the major issues in Pakistan is contaminated water, so much so that even vegetables are grown in sewage water causing numerous gastric diseases all around Pakistan.
Focusing on SDG 9, sensors are used to detect water contamination levels according to ISO standards and transmit the data to the user using a mobile app prototyped during the hackathon.
Project details and team members information can be found here.
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3rd Prize: Dost – Hum Sab Ka

Based on SDG 3, Dost is an AI based project that aims to provide help and build a support community for mental illness. The increasing rate of suicides in young people is alarming so the project aims to understand the feelings of a distressed person and accordingly provide timely support to them.
Project details and team members information can be found here.

Asim Ghaffar, President Code for Pakistan shared his thoughts:

“The idea behind activities such as this Hackathon is to promote a culture of innovation, particularly civic innovation, that is, to solve our own problems as citizens of Pakistan. Although Code for Pakistan has played with various civic themes, for the past couple of years, we have settled for SDGs; those being the common language between diverse communities such as the civic hackers, CSOs, the private sector, and Governments. I am pleased to see that our hackathons are getting more and more traction every year. Each year bigger names like Jazz and Open Islamabad are being added to the sponsors’ list, in turn, bringing in more supporters and above all brilliant hackers.”


Out of the five development goals, most of the projects were centered around SDG 3, 4 and 11. Other projects included RealPharma aimed to eradicate the sales of fake medicines; Jeroty, a project aimed to promote the cottage industry of women entrepreneurs of Gilgit-Baltistan; Smart Bins for efficient garbage collection; Tanawul, a solution to stop food wastage; ForiTaleem, a mobile application to find tutors who do not charge an arm and a leg for helping students Details about all ideas pitched during the event can be found here.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]The participants of the Hackathon unanimously appreciated the ambience; the National Incubation Center, Islamabad provides a start-up based environment that nurtures the entrepreneur thinking. The food and the goody bags also nourished their ideas into reality. The participants also appreciated the help provided by the mentors on spot in steering their project in the right direction.

Nearing the end of the Hackathon, the 29 teams pitched their projects. Each team was given three minutes to pitch and two minutes to answer the questions asked by the judges. A workshop was conducted in the morning to help the participants tailor their project descriptions within three minutes of the allotted time. The teams appreciated this workshop of the Hackathon because many of them were fresh graduates and needed help in preparing their pitch.

The details, rules, and information on the judges and mentors can be found here.

Speaking at the end of the event, Ali Naseer the Head of Corporate Affairs, Jazz congratulated the winners and emphasized that

Civic Hackathons are much needed in a country like Pakistan where most of the population is between the ages of 25 to 35 years and people need to solve their own problems as they have the capacity to do so.

Ali Naseer presented the first, second and third prizes to the winners.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat also took an active part in the Hackathon, even joining the pre-event – a panel discussion creating awareness around SDGs. He has actively been promoting the Hackathon, calling for registration; he also spoke about the importance of civic participation in such activities through his official twitter account. He appreciated the efforts and the exciting projects presented by the teams and shared some of the administrative issues around Islamabad, encouraging residents to come forward with solutions.

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An Incredible Weekend for Civic Hacking in Islamabad!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Second Islamabad Civic Hackathon and made it a huge success! You brought such tremendous positive energy towards creating civic solutions for Pakistan. Hats off to all the newly-ignited civic innovators!

Our Second Annual Islamabad Civic Hackathon brought together 150 civic-minded developers, designers, data analysts, professionals, students, mentors, and innovators at The Hive in Islamabad on the 16th and 17th of July, 2016.


As with our previous four civic hackathons, it is always amazing to see people use their skills and energy to improve their society and the lives of citizens! They formed teams and prototyped web and mobile applications around themes that improve the lives of citizens in Islamabad — education, health, poverty and development, social change, and sustainable city.


The Islamabad Civic Hackathon was conceived as a platform for civic engagement and creation of solutions to meet challenges that Islamabad’s citizens face today. The weekend-long event generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm amongst the diverse group of participants and mentors. With hands-on guidance and mentoring from experts in relevant fields, this turned out to be a learning experience for all involved.


With 24 teams in all, we were especially heartened to see a big turnout of women. Some amazing apps were created during the hackathon, yet the biggest triumph this weekend was the tremendous spirit of civic engagement that all the participants, mentors, judges, and partners demonstrated all weekend.

The Judges’ awards went to:
  • First Place: Dastaweezat, an app that allows students to apply to multiple universities with a single application form.
  • Second Place: Chota Ustaad, an app that connects students with online tutors for easy and improved access to education.
  • Third Place went to three teams:
    • Bijli Pe Nazar, a solution that collects data on household electricity consumption to enable citizens to take energy efficient decisions
    • Shafaaf Voting, a digital voting app to curb riggings in election
    • Baagh Baagh, a mobile app for donating and sharing plants from your garden.
  • The Audience Favorite award went to No Food Wasted, an online website for diverting food wastage towards feeding poor people.

5See all the creative ideas and applications that the participants created at the hackathon: http://isbhacks2016.devpost.com/submissions

The winning teams will receive assistance and guidance from The Nest I/O and Invest2Innovate, in addition to services from Microsoft and Google. They were also fast-tracked through to Invest2Innovate’s Slush pitching event on July 29.

Many thanks to our sponsors National Endowment for Democracy, Arbisoft and Telenor Pakistan, and our partners,  Media Matters for Democracy, Teradata, Invest2Innovate, Google Developers Group (GDG) Islamabad, Microsoft, The Nest I/O, Global Shapers Islamabad, IRIS.pk, Media Clicks, MediaClub – GIki, Smile Network, Clary Icon, Red Bull, and Second Cup Pakistan.

And a very special thanks to our dear friends at OPEN Islamabad who co-organized the event with Code for Pakistan, and to the incredible team of volunteers at our Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab who did a phenomenal job pulling the event together.


We’ve loved receiving love notes from those who participated in the Civic Hackathon.



If you’d like to learn more, here’s press coverage of the event:


& http://www.dawn.com/news/1275340

Express Tribune



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