The Make Space Hackathon is a digital competition that aims to provide change-makers with the tools they need to develop technological solutions that address Pakistan’s urgent population issue.
Before the competition began, it was clear that there would be a strong desire to develop novel solutions. Given the more than 600 applications received from around the nation.
Ayesha Leghari, the country director for PSI Pakistan, put emphasis on the need for quick action at the hackathon, saying, “This is an uphill struggle that we can win if we employ out-of-the-box ideas and innovations that break through the hurdles of accessibility and cultural restrictions.”
60 teams competed against one another over the course of the three-day hackathon to develop practical and long-lasting solutions. 11 teams made it to the conclusion of the three-day competition. To compete in the grand finale on June 30 at NED University’s NICK Auditorium.
The finalist was given the assignment of pitching their idea in front of family planning and startup industry professionals.
The judges for the finals, Ayesha Leghari, Omar Abedin, Habibullah Khan, Shamim Rajani, Faizan Laghari, Dr. Sara Shahzad, and Adnan Siraj, selected team Caliber as the winner of the first prize. And teams WoKahani as well as Humrah as the runners up after listening to several fantastic pitches.
Furthermore, the prize money for the winner was one million rupees, and for the runners-up, it was one hundred thousand rupees each.
“The work that PSI Pakistan conducts is crucial for the economic security of the nation. And it corresponds with our aspirations as an incubator. That is a member of a wide public-private partnership network,” said Omar Abedin, Project Director at NICK. Expressing his joy at being able to engage with PSI Pakistan.