Ten local high school pupils in South Africa secured the top prize at a Silicon Valley Hackathon sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in collaboration with Symantec and Africa Teen Geeks.
ITweb reports that the pupils come from disadvantaged Gauteng communities, but has gone all the way to claim the first place prize as well as the people’s choice award voted for by Symantec employees and other teams at the event.
The pupils aged 13-17 created a game to educate their peers about human trafficking and how to help potential victims without putting their lives and the victim’s life in danger. As part of a Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, Hackathon4Justice participants were asked to develop educational games that teach values around criminal justice to their peers.
Teens from #SouthAfrica, #Bolivia & #Indonesia were selected to participate in the Silicon Valley-based #hackathon organised by @Symantec, @AfricaTeenGeeks & @UNODC‘s #Education4Justice.#Hackathon4Justicehttps://t.co/ltapassALH pic.twitter.com/9Ck1lSbF0x
— Doha Declaration (@DohaDeclaration) June 22, 2018
The South African pupils named “Wakanda Vibes” would be closely followed by their Indonesia and Bolivia counterparts nicknamed ‘Beyond Zero’ and ‘Cultura Marraqueta’ in second and third place respectively.
Expressing delight on receiving the awards, Lindiwe Matlali, founder of Africa Teen Geeks, a non-profit organization which provided computer training to the SA participants said,
“We are ecstatic to have won the overall winning prize. The exposure of being in Silicon Valley inspired the kids to strive for greater heights. Now, their aspirations have been raised and they see themselves as future digital leaders.”
Africa Teen Geeks are one of the many leading organizations spurring the growth of technology in the African region, so far, the movement claims to have had an impact on over 40,000 South African children through its ICT skills development initiatives.
The winning team at the Hackathon4Justice event walked away with Ipads and a trophy.
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