Technology based solutions in the fight against Gender Based Violence
A Social Work Lecturer, Rachel Freeman, from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Services, together with computing students (both male and females) from UNAM and other educational institutions such as the International University of Management (IUM), the Gender Based Violence Prevention experts from the Office of the First Lady, Legal Assistance Centre, ChildLine/Lifeline and Regain Trust recently joined the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in the first Gender Based Violence (GBV) Hackathon. A hackathon is a software developing session undertaken simultaneously by more than one team.
The aim of the GBV Hackathon was to create innovative technologybased solutions (both mobile and web applications) to help eliminate GBV in Namibia and beyond. Also, it offered the participants an opportunity to design mobile and web-based applications, providing solutions in the prevention, reporting and responding to GBV. At this event, 65 students from UNAM, NUST, IUM and high school learners participated and competed for prizes.
During the event, at regular intervals, a GBV Expert Informant team interjected to inform, co-design and test the designs during its development. The team also served as Judges to evaluate the solutions and select winners. The event ended with an award-giving session where four winning teams got prices for outstanding innovations. The overall winning team also presented its solution at the National ICT Summit at the Windhoek Country Club Resort, 10 – 12 October 2016.
The Hackathon was organised by the NUST Faculty of Computing and Informatics in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady, Namibia’s Women in Computing Society (NWIC) and Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Google Developers Group Windhoek, Standard Bank, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, National Youth Council of Namibia, Telecom Namibia and ACM Windhoek Chapter.