“Hack-The-Big 4” Devolved to Bomet County

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Participants at the Hackathon

Hackathon gives exciting opportunity for youth to showcase technology use in the Big Four Agenda & Bomet County Integrated Development Plan 2018-22

Bomet County played host to probably the first county based hackathon targeting ‘’the-big4-agenda’’ and the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2018-2022. This marks a major milestone for the county where ICTs and the Youth Agenda are being mainstreamed.

This Hackathon is an offshoot of the first Big4 Hackathon held in Nairobi on the 8th and the 15th of September 2018 at the HeriHub, National Museums of Kenya. The hackathon’s focus is an innovation and mentorship platform that seeks to nurture ideas and technology solutions developed by youth and which centre on tangible economic and social impacts in the Big 4 Agenda.

The Bomet Hackathon was held over the past 2 days on the 8th and 9th of October 2018, where the Big 4 issues and the CIDP were demystified on the first day and then the participants broke away into various interest groups to consolidate their ideas.

The youth will use the next two weeks to refine their ideas under the guidance of mentors as they are prepared to face judges on the 22nd of October 2018.  Bomet County is hosting the Lake Regions Development Bloc Conference from the 23rd to the 26th of October 2018. This presents an excellent opportunity for the Hackathon winners to showcase their ideas to the 14 county governors present. This has been made possible by Huawei being a major sponsor of both the Hackathon and the LREB Conference.

The winning solutions will be awarded and supported to full development.

In Kenya more than one in every 5 Kenyans is aged between 15 to 24 years thus totaling to almost 10 million strong youth that are vital for Kenya’s future. As a result, about 10 million young people in the next decade are projected to enter the labor market which currently employs only 2.3 million in the formal sector.

The youth population continues to experience high levels of unemployment and underemployment – and thus the tech-solutions can not only solve the Big 4 issues, but also address this challenge of creating jobs for themselves and their peers. The developers therefore embark on leveraging the impact the youth have in the country to create long lasting and immediate solutions to the existing challenges and gaps in various sectors of the economy.